Robert Culp reported dead
I have no problem with that…it was a great 1960s spy series. The bigger news at the time was the equality of the casting of Bill Cosby as equal spy, although their cover stories put Culp in the forefront (as a world-class tennis player) and Cosby as his trainer. Their easy banter and wry attitudes were a big part of the show’s success.
TV watchers 15 years later knew him as Bill Maxwell, the no-nonsense FBI handler of The Greatest American Hero.
For some of us, though, we think of him first from his appearances on the original The Outer Limits, especially the classic Demon with a Glass Hand episode (written by Harlan Ellison), and in The Architects of Fear. In both of these we see the anguish but determination of a character in overwhelming circumstances.
Culp continued to work throughout his life, including a recurring role as Warren on Everybody Loves Raymond.
He has a movie yet to be released, The Assignment.
According to reports, he appears to have fallen and died from a head injury on Wednesday. A passerby had reported the incident.
We’ll miss you, Robert…the world is a little less cool today.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.