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Robert Culp ACTOR


Robert Culp was born August 16th, 1930 in Berkeley, California, USA Born to Crozie Culp and Bethel Collins.  Robert M. Culp was an only child.  He had a normal life like other kids, but had a thing for performance.  He began with marionette shows in his basement and as a teenager, became involved in local theater.  He also enjoyed art and worked part time throughout high school as a cartoonist for Bay area magazines and newspapers.  He was also a top athlete and earned scholarships to six different colleges, however he chose to attend the small College of the Pacific because of the active theater department and graduated from that college.  In 1949 he transferred to San Francisco state and after World War II he performed in a play in San Francisco.  He then relocated again, first to Seattle and in 1951, to New York City

It was in New York where Culp made his first television appearance and in 1955 he met, Herbert Berghof.  Together the two men enacted the first performance of, “Waiting for Godot” ever done in the United States.  The following year, Culp worked on, “He Who Gets Slapped” and won his first Obie Award.  His career really began to take off with a role on a Western TV series, “Trackdown” starring as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman (1957-1959) which was a spin-off of Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre.  Between 1958 and 1961 he also worked on, “Wanted Dead or Alive” starring Steve McQueen and actually worked as a screen writer on this show as well.

His feature debut took place in 1963 on “PT 109”, starring Cliff Robertson as John F. Kennedy, with featured performances by Ty Hardin, James Gregory, Robert Blake, Norman Fell and Grant Williams  and narrated by Andrew Duggan, followed by roles on, “Sunday in New York” (1963) starring Cliff Robertson, Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor and Jim Backus.  He did not limit himself to film, as television was still working well for his career.  From the early 1960’s he did a trio of appearances on the science fiction anthology, “The Outer Limits” (1963-1965) 
He returned to regular duty as a guest star on numerous shows throughout the late 1950's and early 1960's while penning scripts for shows like "Cain's Hundred" (NBC, 1961-1962) starring Peter Mark Richman and "The Rifleman" (ABC, 1958-1963) starring Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford and Paul Fix.  He also starred in "I Spy” alongside Bill Cosby and wrote seven scripts for the series, and directing one - another rarity for the period.  Culp continued to make appearances on various television series and made for TV movies and still managed to work in film such as on, “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” (1969) co-starring Natalie Wood, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon.

Later in his acting career he played a U.S. President in Alan J. Pakula's 1994 murder mystery "The Pelican Brief" starring Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Hume Cronyn, William Atherton, James Sikking and John Lithgow.
Culp was married five times, he married his first wife Elayne Wilner in 1951 though it didn't last long for them as they divorced in 1964. He married again to his second wife Nancy Ashe in 1965 but just like his first marriage it didn't last long. They were divorced in 1966 though did have four children together.  A year later Robert married a third time to France Nuyen in 1967 it only lasted four years when they divorced in 1970. In 1971 he married a fourth time to Sheila Sullivan the marriage lasted through the 70's but ended in 1981, that same year he married his fifth wife Candace Faulkner, they have one daughter together.

Robert Culp passed away in March 2010 in Los Angeles, California from a heart attack. 


2004  The Almost Guys
2001  Farewell, My Love
2000  NewsBreak
2000  Dark Summer
1991  Ed
1999  Additional Love
1997  Wanted
1996  Hard
1995  Xtro 3
1995  Panther
1994  The Pelican Brief
1993  Voyeur
1991  Timebomb
1990  Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog
1982  National Lampoon's Movie Madness
1979  Goldengirl
1978  Colombo
1977  Cry for Justice
1976  The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday
1976  Breaking Point
1976  Sky Riders
1975  Inside Out
1974  The Castaway Cowboy
1973  A Name for Evil
1972  Hickey & Boggs
1971  Hannie Caulder
1969  Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
1964  Rhino!
1963-1965  The Outer Limits
1961-1965  I Spy
1963  The Raiders
1963  Sunday in New York
1963  PT 109 
1958-1961  The Rifleman
1958  Wanted Dead or Alive
1957-1959  Trackdown
1956  Zane Grey Theatre

Matinee Classics - Trackdown starring Robert Culp as Hoby Gilman, Norman Leavitt, Ellen Corby, James Griffith and Gail Kobe
Matinee Classics - Robert Culp
Matinee Classics - Robert Culp
Matinee Classics - PT 109 starring Cliff Robertson, Ty Hardin, James Gregory, Robert Culp, Grant Williams, Lew Gallo, Errol John, Michael Pate, Robert Blake, William Douglas, Biff Elliot, Norman Fell, Sam Gilman, Clyde Howdy, Buzz Martin, James McCallion, Joseph Gallison, Lew Gallo, Sammy Reese, Glenn Sipes, John Ward and David Whorf
Matinee Classics - Agnes Moorehead received an Emmy in 1967, shown here with Robert Culp and Elizabeth Montgomery
Matinee Classics - Diagnosis Murder starring Dick Van Dyke, with Barbara Bain, Patrick Macnee, Robert Culp and Robert Vaughn
Matinee Classics - Everybody Loves Raymond starring Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton, with Robert Culp and Katherine Helmond
Matinee Classics - I Spy starring Bill Cosby and Robert Culp
Matinee Classics - Sunday in New York starring Cliff Robertson, Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor, Robert Culp, Jo Morrow, Jim Backus and Peter Nero
Matinee Classics - The Castaway Cowboy starring James Garner, Vera Miles, Robert Culp, Eric Shea, Elizabeth Smith, Manu Tupou, Gregory Sierra, Shug Fisher, Nephi Hannemann, Lito Capina, Ralph Hanalei, Lee Wood, Luis Delgado, Buddy Joe Hooker and Kim Kahana

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