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

March 24, 2010 | 9:37 p.m.

Robert Culp

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.

Greatest American Hero

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 of foul play,” Binder said. An autopsy by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office is pending.


— Andrew Blankstein



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