With his wife, Robert founded the Heather and Robert Urich Fund for Sarcoma Research.
Robert Urich sued Castle Rock Television in 2000 claiming that the show The Lazarus Man was cancelled due to his cancer.
Robert Urich won a Cable Ace award in 1992 in the category 'Top Informational Host' for his work on National Geographic's Explorer. In the same year he won an Emmy award for his narration of an Explorer film.
In December 1995 Robert Urich was awarded the 2059th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He has two grandchildren: Michelle and Lana, but he died before they were born.
Robert is the brother of actor Tom Urich and the uncle of actor Justin Urich.
He earned his undergraduate degree in Radio and Television Communications in 1968 from Florida State University
He graduated from Toronto High School in Toronto, Ohio in 1964.
He was the national spokesman for the American Cancer Society in 1998.
Robert was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
Robert Urich had 3 children with wife Heather Menzies: Ryan, Emily, and Alison.
Robert Urich was married to Barbara Rucker from 1968 to 1974.
Robert Urich (on dealing with cancer): Charge forward with hope and get the best medical advice you can. Talk to your friends, neighbors, family, and together you attack it. We can't always control what happens to us, but we can always control how we react to it.
Robert Urich: Although most civilians think of Hollywood as one big fraternity, most celebrities, as far as I know, spend very little time socializing away from the set. I am as excited as the next guy when I bump into Jack Nicholson on the golf course, or Joe Pesci at a cocktail party. I'm a fan too!
Robert Urich: The experience has been a life altering one. I've always felt that my priorities were in proper alignment but this flirting with cancer has only reinforced my desire to live every day to the fullest.
Robert Urich (On his doctor questioning him prior to an MRI scan): I go in there and they say, Bob, you have to fill out this whole questionnaire. And I didn't have my glasses, so I said, can you just read these to me? He said, OK, do you have a pacemaker? And I said no. Because of the metal in the pacemaker - do have you any kind of metal implant, medical implant. I said no. Any bridges in your mouth? No. Do you have a penile implant? I said, excuse me. He said, well, it's a - I said, I know what it is. No. Can we go on to the next question? He said, what about tattoo eyeliner? I said, what? He said, well, some people have tattoo eyeliner, they can make your eyes kind of water and get red and irritate the eyes. I said, maybe you should ask the fellow with the penile implant. No. Can we just do this test already?
Robert Urich: I just think my longevity has a lot to do with how I was raised, to work hard and respect other folks. I know it sounds hokey, but I think ultimately on television, you can't hide who you are. It is why people are always coming up to me, not to talk about my shows but about their families, their pets. They obviously feel comfortable with me.
Robert Urich: I've been lucky enough to conduct a 20-year apprentice program in front of about 40 million people every week. I got to study my craft and my trade while I was working.
Robert Urich: I think that all art, including performing arts, is the thing that separates man from the lesser primates in the jungle. It elevates our spirits, it gives our souls wings. It holds a mirror up to us so that we see ourselves. It pursues the ultimate truth and allows us to move to greater heights as spiritual beings.