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March 28, 2010 | 4:37 p.m.

Bill Cosby on Robert Culp: ‘We almost had our own language’

Los Angeles Times staff writer Greg Braxton spoke to Bill Cosby about his old friend Robert Culp and their shared life adventure with “I, Spy.”  Robert Culp and Bill Cosby knew they were taking a risk in the mid-1960s when the actors teamed up as globe-trotting spies in “I Spy.” The NBC series was the first drama in American television to feature an African American actor in a lead role. But making history ultimately was secondary to their impact on each other, according to Cosby, who spoke warmly about his former costar who died unexpectedly last week after taking a fall near his Hollywood Hills home. The men developed a personal bond that extended far beyond their on-screen partnership, and their two-member secret society puzzled, even exasperated, their wives. “Even to this day, [Cosby’s wife] Camille would just walk away […]
March 24, 2010 | 9:37 p.m.

Robert Culp of ‘I Spy’ and ‘Greatest American Hero’ dies after fall at his home

Actor Robert Culp, whose signature roles were on two especially heroic television shows, “I Spy” and “The Greatest American Hero,” has died. Here’s the info at our sister blog, L.A. Now: Actor Robert Culp, best known for his role as an international tennis star and globe-trotting secret agent in the hit 1960s television series “I Spy,” died Wednesday morning after a fall at his Hollywood home, authorities said. The 79-year-old actor was rushed to Queen of Angels hospital shortly after 11 a.m. after hitting his head while taking a walk outside his home in the 1800 block of El Cerrito Place, said LAPD Lt. Bob Binder. He was found by a jogger who called 911, and paramedics, patrol officers and detectives responded to the scene. He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later. A preliminary investigation found “that his death is accidental and there appears to be no sign […]
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