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Robert Culp Rest in Peace

Updated on March 12, 2011

Actor Robert Culp is Dead at 79

I was shocked to find this. I had been unable to sleep (as usual) and read some Hubs on keywords. When I went into Google to find out what the most recent searches were, I found this. Robert Culp 1930-2010.

Robert Culp, best known to me from the I Spy series in which he co-starred with Bill Cosby. He also starred in "Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice" the controversial film of 1969. I know this because as an avid Natalie Wood fan I watched every movie she was ever in. (not in 1969 of course, I was too young.)

In my research I found out that he didn't originally want to be an actor. Originally he wanted to be an artist. In his youth he created a puppet theater and puppets, and later was well on his way to becoming an illustrator and cartoonist for Disney. That was his plan before World War II.

When he was fourteen he read for a part that by his own admission, he was terrible in. Playing the leader of the band with two entrances in the play, he was hooked on the sound of the audience. He was an actor from then on, even getting thrown out of the senior play in High School, because of a schedule conflict with the Community Playhouse. He was unable to make all of the rehearsals for the High School play.

He would go on to star in movies and television series for 40 years.

I chose this video because it is mostly Robert Culp, and a recap of the series, for those of you who missed it.

The Greatest American Hero

From 1981 to 1983 Robert Culp co-starred with Willam Katt in The Greatest American Hero. William Katt played a school teacher named Ralph Hinkley who was selected by "green men" to be a hero. Robert Culp's character is an FBI agent who is selected to be his partner in making the world a better place.

Throughout his career from first to last, Robert Culp played a man's man, who never took himself too seriously. Bill Cosby said that as the oldest, he had always wished for an older brother, and Robert Culp filled that role.

Robert Culp has left a legacy behind, because he was bitten by the acting bug, that turned him from future Disney cartoonist to an American Hero in his own right.

Full Length Interview with Robert Culp, 2007

It is sad to me that he is gone. I will watch these videos again after I have finished the hub in memoriam to a man who thought he had it all figured out at the age of fourteen. He was athletic and artistic, and knew what he wanted to be, until he stepped on that stage, and then he was never the same again.

It is that moment that comes to each of us in our lives that takes us in a new direction and allows us to touch others in a way we never knew was possible.

Other Hubs remembering Robert Culp

http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Influence-of-Robert-Culp-Bill-Cosby-and-I-Spy

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      sophs 7 years ago

      Great hub Faybe, you're such a thoughtful person :)

      R.I.P Robert

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Sophs! You are so sweet! I was still editing! (I had start instead of star). Thank you for being here with me.

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      keiranthapa 7 years ago from Darjeeling

      A brilliant biography in a nutshell.

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      John Harper 7 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Errrm....Rest in PEACE.....resting in pieces is another thing all together!

      I'm also sorry to see him go. Glad you spotted it ans wrote him an obit.

      John

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      Ronnie Sowell 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub. I did one too and wondered if I could link yours?

      Thanks from another fan.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you. I have been watching shows, whole episodes of I Spy on YouTube. They all had embedding disabled though.

      Resspenser, of course you can link to mine. I will go get yours now.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Aquasilver, Thank you! That will teach me to write when I am tired. I honestly missed that I even did that! Proof reading is a lost art.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Very nice hub for Robert Culp. I always liked him and its sad that he passed away. Thanks for writing this hub.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Pamela. It was hard to know what to say. All of the articles and videos are marked as copyright and do not use, and embedding disabled. I think it's crazy. I can't feel? I feel sad. So can I copyright that? Even dead at his age and how he passed was already marked with do not use warnings!

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      I didn't know this either. Thanks for sharing the news with us, Faybe and may he rest in peace.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Ann. I wish I remembered more. I am hoping someone else who does will do a fine tribute. You didn't hear much about him because he wasn't a drunk, or on drugs, or cheating on his wife. Sadly, we hear more bad news than good.

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      He was a handsome guy and so very cool.

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      Rafini 7 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      You pinned his persona so well

      - "Robert Culp played a man's man, who never took himself too seriously. Bill Cosby said that as the oldest, he had always wished for an older brother, and Robert Culp filled that role."

      RIP

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great hub, terrific tribute, and you got him to the life.

      Requisiat in Pace.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Rafini, and Carolina Muscle! I am glad that you agree, and yes Muscle he was such a cool guy. I think he was funny and the kind of guy anyone would have been proud to call a friend, a role model.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Paradise. I am hoping someone will remember more of the shows he was in, I read he was in Everybody Loves Raymond, but I never really watched the show.

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      alexandriaruthk 7 years ago from US

      wow, a great tribute, He truly deserve this hub and more!

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      I agree. He is a gentleman of many great tributes!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Terrific hub. I adored Robert Culp and was so sorry to hear of his passing.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you, I miss him too. They don't make them like they used to!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      beautiful hub to a well deserving man, thank you, Maita

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Maita.

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