- 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.
- 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
- 1967, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama: 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
- Candace Faulkner — Wife
- Joseph Culp — Son
- France Nuyen — Ex-wife
- Samantha Hallie Culp — Daughter
- Joshua Culp — Son
- Nancy Ashe — Ex-wife
- Rachel Culp — Daughter
- Jason Culp — Son
- Sheila Sullivan — Ex-wife
- Elayne — Ex-wife
- Joe Collins — Grandfather
- Bethel Collins Culp — Mother
- Crozie Culp — Father
- 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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