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Robert Martin Culp net worth:
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Robert Martin Culp was born on 16 August 1930, in Oakland, California USA, to Bethel and Crozier Cordell Culp. He was an actor, screenwriter and director, best known for his role as secret agent Kelly Robinson in the television series “I Spy”. He passed away in 2010.

A noted actor, how wealthy was Robert Culp? Sources state that Culp had earned a net worth of over $5 million, accumulated during his acting career which began in the early ‘50s.

Robert Culp Net Worth $5 Million

Culp attended Berkeley High School, where he excelled in track and field. He then enrolled in the College of the Pacific in California, later transferring to several other colleges, however, without ever earning an academic degree.

Culp became involved in acting during his childhood years, appearing in local theater productions. During his high school days, he worked in the Bay Area for magazines and newspapers as a cartoonist. After briefly living in Seattle, he moved to New York in 1951, where he studied acting under the acclaimed teacher Herbert Berghof, making his Broadway debut in 1953 with the play “The Prescott Proposals”. He went on to appear in several other plays during the ’50, including “Diary of a Scoundrel” and “A Clearing in the Woods”. His net worth was established.

After appearing in a few live-TV dramas, Culp secured a major television role in 1957, playing Ranger Hoby Gilman in the Western television series “Trackdown”, the role that brought him international attention, and significantly adding to his net worth. By the end of the decade, he had made guest appearances in other series, such as “The Riffleman”, “Bonanza”, “The Detectives” and “The Naked City”.

In the early ’60s, he made numerous television appearances, including in the series “Johnny Gringo”, “Rawhide” and “The Americans”, to name a few, and had some minor film roles. His big moment came in 1965, when he was cast as undercover secret agent Kelly Robinson, in the popular NBC series “I Spy”, co-starring Bill Cosby; the show was the first to feature an African-American in a lead role. Spending three years on “I Spy” brought Culp enormous popularity, earning him three Emmy nominations and providing him with a sizable income. He also wrote and directed several episodes of the show, gaining an Emmy nomination for writing.

After the series ended, Culp was cast in a major film role, playing Natalie Wood’s husband Bob in the 1969 film “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”. This was followed by other film parts in the ’70s, including in the western “Hannie Caulder”, and a reunion with Cosby in the film “Hickey & Boggs”, which he also directed. He also appeared in numerous mini-movies and television films during the decade – all contributed to his wealth.

The ’80s saw Culp playing FBI agent Bill Maxwell in the comedy/drama series “The Greatest American Hero” for three years; he also wrote and directed one episode of the show. He guested in many other series of the time, including “The Cosby Show”, playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable’s old friend Scott Kelly, and appeared in several films, such as “Turk 182!”, “The Gladiator”, “Big Bad Mama II” and “Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog”.

The next decade brought Culp one of his best film roles in “The Pelican Brief”, a political thriller playing the US president. Other films of the time included “Mercenary”, “Most Wanted” and “Unconditional Love”. He reunited with Cosby again, this time in the television film “I Spy Returns” and had a recurring role in the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”, as Ray Barone’s father-in-law Warren Whelan.

Culp’s last appearances on television were in the early 2000s series “Chicago Hope”, “The Dead Zone”, and “Robot Chicken”. His last film, the family drama “The Assignment”, was released after his death.

During his 50-year career, Culp has appeared in dozens of series, TV and feature films, and also did much voice-over work, which enabled him to reach Hollywood stardom, and to amass considerable wealth.

In his private life, Culp married five times; during the ’50 he was married to Elayne Carroll(1951-56), then in 1957 he married Nancy Asch, with whom he had four children. After their divorce in 1966, the following year he married France Nuyan, divorcing her in 1970. From 1971 to 1981 he was married to Sheila Sullivan. His last marriage was with Candace Faulkner, who he married in 1981 and with whom he remained until his death from a heart attack in 2010. The couple had one child.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Assignment 2010 Blakesley
The Orange Box 2007 Video Game Dr. Wallace Breen (voice)
Robot Chicken 2007 TV Series Bill Maxwell Sheriff of Nottingham
Half-Life 2: Episode One 2006 Video Game Dr. Wallace Breen (voice)
Santa's Slay 2005 Grandpa
Early Bird 2005 TV Movie
Everybody Loves Raymond 1996-2004 TV Series Warren
Half-Life 2 2004 Video Game Dr. Wallace Breen (voice)
The Almost Guys 2004 The Colonel
The Dead Zone 2003 TV Series Jeffrey Grissom
Blind Eye 2003 Video Isaac
Hunger 2001/I The Chief
Eminem: E 2000 Video Narrator (segment "Guilty Conscience")
Running Mates 2000 TV Movie Sen. Parker Gable
Farewell, My Love 2000 Michael Reilly
Wanted 2000 Fr. Patrick
Newsbreak 2000 Judge McNamara
Chicago Hope 2000 TV Series Benjamin Quinn
Innocents 2000 Judge Winston
Cosby 1999 TV Series Scott Kelly
Unconditional Love 1999 Karl Thomassen
Holding the Baby 1998 TV Series
Conan 1998 TV Series King Vog
Diagnosis Murder 1997 TV Series Dane Travis
Viper 1997 TV Series Mark Bishop
Most Wanted 1997 Donald Bickhart
Spy Game 1997 TV Series Crazed Terrorist
Spy Hard 1996 Businessman
Gargoyles 1995-1996 TV Series Halcyon Renard
Mercenary 1996 Video McClean
Xtro 3: Watch the Skies 1995 Major Guardino
Favorite Deadly Sins 1995 TV Movie Actor playing Noble Hart
Burke's Law 1995 TV Series Hiram Waters
Panther 1995/I Charles Garry
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1995 TV Series Mr. Darryl
Walker, Texas Ranger 1995 TV Series Lyle Pike
Wings 1994 TV Series Ace Galvin
The Nanny 1994 TV Series Stewart Babcock
I Spy Returns 1994 TV Movie Kelly Robinson
Lonesome Dove: The Series 1994 TV Series Cornelius Farnsworth
The Poetry Hall of Fame 1993 TV Movie
The Pelican Brief 1993 President
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1993 TV Series Elias Jackson
Voyeur 1993 Video Game Reed Hawke
Timebomb 1991 Mr. Phillips
Jake and the Fatman 1987-1991 TV Series Harrison Gregg
Murderous Vision 1991 TV Movie Dr. Bordinay
Columbo 1971-1990 TV Series Jordan Rowe / Dr. Bart Kepple / Paul Hanlon / ...
The Ray Bradbury Theater 1990 TV Series John Hathaway
Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter 1990 TV Movie Richard Stuart
Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair 1990 TV Movie Gen. Davies
The Golden Girls 1990 TV Series Simon
The Famous Teddy Z 1990 TV Series
Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog 1989 Gregor
Who's the Boss? 1989 TV Series Jason
Doctor Doctor 1989 TV Series Hoey Babcock
Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! 1989 Video Lt. Connely
What Price Victory 1988 TV Movie Billy Bob Claiborne
Matlock 1987 TV Series Robert Irwin
Big Bad Mama II 1987 Daryl Pearson
The Cosby Show 1987 TV Series Scott Kelly
Hotel 1986-1987 TV Series Daniel Kingsford / Paul Fitzgerald
Highway to Heaven 1987 TV Series Ronald James
Combat High 1986 TV Movie General Edward 'Ed' Woods
The Blue Lightning 1986 TV Movie Lester McInally
The Gladiator 1986 TV Movie Lieutenant Frank Mason
Murder, She Wrote 1986 TV Series Norman Amberson
The Greatest American Hero 1981-1986 TV Series Bill Maxwell
The Key to Rebecca 1985 TV Movie Gen. Erwin Rommel
Brothers-in-Law 1985 TV Movie Winston Goodhue
Turk 182! 1985 Mayor Tyler
Calendar Girl Murders 1984 TV Movie Richard Trainor
Her Life as a Man 1984 TV Movie Dave Fleming
Hardcastle and McCormick 1984 TV Series Arthur Farnell
Movie Madness 1982 Paul Everest ("Success Wanters")
Thou Shalt Not Kill 1982 TV Movie Steve Nevins
Killjoy 1981 TV Movie Lou Corbin
The Night the City Screamed 1980 TV Movie Frank McGuire
The Love Boat 1980 TV Series Major Ross Latham
The Dream Merchants 1980 TV Series Henry Farnum
A Man Called Sloane 1979 TV Series Edward Denton
Goldengirl 1979 Steve Esselton
Hot Rod 1979 TV Movie T.L. Munn
Police Story 1975-1979 TV Series Detective John Darrin / Sergeant Price
Mrs. Columbo 1979 TV Series Charles Huston
Roots: The Next Generations 1979 TV Mini-Series Lyle Pettijohn
Women in White 1979 TV Movie Anthony Broadhurst
Greatest Heroes of the Bible 1978 TV Series Joshua
Last of the Good Guys 1978 TV Movie Sgt. Nichols
Spectre 1977 TV Movie William Sebastian
Flood! 1976 TV Movie Steve Brannigan
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday 1976 Jack Colby
Breaking Point 1976 Frank Sirrianni
Sky Riders 1976 Jonas Bracken
Inside Out 1975 Sly Wells
A Cry for Help 1975 TV Movie Harry Freeman
Give Me Liberty 1974 TV Movie
Strange Homecoming 1974 TV Movie Jack Halsey
The Castaway Cowboy 1974 Calvin Bryson
Houston, We've Got a Problem 1974 TV Movie Steve Bell
Outrage 1973 TV Movie Jim Kiler
Shaft 1973 TV Series Marshall Cunningham
A Name for Evil 1973 John Blake
The Lie 1973 TV Movie
A Cold Night's Death 1973 TV Movie Robert Jones
Hickey & Boggs 1972 Frank Boggs
See the Man Run 1971 TV Movie Ben Taylor
Hannie Caulder 1971 Thomas Luther Price
The Name of the Game 1970 TV Series Paul Tyler
ITV Saturday Night Theatre 1970 TV Series The Colonel Peter Jardine
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 1969 Bob Sanders
I Spy 1965-1968 TV Series Kelly Robinson / Chuang Tzu
Get Smart 1968 TV Series Waiter
Historias para no dormir 1966 TV Series Trent
Mr. Novak 1965 TV Series Frank Menlow
Dr. Kildare 1963-1965 TV Series Dr. Jesse Hartwood / Matt Hendricks
The Hanged Man 1964 TV Movie Harry Pace
Gunsmoke 1964 TV Series Joe Costa
The Outer Limits 1963-1964 TV Series Trent / Paul Cameron / Allen Leighton
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1964 TV Series Captain Shark Arthur Farnley Selwin
Ben Casey 1964 TV Series Eric Morgan / Neil Herrick
The Virginian 1964 TV Series Charles 'Charlie' Orwell
Rhino! 1964 Dr. Jim Hanlon
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1964 TV Series Peter Furgatch
The Movie Maker 1964 TV Movie
The Great Adventure 1964 TV Series Sam Houston
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1963 TV Series Harry Lawrence
The Raiders 1963 James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok
Sunday in New York 1963 Russ Wilson
PT 109 1963 Ensign George 'Barney' Ross
Combat! 1963 TV Series Sgt. John Metcalf
Insight 1963 TV Series
Naked City 1963 TV Series Richard Calder
Empire 1963 TV Series Jared Mace
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1962 TV Series Chester 'Chet' Loomis
Cain's Hundred 1962 TV Series Hank Shannon / Kurt Yoder
Wagon Train 1962 TV Series Baylor Crofoot
The Rifleman 1960-1962 TV Series Dave Foley / Colly Vane
Target: The Corruptors 1961 TV Series Meeker
Bonanza 1961 TV Series Ed Payson
Death Valley Days 1961 TV Series Thomas Burdue / James Stuart
87th Precinct 1961 TV Series Curt Donaldson
The Americans 1961 TV Series Finletter
The Barbara Stanwyck Show 1961 TV Series Archie Bishop
The Detectives 1961 TV Series Herbert Sanders
Rawhide 1961 TV Series Craig Kern
Hennesey 1961 TV Series Dr. Steven Gray
Zane Grey Theater 1957-1960 TV Series Shad Hudson / Deputy Sam Applegate / Hoby Gilman
Shirley Temple's Storybook 1960 TV Series Holgrave
The Westerner 1960 TV Series Shep Prescott
Outlaws 1960 TV Series Sam Yadkin
The Chevy Mystery Show 1960 TV Series Abel
Johnny Ringo 1960 TV Series Clay Horne
Tate 1960 TV Series Tom Sandee
General Electric Theater 1960 TV Series Captain Masters
The DuPont Show with June Allyson 1960 TV Series Stuart Douglas
Trackdown 1957-1959 TV Series Hoby Gilman
Now Is Tomorrow 1958 TV Movie Captain David Blair
The United States Steel Hour 1956-1958 TV Series Corporal Neville / Hal
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1957 TV Series Clarence
Robert Montgomery Presents 1957 TV Series Sam Bullock
Kraft Theatre 1957 TV Series
Playwrights '56 1956 TV Series Clint
Star Tonight 1956 TV Series Professor Teeling
NBC Television Opera Theatre 1955 TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood 1953 TV Series Male Telescreen Voice
You Are There 1953 TV Series Xenophon

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Greatest American Hero 1982-1983 TV Series written by - 2 episodes
Saturn Awards 1981 TV Special
Operation Breadbasket 1969 TV Movie documentary
I Spy 1965-1968 TV Series written by - 7 episodes
The Rifleman 1962 TV Series written by - 2 episodes
Cain's Hundred 1962 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Trackdown 1959 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Greatest American Hero 1982-1983 TV Series 2 episodes
Hickey & Boggs 1972
Operation Breadbasket 1969 TV Movie documentary
I Spy 1966 TV Series 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Operation Breadbasket 1969 TV Movie documentary producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bonanza 1961 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Kelly Robinson - I Spy
Pioneers of Television 2011-2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Sheldon Leonard's Wonderful Life 2011 Video documentary
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots 2010 TV Movie documentary voice
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2009 Documentary Himself: Actor
The Girls Next Door 2008 TV Series Himself - Actor
Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee
Hollywood Squares 2004 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Biography 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second 2003 Video documentary Himself
The Chris Isaak Show 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
Comedy Central Canned Ham 2002 TV Series Host
NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2002 TV Special Himself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood 2001 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Canned Ham: The Dr. Evil Story 1999 TV Short documentary Himself, host
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 1999 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 1999 TV Special documentary Himself - Host
The 13th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Law & Order 1997 TV Series Himself
Could It Be a Miracle? 1996 TV Series documentary
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen 1996 TV Series documentary Quote Reader
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994 TV Series Himself - Guest
Golden Globes 50th Anniversary Celebration 1994 TV Movie Himself
Warren Oates: Across the Border 1993 Documentary Himself
That's Action 1990 Video documentary Narrator
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
Breakaway 1984 TV Series Himself
Circus of the Stars #7 1982 TV Special documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live 1982 TV Series Himself - Host / Various
Saturn Awards 1981 TV Special Himself
The John Davidson Show 1981 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Alan Thicke Show 1981 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1967-1981 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Milton Berle 1980 TV Movie Himself
Playboy's Roller Disco & Pajama Party 1979 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
The Making of 'Golden Girl' 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
Celebrity Bowling 1973-1976 TV Series Himself
Tattletales 1974-1975 TV Series Himself
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1975 TV Series documentary Himself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself - Guest
Match Game 73 1973 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Mike Douglas Show 1972 TV Series Himself - Actor
Changing Scene IV 1971 TV Special Himself - Host
The Hollywood Palace 1969 TV Series Himself - Dramatic Reader
Della 1969 TV Series Himself
Operation Breadbasket 1969 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
The Hollywood Squares 1967-1969 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The 41st Annual Academy Awards 1969 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
Laugh-In 1968 TV Series Himself - Guest Performer
The Jerry Lewis Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1968 TV Series Himself - Guest Host
Personality 1967-1968 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1968 TV Series Himself - Guest
Dream Girl of '67 1967 TV Series Himself - Bachelor Judge
The Match Game 1967 TV Series Himself - Team Captain
I'll Bet 1965 TV Series Himself
Stump the Stars 1963 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Jack Benny Program 1957 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Locos por la tele 1991 TV Series Bill Maxwell
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1977 TV Series Calvin Bronson
A Secret Agent's Dilemma, or A Clear Case of Mind Over Mata Hari 1965 TV Movie Kelly Robinson
America's Book of Secrets 2012 TV Series Himself
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
Entertainment Tonight 2010 TV Series Himself
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Bill Maxwell
MythBusters 2003 TV Series documentary

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series I Spy (1965)
1967 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Star - Male I Spy (1965)
1967 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series I Spy (1965)
1967 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama I Spy (1965)
1966 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series I Spy (1965)


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#Fact
1 Along with Patrick McGoohan, Jack Cassidy, George Hamilton and William Shatner, he is one of only five actors to play two or more murderers in Columbo (1971): Investigator Brimmer in Columbo: Death Lends a Hand (1971), Paul Hanlon in Columbo: The Most Crucial Game (1972) and Dr. Bart Keppel in Columbo: Double Exposure (1973).
2 'Bill Maxwell' was not there to "protect" 'Ralph' (the Super Suit did that), but rather they were supposed to work together -- and part of the charm of the show was that they didn't always work that well together, but they did become -along with 'Pam'- a close-knit team. And friends.
3 The character 'Bill Maxwell' was not "CIA chief" as mentioned in this biography, but rather he was an FBI Special Agent.
4 Unrelated to actor Stephen Culp.
5 Grandfather to L.A.-based rapper Bones.
6 He made guest appearances on both of the longest running prime time dramas in US television history: Gunsmoke (1955) and Law & Order (1990).
7 He was a staunch liberal Democrat.
8 Ties with Patrick McGoohan as a major guest star on the TV series Columbo (1971), with four appearances.
9 At 21, as a senior at the University of Washington, Seattle, he won the Philip Morris Playhouse on Broadway Intercollegiate Acting competition on February 24, 1952. He won $2,000 after being judged by Helen Hayes, Christian Westphalen and Clarence Derwent, ANTA and Equity officers.
10 He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
11 Both he and his I Spy (1965) co-star, Bill Cosby, were involved in civil rights causes and, when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, the pair traveled to Memphis, Tenn., to join the striking garbage workers King had been organizing.
12 Ex-stepfather of Fleur Morell.
13 Wrote a pilot script in 1962-1963 for director Sam Peckinpah called "Summer Soldiers" that was never produced.
14 Wrote a pilot script in 1964 for an espionage series to star himself, but opted for I Spy (1965) instead. He went on to write several episodes for I Spy (1965), including the first episode.
15 Father of Samantha Culp, from his marriage to Candace Faulkner.
16 He was a poker playing buddy of Hugh M. Hefner; as a result, he was a frequent guest at the Playboy Mansion.
17 It was widely reported that Culp would have replaced Larry Hagman as J.R. in Dallas (1978) had Hagman decided not to return to the series because of contract negotiations. However, Culp has stated that he was never asked to play the part of J.R. and was not contacted by anyone from Dallas (1978). At the time this took place, he was costarring as F.B.I. agent "Bill Maxwell" on ABC's The Greatest American Hero (1981). He loved the show and his role and has said that he would not have left the show even if the part had been offered to him.
18 Father of Joseph Culp, Joshua Culp, Jason Culp and Rachel Culp, from his marriage to Nancy Asch.
19 Born at 11:16pm-PDT

#Quote
1 [re writer/director Richard Brooks] Fairness, giving as much as you get, sticking to your word. Core honesty and decent behavior--Richard believed in that.


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