Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Passing of Robert Culp

Robert Culp died Wednesday near his Hollywood Hills home, he was 79. Culp was an actor in television shows including “Trackdown” (1957 to 1959), “I Spy” (1965 to 1968) and my favorite “The Greatest American Hero” (1981 – 1983). I Spy was ground breaking for its time because it broke down racial barriers. It was a show about Spies that involved an “EQUAL” relationship between a black and white man. BTW - the other star of the series was a comedian by the name of Bill Cosby. Back in the mid to late 60’s it was a turbulent time in our nation regarding race. Culp could have easily said no to a shared billing with a black man. Instead of being a hater, Culp grew to have a great professional and personal relationship with Cosby. I personally enjoyed watching him act because he was a versatile actor. Whether it was comedy, drama or action he always did his thing. He will truly be missed.


msladydeborah said...

Robert Culp was pretty cool in his own way. He always came across as just an average guy who had a job to do.

I just watched I Spy recently. It was fun to look at this show now. Cos had processed hair, Culp was young too. Nancy Wilson was a guest for this particular episode. She looked reed thin and very young. I had forgotten that she was that tiny at one time.

Citizen Ojo said...

msladydeborah - I like your definition of him. I think that describes him perfectly. If you watch old episodes of Eye Spy, you have to marvel at the relationship they had during that time period. Some of the episodes were alittle long winded but the writing was good. They weren't just running around beating people up. They were thinkers too.