Robert Culp

Robert Culp

  • Highest Rated: 100% Sunday in New York (1963)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982)
  • Birthday: Aug 16, 1930
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Tall, straight-laced American actor Robert Culp parlayed his appearance and demeanor into a series of clean-cut character roles, often (though not always) with a humorous, mildly sarcastic edge. He was perhaps best known for three accomplishments: his turn as a Southern California documentary filmmaker who decides, along with his wife (Natalie Wood) to suddenly go counterculture with an "open marriage" in Paul Mazursky's Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969); his iconic three-season role as an undercover agent in the espionage-themed series I Spy (1965-8); and his three-season run as Bill Maxwell on Stephen Cannell's superhero spoof series The Greatest American Hero (1981-3). Born in Oakland, California in 1930, Culp attended several West Coast colleges while training for a dramatic career. At 21, he made his Broadway debut in He Who Gets Slapped. Within six years, he was starring in his own Friday night CBS Western, Trackdown (1957-9) as Hoby Gilman, an 1870s era Texas Ranger. During the two-year run of this program, Culp began writing scripts, a habit he'd carry over to other series, notably The Rifleman and Gunsmoke. These all represented fine and noble accomplishments for a young actor, but as indicated, I Spy delivered a far greater impact to the young actor's career: it made Culp (along with his co-star, Bill Cosby) a bona fide celebrity. The men co-starred in the NBC adventure yarn as, respectively, Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott, undercover agents involved in globetrotting missions for the U.S. government. Both actors brought to the program a sharp yet subtle sense of humor that (coupled with its exotic locations) made it one of the major discoveries of the 1965-6 prime-time line-up. During the second of I Spy's three seasons, Culp made his directorial debut by helming episodes of Spy; he went on to direct installments of several other TV programs. The success of Bob & Carol at the tail end of the 1960s proved that Culp could hold his own as a movie star, and he later directed and co-starred in 1972 theatrical feature Hickey and Boggs, which reunited him with Cosby, albeit to much lesser acclaim. Unfortunately, as the years rolled on, Culp proved susceptible to the lure of parts in B-pictures, such as Sky Riders (1976), Flood! (1976) and Hot Rod (1979), though he delivered a fine portrayal in television's critically-acclaimed Roots: The Next Generations (1979). Culp rebounded further with the semicomic role of CIA chief Maxwell on American Hero, but many now-infamous behind-the-scenes issues (and external issues, such as the shooting of Ronald Reagan) beleaguered that program and ended its run after only three seasons. In the years that followed, Culp vacillated between exploitation roles, in tripe such as Big Bad Mama 2 and Silent Night, Deadly Night 3, and more respectable, mainstream guest turns in television series including The Cosby Show and Murder, She Wrote. He enjoyed one of his most prestigious assignments with a supporting role in the big screen John Grisham-Alan Pakula thriller The Parallax View (1993), opposite Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts. In the years that followed, Culp's on-camera presence grew less and less frequent, though he did make a cameo in the 1996 Leslie Nielsen laugher Spy Hard. Television continued to provide some of Culp's finest work: he rejoined old friend Cosby for a 1994 I Spy TV-movie reunion and made guest appearances in such series as Lonesome Dove, Law & Order and The Dead Zone. Following a period of semi-retirement, Culp died suddenly and rather arbitrarily, when he sustained a head injury during a fall outside of his Hollywood home in March 2010. He was 79 years old.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

86% Doomed: The Untold Story Of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Hanged Man Actor 2014
61% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel Actor $22.4K 2010
No Score Yet The Almost Guys The Colonel 2006
No Score Yet Santa's Slay Grandfather 2004
No Score Yet Innocents Judge 2002
14% Running Mates William Parker Gable 2000
No Score Yet Newsbreak Judge McNamara 2000
60% Hickey & Boggs Director Frank Boggs 2000
No Score Yet Hollywood Screen Tests Actor 2000
No Score Yet Wanted Fr. Patrick 1999
15% Most Wanted Donald Bickhart 1997
No Score Yet Mercenary McClean 1997
8% Spy Hard Businessman 1996
No Score Yet Xtro 3: Watch the Skies Guardino 1995
27% Panther Charles Garry 1995
No Score Yet XTRO 3 - Watch the Skies Actor 1995
No Score Yet I Spy Returns Kelly Robinson 1994
No Score Yet Then They Came for Me Actor 1994
53% The Pelican Brief The President 1993
No Score Yet Timebomb Mr. Phillips 1991
No Score Yet The Arrival Actor 1991
No Score Yet Murderous Vision Dr. Bordinay 1991
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter Richard Stuart 1990
No Score Yet Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair Gen. Davies 1990
No Score Yet Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! Lt. Connely 1989
No Score Yet Pucker up and Bark Like a Dog Actor 1989
No Score Yet Big Bad Mama II Daryl Pearson 1987
No Score Yet Combat High General Woods 1986
No Score Yet The Gladiator Lieutenant Frank Mason 1986
No Score Yet The Blue Lightning Lester McInally 1986
20% Turk 182! Mayor Tyler 1985
No Score Yet The Key to Rebecca Actor 1985
No Score Yet Calendar Girl Murders Richard Trainor 1984
No Score Yet Her Life as a Man Actor 1983
0% National Lampoon's Movie Madness Paul Everest 1982
No Score Yet Who Murdered Joy Morgan? Actor 1981
No Score Yet Who Murdered Joy Morgan? Lou Corbin 1981
No Score Yet The Night the City Screamed Actor 1980
No Score Yet Joshua of Jericho Actor 1979
No Score Yet Hot Rod T.L. Munn 1979
No Score Yet Golden Girl Actor 1979
No Score Yet That's Action Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (Wildcat) Jack Colby 1976
No Score Yet Breaking Point Frank Sirrianni 1976
No Score Yet Flood! Steve Brannigan 1976
No Score Yet Sky Riders Bracken 1976
No Score Yet Inside Out (The Golden Heist) (Hitler's Gold) Sly Wells 1975
No Score Yet The Castaway Cowboy Calvin Bryson 1974
No Score Yet Give Me Liberty Actor 1974
No Score Yet The Chill Factor Robert Jones 1973
No Score Yet A Name for Evil (The Grove) (The Face of Evil) John Blake 1973
No Score Yet Columbo: The Most Crucial Game Actor 1972
No Score Yet Columbo: Death Lends a Hand Actor 1971
No Score Yet Hannie Caulder Thomas Luther Price 1971
93% Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Bob Sanders 1969
No Score Yet Demon with a Glass Hand Actor 1964
No Score Yet Rhino! Actor 1964
No Score Yet The Raiders James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok 1963
100% Sunday in New York Russ Wilson 1963
64% PT 109 Ens. George 'Barney' Ross 1963
No Score Yet Sammy, the Way-Out Seal Chet 1962
No Score Yet Robert Montgomery Presents Actor 1957

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Greatest American Hero
1981-1983
Bill Bill Maxwell Director
  • 2017
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
No Score Yet Everybody Loves Raymond
1996-2005
Warren
  • 2004
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Dead Zone
2002-2007
Geoffrey Grissom
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Chris Isaak Show
2001-2004
Himself
  • 2002
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Himself
  • 1997
No Score Yet Viper
1994-1999
  • 1997
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
1993-2001
  • 1995
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
Mr. Darryl Dr. Darryl
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet Wings
1990-1997
  • 1994
No Score Yet Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
1993-1998
Medicine Show Man Doc Eli
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Guest Simon
  • 1990
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Jordan Rowe Dr. Kepple Paul Hanlon
  • 1990
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
1984-1992
  • 1989
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Ronald James
  • 1987
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
Irwin Robert Irwin
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Scott Kelly
  • 1987
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Norman Amberson
  • 1986
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1982
  • 1976
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
  • 1968
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Costa
  • 1964
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
  • 1964
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Ed Payson
  • 1961
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Drover
  • 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Clarence
  • 1957

QUOTES FROM Robert Culp CHARACTERS

Mayor Tyler
all your base are belong to us.
Mayor Tyler
All your base are belong to us.