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'I Spy' actor Robert Culp dies at 79 after a fall

March 24, 2010 |  3:31 pm

Culp Actor Robert Culp, who starred with Bill Cosby in the globe-trotting 1960s TV series "I Spy," died Wednesday at age 79 after hitting his head in a fall while taking a walk outside his Hollywood home. He was found around 11 a.m. by a jogger, who called 911.

I spy A preliminary investigation determined the death to be an accident, L.A. Now reports; an autopsy is pending.

Culp's career began in the early 1950s and most recently included a role in "The Assignment," which is now in post-production. In addition to his TV work, which included 11 episodes of "Everybody Loves Raymond," he appeared on the big screen in films such as "The Pelican Brief."

"I Spy" was the first non-comedy series to star a black actor.

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo at left: Robert Culp in November 2008. Photo credit: Eric Charbonneau / Miramax.

Photo at right: Culp with Bill Cosby in 1966 in "I Spy." Photo credit: File photo.

 

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