We are deeply saddened to report that actor Robert Culp died this morning outside his home in Hollywood. Culp teamed with Bill Cosby in the racially groundbreaking TV series I Spy, The Greatest American Hero and was Bob in the critically acclaimed sex comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, died Wednesday after collapsing outside his Hollywood home, his manager said. Culp was 79.
Culp also had starring roles in such films as The Castaway Cowboy, Golden Girl, Turk 182! and Big Bad Mama II.
His teaming with Cosby, however, was likely his best remembered role.
Cosby won Emmys for actor in a leading role all three years that I Spy aired, and Culp, who was nominated for the same award each year, said he was never jealous. “I was the proudest man around,” he said in a 1977 interview.
He remained active in movies and TV. Among his notable later performances was as a U.S. president in 1993’s The Pelican Brief. More recently, he had a recurring role as Patricia Heaton’s father in the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and appeared in such shows as Robot Chicken, Chicago Hope and an episode of Cosby.
Our thoughts and prayers go to his family, and our deepest condolences go to series co-stars Bill Cosby, William Katt, and Connie Sellecca. He was an amazing man with a wonderful sense of humor and a love of the acting profession. He’ll be greatly missed.