March 24th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

Actor Robert Culp dies after fall

[Update, 6:19 p.m.] Read the full story by's Todd Leopold.

[Update, 6:06 p.m.] Culp, 79, appeared in dozens of television shows over the past 50 years, including 82 episodes of the "I Spy" series. He also had a long list of credits as a TV director and screenwriter.

His last reoccurring role was on "Everybody Loves Raymond," in which he appeared between 1996 and 2004, according to the Internet Movie Database.

A native of Berkeley, California, he moved in 1951 to New York, where he got his first professional acting jobs, according to the biography on his official Web site.

His five marriages produced five children and five grandchildren, his Web site says.

[Posted, 5:50 p.m.] Actor Robert Culp died after falling and hitting his head in a Los Angeles park Wednesday, his publicist said.

- CNN's Jack Hannah contributed to this report.

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  1. tom jones

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    March 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Oliver

    He was great in the out limits episodes.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rob

    Rest in Peace Robert. You had a good run....

    March 24, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Former LA'er

    Does not matter how many people it took to write this, the man was a good actor and it is ashamed that he has passed away due to an accident. My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ricardo Garcia

    I wil surely miss him, and my favorite charcter he played was FBI Bill Maxwell on the greatest american hero. Good-Bye Robert rest in peace.....

    March 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Evelyn

    Oh man!! We'll miss him a lot.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gary

    I grew up watching Robert Culp. I Spy was one of my favorite tv series in the sixties. He brought style and class to all of his endeavors. My condolences to his friends and family....

    March 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    Everybody's favorite "guest" actor, esp in comedies. Bummer he died.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rebecca Berlier

    So very sorry to hear about Robert Culp. We are losing so many wonderful people lately.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Craig

    They always say that Steve Mcqueen was the oppitamy of cool, but he had major competition in Bob Culp.
    I'm going to miss him.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David

    I'm old enough to remember him as Hoby in "Trackdown" another great show from the 60's.
    In 2009 he looked like he was really sick. Had lost a lot of wieght. Another great one gone.

    March 24, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kathy in Florida

    I grew up with I Spy. Always enjoyed seeing Robert Culp in anything. So sorry to hear the news. My thoughts are with the family.

    March 24, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. larry callender

    Always enjoyed seeing Robert on T.V. Going to miss him.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Texan

    I have enjoyed Robert Culp since I was a boy and never missed any "I Spy" shows. I have enjoyed seeing him in movies as well, I enjoyed his brief appearance in the movie "Spy Hard." I am not sure but didn't star opposite James Coburn or was it Lee Marvin in "Waterhole #3" a comdy western.

    March 25, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. graham

    Robert Culp starred in two great television show I Spy and America's Greatest Hero. Robert was a great actor in both those shows and he with sadly missed by all. Rest in peace

    March 25, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
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