Recent Topics
High Mileage Oil Advice ?
by ChrisD46
32 minutes 28 seconds ago
Car that runs on saltwater
by hate2work
44 minutes 43 seconds ago
AAP code, good for today only...
by mjk
59 minutes 58 seconds ago
F1 - 2014 Italian Grand Prix
by gofast182
Today at 07:48 AM
1998 Olds 88-3800 engine
by ET16
Today at 06:20 AM
ATF Change (4T65E-HD) - What to do?
by tony1679
Today at 05:16 AM
Popular Science article in 1976 on synthetic oils
by Apollo14
Today at 03:05 AM
9/1-10/5 Pep Boys Sales Ad
by tenderloin
Today at 02:21 AM
To Buy the Jug, or use another weight?
by Timo325
Today at 02:00 AM
8/31-9/7 Pep Boys Sales Ad
by tenderloin
Today at 01:57 AM
weedeater one we261
by turbodieselfreak
Today at 01:42 AM
Engine rebuild durability?
by PandaBear
Today at 01:31 AM
Newest Members
DennisWaller, DMackey, Mambo_Dave, 2165, JohnSawyer
51160 Registered Users
Who's Online
83 registered (1foxracing, 65f100, andyd, 05LGTLtd, Astro14, abycat, 8 invisible), 1461 Guests and 404 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
51160 Members
64 Forums
218613 Topics
3447129 Posts

Max Online: 2862 @ 07/07/14 03:10 PM
Donate to BITOG

Topic Options
#1831082 - 03/25/10 03:44 PM Robert Culp has passed on
Benzadmiral Offline


Registered: 10/12/05
Posts: 3580
Loc: Da Swamp
Robert Culp, who starred with Bill Cosby in "I Spy" (and helped to make him famous by giving him acting tips and writing scripts to showcase him), has passed on: http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/24/obit.robert.culp/index.html?hpt=T2 [Insert string of curses here.]

http://hmssweblog.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/i-spys-robert-culp-dies/

Includes link to full first (and authorized) "I Spy" episode on YouTube and a memorable Culp cameo on "Get Smart."

And here, if any "I Spy" fans are around, is a transcript of two interviews in which Culp discusses the genesis of "I Spy," and how he worked as a writer to shape what we saw on the screen: http://ispy65.tripod.com/id198.htm

Harlan Ellison called him friend, and applauded his work. Culp wrote several episodes of "I Spy," and probably the best episode of "The Rifleman," a two-parter with his trademark noir-ish atmosphere and with the leads, Lucas and Mark, isolated from their friends as they try to escape a Mexican bandit gang. When I saw it in reruns a few years ago, without knowing who wrote it, it reminded me instantly of Culp's "I Spy" script "Home to Judgment," which aired five or six years later. That's surely a high compliment to pay to any writer: that his style is immediately recognizable.

Regarding his acting, he was remarkable. He starred in the Ellison-scripted "Demon with the Glass Hand" on "Outer Limits." Watch the way he moves in that, and how his silhouette (I presume he was the model for that) runs in the "I Spy" title credits. He moved like no other actor. He could do drama, he could do comedy.

He was also considered for the role of John D. MacDonald's boat-bum investigator and salvage expert, Travis McGee, when the film of "Darker than Amber" was being mounted in '69 or '70. For some reason MacDonald hated Culp as McGee; they ended up going with Rod Taylor. Much as I like Taylor, I think Culp might have been a better choice. MacDonald has McGee say in one novel that when he is worked up, he can look like something from an unused corner of [censored] (not an exact quote), and Culp could certainly do that.

I'm going to try to find a copy of 1972's "Hickey and Boggs," in which he re-teamed with Cosby; I've never seen it.

May we meet in heaven, Mr. Culp. I'm sure you have grand stories to tell.
_________________________
* *
-- Paul W. (The Benzadmiral)
('11 Buick Regal CXL, charcoal/cream, 2.4L NA)
My Man from U.N.C.L.E. Blog: http://benzadmiral-uncle.blogspot.com/

Top
#1831089 - 03/25/10 03:47 PM Re: Robert Culp has passed on [Re: Benzadmiral]
mechtech2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 19479
Loc: Chicago Area
I Spy- ed this information also.
My condolences to his family - Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice.

Top
#1831614 - 03/25/10 09:57 PM Re: Robert Culp has passed on [Re: mechtech2]
Big_Ed Offline


Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 127
Loc: Illinois, U.S.A.
I really ejoyed him in The Greatest American Hero. R.I.P.

Top
#1831671 - 03/25/10 10:34 PM Re: Robert Culp has passed on [Re: Big_Ed]
GROUCHO MARX Offline


Registered: 07/24/02
Posts: 11410
Loc: The Sandhills of NewYorkistan
Had a great episode on "Columbo"
_________________________
80% of people polled say that their neighbor should take mass transit to work.

Top