As an actor, Robert Culp had many acclaimed roles, including that of “Bob” in the 1969 movie “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.” But he is best remembered for a ground-breaking TV role in which he was cast as the equal partner of an up-and-coming black actor/comic, Bill Cosby. “I Spy” was a big hit for NBC and helped to break down racial barriers on TV in the 1960s.
Culp also joined Cosby in promoting civil rights causes. Both went to Memphis to support the garbage workers strike following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968.
Most recently, 2000 through 2004, Culp had a recurring role as the father-in-law of the lead character in CBS’ “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
A jogger found Culp on the ground outside his Los Angeles home on Wednesday. The LA Times reported that he fell and hit his head. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Robert Culp was 79.