Robert Culp

American actor (1930–2010)

Robert Martin Culp (August 16, 1930 – March 24, 2010) was an American actor, scriptwriter, voice actor and director.

Robert Culp
Robert Culp in September 1965.
Robert Martin Culp

(1930-08-16)August 16, 1930
DiedMarch 24, 2010(2010-03-24) (aged 79)
Cause of deathHeart Attack
EducationBerkeley High School
Alma materUniversity of Washington School of Drama
Occupation(s)Actor, scriptwriter, director
Years active1953–2010
Spouse(s)Elayne Carroll (1951–1956)
Nancy Ashe (1957–1966)
France Nguyen (1967–1970)
Sheila Sullivan (1971–1976)
Candace Faulkner

Early life


Culp was born in Oakland, California, and graduated from Berkeley High School,[1] where he was a pole vaulter, taking second place at the 1947 CIF California State Meet.[2] He attended the University of the Pacific, Washington University in St. Louis, San Francisco State University, and the University of Washington School of Drama, but never completed an academic degree.



Culp is widely known for his work in television.[3] Culp first earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy (1965–1968), the espionage series in which he and co-star Bill Cosby played a pair of secret agents. The 1980's brought him back to TV again, starring as FBI Agent Bill Maxwell on The Greatest American Hero. He also had a recurring role as Warren Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond.[4] In all, Culp gave hundreds of performances in a career spanning more than 50 years.

Personal life


Culp married five times and was the father of three sons, Joshua (1958), Jason (1961) and Joseph (1963), and two daughters, Rachel (1964) and Samantha (1982).[4] From 1967 to 1970, he was married to Eurasian actress France Nuyen, whom he had met when she guest-starred on I Spy. She appeared in four episodes, two of them written by Culp himself.

Culp wrote scripts for a total of seven episodes, one of which he also directed. He also wrote scripts for other television series, including Trackdown, The Rifleman and The Greatest American Hero.

Culp died on March 24, 2010, suffering a heart attack while taking a walk in Los Angeles, California. Culp's remains were buried in the Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito, California, located not far from his hometown of Oakland.


  1. McLellan, Dennis (March 25, 2010). "Robert Culp dies at 79; actor starred in 'I Spy' TV series". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 13, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2010.
  2. "". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  3. Obituary The Times, April 5, 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Grimes, William (March 24, 2010). "Robert Culp, Star in 'I Spy,' Dies at 79". The New York Times. Retrieved March 25, 2010.

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