According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, veteran television actor Robert Culp has died at the age of 79. He was well known for his work throughout the 1960s and ’80s but now he’s no longer with us. Unfortunately, Culp’s death was sudden and not due to natural causes.
According to the Times, the actor had a serious fall outside his Hollywood home on Wednesday morning which resulted in his death. After the incident, the actor was rushed to Queen of Angels hospital shortly after 11 am when he sustained injuries from hitting his head while taking a walk. After collapsing, he was found by a local jogger who notified police, but he was pronounced dead shortly after his hospital arrival.
Culp shot to fame during his run on the 1960′s series “I,Spy” where he played Kelly Robinson, an international spy opposite Bill Cosby. His participation on the show was a big deal because it broke the color barrier in television drama, as the first series to feature an African-American in a non-comedic lead role.
“I, Spy” ran for three seasons from 1965-1968, but he would return to television over a decade later in another cult series, “The Greatest American Hero” opposite William Katt. It’s so unfortunate that we had to lose a man of his talent under such circumstances. We’re sure that Culp had a lot of life left in him.
R.I.P Robert Culp.
What was your favorite Robert Culp TV series? Were you a fan of any of his film work?