Robert Culp was an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He was most famous from the late-’50s to the ’70s.
He passed away at age 79 in March 2010 leaving behind his legacy of 172 acting credits and a fifty-six-year career.
In this article, we look at the life and legacy of Robert Culp, including what he was worth at the time of his death.
What was Robert Culp Worth at the Time of His Death?
At the time of his death, Robert Culp was worth $5 million. His primary source of revenue was his salary as a screen and voice actor, screenwriter, and director.
His on-screen career began in the early ’50s, but he came to recognition in the late ’50s with his role as Ranger Hoby Gilman in the CBS western, Trackdown. He also starred in its spin-off, Wanted: Dead or Alive, alongside Steve McQueen.
He went on to have high-profile TV appearances in another CBS western, Johnny Ringo; the NBC Civil War drama, The Americans; and the NBC espionage thriller, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
He became a household name as CIA secret agent Kelly Robinson alongside Bill Cosby in the boundary-pushing NBC spy-thriller, I Spy.
For his performance, he was nominated for three consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations (1966-1968) and a Golden Globe Award nomination in 1967.
In the latter half of his career, he made appearances in shows like Everybody Loves Raymond, The Golden Girls, The Girls Next Door, The Nanny, and Wings.
On the big screens, Culp had roles in movies like The Raiders, Sunday in New York, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and Hannie Caulder.
At the time of his death, Culp had just finished shooting for his role as Blakesley for the 2010 family drama, The Assignment, which would be his final role.
Robert Culp: Early Life and Childhood
Robert Culp was born Robert Martin Culp on August 16, 1930, the only child of attorney Crozier Cordell Culp and his wife, Bethel Martin Collins.
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Culp graduated from Berkeley High School.
His youth consisted of enrolling and dropping out of colleges, including the University of the Pacific, San Francisco State, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Washington School of Drama.
He never got around to finishing his formal education; focusing on his career instead.
Robert Culp: Relationships, Marriage, and Children
Robert Culp was married to his fifth wife, Candace Faulkner when he passed away. They got married on December 31, 1981, and were together until that fateful day on March 24, 2010, when Culp died.
They had one child together: daughter Samantha Culp, born on February 26, 1982.
Culp was married four times previously. His first marriage happened on September 23, 1951, with Elayne Carroll. They divorced in 1956.
His second marriage with actress Nancy Asch lasted from May 29, 1957, to September 22, 1966. During that time, they had four children together: sons Joseph Culp (born on January 9, 1963), Joshua Culp (born on April 6, 1958), and Jason Culp (born on January 15, 1961); and daughter Rachel Culp (born in 1964).
He was married to the Vietnamese-French actress France Nuyen from December 9, 1967, to November 10, 1970; and actress Sheila Sullivan from December 25, 1971, to December 14, 1981.
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How Did Robert Culp Die?
On March 24, 2010, in what was supposed to be a regular morning routine for the 79-year-old, Culp went out for his run in the nearby Runyon Canyon park near his Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles home.
A passer-by found his body unconscious on the sidewalk and called the paramedics. He was rushed to the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 11:00 a.m.
Reports came back that he had collapsed and died of a sudden heart attack at 79.
Robert’s body was laid to rest at the Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito, California, and a memorial service was held at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, on April 10, 2010.