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Home Movies Classics / TV Robert Culp: 'I Spy' actor dead at 79
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Not many people are old enough to remember Robert Culp as the gregarious special agent in the TV series "I Spy," opposite fellow actor/agent Bill Cosby.

But is the role that he is perhaps best remembered by. Culp died Wednesday (3/24) of an apparent heart attack at 79 at a Los Angeles hospital where he had been rushed after hitting his head while taking a walk outside his home, according to officials.

In a lengthy career

 spaning several decades, Culp had roles in more than 100 films and TV series. His most memorable movie was the intriguing 1969 sex comedy "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice."

From Wikiedia:

"Although primarily known from television, Culp also worked as an actor in many theatrical films, beginning with three in 1963: As naval officer John F. Kennedy's good friend Ensign George Ross in PT 109, as legendary gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok in The Raiders and as the debonair fiance of Jane Fonda in the romantic comedy Sunday in New York.

"He went on to star in the provocative Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice in 1969, probably the height of his movie career. Another memorable role came as another gunslinger, Thomas Luther Price, in Hannie Caulder (1971) opposite Raquel Welch. A year later, Hickey & Boggs reunited him with Cosby for the first time since I Spy. Culp also directed this feature film, in which he and Cosby portray over-the-hill private eyes. In 1986, he had a primary role as General Woods in the comedy Combat Academy.

"Culp played the U.S. President in Alan J. Pakula's 1994 murder mystery 'The Pelican Brief' starring Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts. In all, Culp gave hundreds of performances in a career spanning more than 50 years.."

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