Received a football scholarship from Florida State University, where he was an offensive lineman.
Worked as a salesman for WGN in Chicago and had a brief stint as a weatherman.
Acting break came when fellow FSU graduate Burt Reynolds got him cast as his younger brother in a stage production of The Rainmaker in 1972.
Met wife Heather Menzies on the set of a Libby's corned-beef-hash commercial in 1974.
Was diagnosed with cancer in 1996 while starring in The Lazarus Man on TNT.
Became spokesperson for the American Cancer Society in 1998.
1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
Allison Grady Urich — Daughter
John Urich — Father
Tom Urich — Brother
Ryan Urich — Son
Barbara Rucker — Ex-wife
Cecilia Urich — Mother
Emily Urich — Daughter
Heather Menzies — Wife
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States (BA in Radio and Television Communications, 1968); Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States (MA in Broadcast Research and Management, 1971)