Robert Culp

  • Birth Name: Robert Martin Culp
  • Birth Place: Berkeley, California, United States
  • Died: March 24, 2010
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Director
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Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Nominee
  • 1967, Golden Globe — Actor in a Television Series: Nominee
  • 1966, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Nominee
  • 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

Relationships

  • Elayne — Ex-wife
  • Candace Faulkner — Wife
  • Joseph Culp — Son
  • Joe Collins — Grandfather
  • Bethel Collins Culp — Mother
  • Joshua Culp — Son
  • Nancy Ashe — Ex-wife
  • Samantha Hallie Culp — Daughter
  • Rachel Culp — Daughter
  • Jason Culp — Son
  • Sheila Sullivan — Ex-wife
  • France Nuyen — Ex-wife
  • Crozie Culp — Father

College

  • 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

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