Robert Culp

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Robert Culp

Born

8/16/1930, Berkeley, California, USA

Died

3/24/2010

Birth Name

Robert Martin Culp

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Robert M. Culp
9.0
out of 10
User Rating
29 votes

Biography

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Born to Crozier (Crozie) Culp and Bethel Collins in 1930 in Berkley California, Robert Martin Culp began his acting career at the age of 14 at a neighborhood theatre.
Culp was a pole vaulting champion in high school and it earned him a scholarship to the University of…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • His favorite movie was the 1948 feature film The Treasure of Sierra Madre. He was also influenced by 1939 film Gunga Din.

    • On Trackdown he carried a Smith & Western New Model No. 3 "Russian" .44 instead of the Colt 45 typically used by western stars.

    • In 1956 he won the first Obie award ever given for best actor for his role as He in an off Broadway performance of the classic play He Who Gets Slapped.

    • He was nominated for an Emmy three different times while on I Spy.

    • His friend Sam Peckinpah offered him the role of Billy Drummond in Ride the High Country.He turned it down and the part was given to James Drury.

    • He was married five times.

    • Robert is the father of five children: Joseph, Samantha, Joshua, Jason and Rachel Culp.

    • Robert is the voice of Dr. Wallace Breen in the popular Half-Life 2 Video Games.

    • Robert stands six feet, two inches tall.

    • Robert Culp is the father of Joseph Culp.

    • It was widely rumored that Robert would have played J.R in the TV show Dallas if Larry Hagman hadn't returned to the series.However in an interview in 2007 he stated that he was never contacted by producers or offered the part.He also said that he would not have accepted the part if it had been offered, as he would have been uncomfortable replacing another actor.

    • In 2004 Robert starred in the movie The Almost Guys.

  • Quotes

    • Robert: (about his character The Colonel in the 2004 movie The Almost Guys) The role of The Colonel was not exactly written for me or the role that I wanted to play, but he was written like an imbecile or kind of foolish.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Robert Culp is a talented actor but this review focuses on a perhaps heretofore undiscovered or at least unmentioned talent of his.

    8.2
    Yes, Robert Culp can act, and has done so. He tends a little... let's say AWAY from subtlety, but with the right director (and material) he truly shines. That's not, however, the concern of this review, which does not purport to be complete, nor to do Culp's acting ability (which is really quite nice, despite the above) justice. No, I mean, here, only to point out one feature, and yes it has to do with his acting, that may either have been overlooked or gone unmentioned out of some sense of delicacy. (No, I am not going to be all that indelicate. Relax.)



    Back when I was young and watching I Spy not in its original run but in syndication a half a decade later, I began to find my attention being drawn to the fact that Robert Culp was, apart from his general thespian skills, quite good at walking away from the camera.



    It only later became apparent to me that the directors of the episodes had also discovered this. Later episodes definitely show more departures, so to speak, than earlier ones.



    Now, I said this was going to have to do with his acting. It does. The portion of Robert Culp that attracts an astute viewer's interest when he turns his back upon same isn't all that unusually, or even finely, constructed. It's what he DOES with it. It has attitude. The attitude belongs to... no, not Robert Culp. It belongs, in this case, to Kelly Robinson. (Admittedly he seems to have thrown a lot of himself into that particulare role.) If and when he portrayed a person of more staid character, I believe his body would reflect/has reflected that.



    Acting is not all cerebral. If you have a grasp of your character, your sense-memory is working right, and you are in the time and place into which the script has put you, it follows that... well, it all follows. ALL of it. Thus it was not the prurience of my youth (well okay, maybe a little) that most greatly contributed to my appreciation of the side of Culp they don't put in his composites.



    Oh, and apart from that, he's a pretty good actor. No, NOT apart from that! It's part and parcel. And a very nice parcel, too.moreless
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