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    Actor Robert Culp dies after fall
    By Todd Leopold, CNN
    March 24, 2010 -- Updated 2226 GMT (0626 HKT)



    Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Robert Culp, the actor who rose to fame as secret agent Kelly Robinson on the groundbreaking 1960s TV series "I Spy" and later played Ray Romano's father-in-law on "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died. He was 79.

    Culp died of a fall in a Los Angeles park, said his publicist, Dick Delson. Delson had no further details.

    The versatile Culp not only acted in "I Spy," which aired on NBC from 1965 to 1968, he also wrote several episodes. The series, which also starred Bill Cosby as Robinson's partner (and, as their covers, trainer to Culp's globe-trotting tennis player), was the first to feature an African-American in a lead role; Cosby won three Emmys for his work.

    "I never had so much fun in my life, never, before or since," he said of "I Spy" in a 2007 interview with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Archive of American Television.

    Culp and Cosby remained good friends after the series left air.

    But Culp could be hard on himself, he said -- material he channeled into Kelly Robinson.

    "There are a lot of flaws in Kelly Robinson, much more than you see in the ordinary leading character on a TV show," he said. "Those all come from inside. Those are all part of me."

    Culp made the transition to motion picture actor with mixed success. He starred in 1969's "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," a talked-about film about spouse-swapping couples, as well as 1971's "Hannah Caulder," opposite Raquel Welch, and 1972's "Hickey & Boggs." Later in his career, he also appeared in "The Pelican Brief" (1993).

    But he was most often seen on television, appearing in dozens of series episodes and TV movies over his 50-year career, starting with scores of episodes of Westerns and Golden Age dramas in the '50s and early '60s.

    His notable credits include a co-starring role in the series "The Greatest American Hero" and appearances on "The Cosby Show," "Columbo," "Wings," "Chicago Hope" and "Raymond."

    Culp is survived by his fifth wife, Candace Faulkner.

    CNN's Jack Hannah and Alan Duke contributed to this report.

    Actor Robert Culp dies after fall - CNN.com

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    here's the age difference in my family.

    i remember him from I spy, my 16 yr old daughter remembered him from Everybody Loves Raymond.

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    Wow five wives! I was never a big fan of his. Wonder how he "fell"? How old was his latest wife?
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    AAAAAWWWWWW, I LOVE Robert Culp. He was hysterical in The Greatest
    American Hero. He also once played a very creepy murderer in Columbo.
    R.I.P. Bob and thanks for all the laughter.

    He did age terribly quickly in recent years, though. He looked ill in October 2009:


    This is what he still looked like late 2005:
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    The local news said he fell while jogging. His bday is Aug 16th, so was Fess Parkers YIKES so is mine.

    his clever website.

    ::: robert culp :::

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witchywoman View Post
    The local news said he fell while jogging. His bday is Aug 16th, so was Fess Parkers YIKES so is mine.

    his clever website.

    ::: robert culp :::
    I like how in his bio, it says

    "Robert has had five wives, five children, and five granchildren. He is very proud of all the children and grandchildren."

    I guess not too proud of the wives..

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    First reports say he was on a walk near his home, fell, hit his head and
    was found by a jogger who called 911. He died half an hour after arriving
    at the hospital. His son was first told he'd suffered a heart attack but
    so far they're not sure if his fall/collapse was medically related.
    Five is a recurring number for Culp: married 5 times, 5 kids, 5 grandkids!
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    ^^He died on the 5th day of Spring, does that count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witchywoman View Post
    The local news said he fell while jogging. His bday is Aug 16th, so was Fess Parkers YIKES so is mine.
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    Another actor I love gone. I watched him on Greatest American Hero and Everybody Loves Raymond. He was only a few months younger than my father.

    I watched the clip of the month on his site. Funny stuff. Does anyone know if that's from I Spy?

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    RIP, Robert. Yet another icon of my youth gone. Godspeed!

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    R.I.P.
    I just watched him in an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, The Christmas picture. The episode where he dated a much older woman was on this week too.

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    Ty Brookie. I'd like cash in lieu of flowers please.

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    he's jogging at age 79? dag...........

    another TV personality passed...... bummer

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    His Agent Maxwell was the best part of Greatest American Hero. RIP Robert Culp.

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