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Robert Urich

Dan Tanna in Vega$, Spenser in Spenser for Hire

Photos Robert Urich Birth name: Robert Michael Urich
Birth date: 1946/12/19
Date of death : 2002/04/16 (56 years old)
Birth place : Toronto Ohio
Height: 1.88 m

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Biography for Robert Urich

Robert grew up in Toronto, Ohio, where his athletic ability led to a four year football scholarship at Florida State University. There he earned a B.A. in Communications. He later received an M.A. at Michigan State University and then joined WGN radio in Chicago as a sales account representative. He then briefly appeared as a TV weatherman.

His big break came from Burt Reynolds in 1972 when he played Burt's younger brother in a stage production of "The Rainmaker". Burt brought him to California and let him stay in his home there until he got his acting break.

He was starring in the TV series "The Lazarus Man" (1996) when he was diagnosed with cancer, which caused the cancellation of the series. The cancer went into remission after treatment and he resumed acting again with his role as Captain Jim Kennedy III on "The Love Boat: The Next Wave" (1998).

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Filmography

Title Role
Night of the Wolf (2002) (TV) Purly Owens
The President's Man: A Line in the Sand (2002) (TV) President Adam Mayfield
Emeril (2001) TV Series Jerry McKenney
For Love of Olivia (2001) (TV) Horton Roundtree
Aftermath (2001) (TV) Jack
Clover Bend (2001) Bill
Late Boomers (2001) TV Series
Miracle on the 17th Green (1999) (TV) Mitch McKinley
Final Run (1999) (TV) Glen 'Lucky' Singer
Invasion America (1998) TV Series (voice) Briggs
The Love Boat: The Next Wave (1998) TV Series Captain Jim Kennedy III
Final Descent (1997) (TV) Capt. Glen (Lucky) Singer
Vital Signs (1997) TV Series Host
Boatworks (1997) TV Series Host
The Lazarus Man (1996) TV Series Lazarus (James Cathcart) (1996)
The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue (1996) Angus Feagan
Captains Courageous (1996) (TV) Capt. Matthew Troop
She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal (1995) (TV) Adm. Williams
A Horse for Danny (1995) (TV) Eddie Fortuna
Spenser: A Savage Place (1995) (TV) Spenser
Spenser: The Judas Goat (1994) (TV) Spenser
A Perfect Stranger (1994) (TV) Alex Hale
To Save the Children (1994) (TV) Jake Downey
Spenser: Pale Kings and Princes (1994) (TV) Spenser
The World's Greatest Magic (1994) (TV) Host
It Had to Be You (1993) TV Series Mitch Quinn (1993)
Deadly Relations (1993) (TV) Leonard J. Fagot
Spenser: Ceremony (1993) (TV) Spenser
Crossroads (1992) TV Series John Hawkins
Revolver (1992) (TV) Nick Suster
Double Edge (1992/I) (TV) Harry Carter
Survive the Savage Sea (1992) (TV) Jack Carpenter
Blind Man's Bluff (1992) (TV) Thomas Booker
Jock of the Bushveld (1992) Rocky
...And Then She Was Gone (1991) (TV) Jack Bauer
Stranger at My Door (1991) (TV) Joe Fortier
83 Hours 'Til Dawn (1990) (TV) Bradley Burdock
A Quiet Little Neighborhood, a Perfect Little Murder (1990) (TV) Ross Pegler
American Dreamer (1990) TV Series Tom Nash
Blind Faith (1990) (TV) Rob Marshall
Night Walk (1989) (TV) Simon
Murder by Night (1989) (TV)
Lonesome Dove (1989) (mini) TV Series Jake Spoon
She Knows Too Much (1989) (TV) Harry
The Comeback (1989) (TV) Scotty Malloy
Spooner (1989) (TV) Harry Spooner/Michael Norlon
April Morning (1988) (TV) Joseph Simmons
Long zai tian ya (1988) Airport police
Amerika (1987) (mini) TV Series Peter Bradford
Young Again (1986) (TV) Michael Riley, Age 40
The Defiant Ones (1986) (TV) Johnny 'Joker' Johnson
Spenser: For Hire (1985) TV Series Spenser
Turk 182! (1985) Terry Lynch
Scandal Sheet (1985) (TV) Ben Rowan
His Mistress (1984) (TV) Allen Beck
Invitation to Hell (1984) (TV) Matt Winslow
The Ice Pirates (1984) Jason
Mistral's Daughter (1984) (mini) TV Series Jason Darcy
Princess Daisy (1983) (TV) Patrick Shannon
Endangered Species (1982) Ruben Castle
Gavilan (1982) TV Series Robert Gavilan
Take Your Best Shot (1982) (TV) Jess Marriner
Killing at Hell's Gate (1981) (TV) Charles Duke
The Shadow Box (1980) (TV)
Fighting Back (1980) (TV) Rocky Bleier
When She Was Bad... (1979) (TV) Bob Morgan
Vega$ (1978) TV Series Dan Tanna
Leave Yesterday Behind (1978) (TV) David Lyle
Vega$ (1978) (TV) Dan Tanna
Soap (1977) TV Series Peter Campbell (1977)
Tabitha (1977) TV Series Paul Thurston
Bunco (1977) (TV) Walker
S.W.A.T. (1975) TV Series Officer Jim Street
The Specialists (1975) (TV) (as Robert York) Dr. William Nugent
Killdozer (1974) (TV) Mack McCarthy
Magnum Force (1973) Officer Mike Grimes

Trivia

He sued Castle Rock Television for $1.47 million (the amount he would have received for the 2nd season of his TV series "The Lazarus Man" (1996).) on 11th April 2000 because Lazarus Man was canceled because he had cancer. He alleged he did not receive payments from the company. Apparently Urich and his production company entered into an agreement with Castle Rock in 1995 for Urich to act in the Lazarus Man pilot. Under the deal, he was to be paid $70,000 per episode for the first season and $73,000 an episode the second season. In July 1996, he informed Castle Rock that he had cancer and would have to undergo treatment, but the suit said at no time was Urich unable to perform his duties. Then Castle Rock terminated the agreement a month later. Urich underwent chemotherapy, radiation treatments and two operations in the mid-1990s to seemingly successfully fight synovial cell sarcoma, a rare cancer that attacks the joints.

Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University 1968, Master of Arts from Michigan State University in Communications

Is of Slovak heritage.

Member of Lambda Chi Alpha.

Graduated from Florida State University in 1967 or 1968

Spent latter years devoted to cancer research and education, and he and wife established the Heather and Robert Urich Fund for Sarcoma Research at the University of Michigan.

Recipient of the Gilda Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Won 1992 Cable Ace Award as Informational Host of National Geographic's "On Assignment" series. Also in 1992, narrated Emmy-winning National Geographic Explorer film, "U-Boats: Terror on Our Shores."

Wife Heather Menzies played blonde Louisa, one of the Von Trapp children, in the film version of The Sound of Music (1965).

He was from Toronto, Ohio; his wife was from Toronto, Ontario!

National spokesman for the American Cancer Society in 1998.

Holds the record for having the most series-regular roles on TV: 13. "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" (1973), "S.W.A.T." (1975), "Soap" (1977), "Tabitha" (1977), "Vega$" (1978), "Gavilan" (1982), "Spenser: For Hire" (1985), "American Dreamer" (1990) "Crossroads" (1992) "It Had to Be You" (1993), "The Lazarus Man" (1996), "The Love Boat: The Next Wave" (1998), and "Emeril" (2001).

Graduated from Toronto High School in Toronto, Ohio in 1964.

Attended Florida State University on a four-year football scholarship where he earned his undergraduate degree in Radio and Television Communications in 1968.

Graduated from Michigan State University in 1971 with a masters degree in Broadcast Research and Management.

His final film, Night of the Wolf (2002) (TV) aired on Animal Planet the same day that he died.

Family

Spouse : Heather Menzies (21 November 1975 - 16 April 2002) (his death) 3 children, Barbara Rucker (1968 - 1974) (divorced)

Daughter with Menzies, Allison Grady, born [18 April 1998]

Son: Ryan 1979 Daughter: Emily 1980.

Brother of Tom Urich

Uncle of actor Justin Urich

Author of the card

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