Became interested in acting as a boy and staged marionette shows before performing in community-theater productions at age 14.
Earned money as a teen drawing cartoons for San Francisco Bay-area newspapers and magazines.
Standout in track and field, specializing in the pole vault, and was offered athletic scholarships to six colleges.
Achieved success on the New York stage in He Who Gets Slapped and A Clearing in the Woods; performed in the first U.S. staging of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
First lead role on TV came in 1957 as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman on Trackdown before his breakout success on I Spy in 1965, for which he wrote the pilot script and six other episodes.
Was nominated for three consecutive Emmys for I Spy, but lost each time to costar Bill Cosby.
Active in the civil-rights movement; produced and directed the acclaimed civil-rights documentary Operation Breadbasket.
Biggest film success came in 1969 with Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.
Lone film directed was 1972's Hickey & Boggs.
Returned to TV prominence on The Greatest American Hero in 1981 as an FBI agent helping a superhero.
Broadened his fan base as Ray's father-in-law on Everybody Loves Raymond.
1967, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Nominee
1967, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama: Nominee
1967, Golden Globe — Actor in a Television Series: Nominee
1968, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Nominee
1966, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Nominee
Rachel Culp — Daughter
Joshua Culp — Son
Nancy Ashe — Ex-wife
Elayne — Ex-wife
Joe Collins — Grandfather
Crozie Culp — Father
Jason Culp — Son
Sheila Sullivan — Ex-wife
Bethel Collins Culp — Mother
France Nuyen — Ex-wife
Samantha Hallie Culp — Daughter
Candace Faulkner — Wife
Joseph Culp — Son
College of the Pacific, Stockton, California, United States (1949); attended San Francisco State College, San Francisco, California, United States; attended University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States