Talk:Robert Culp

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High school[edit]

He graduated from High School in 1947, yet served in WW II? Where did he find the time? Perhaps the Korean War makes more sense.

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The article lists Robert Culp's year of birth as 1930, but says he served in the military during WWII as an armored infantryman, and did not graduate from high school until 1947. If that year of birth is accurate, he would have been between age 11 to 13 or so during his military activity in WWII, and without sufficient education since it was well after the war that he completed high school. This cannot be right. 14:31, 7 December 2006 (UTC)

I came to this discussion page to enter the same observation. It occurs to me that the error may be in referring to World War II, when Culp may have served in the Korean War. I did a quick web search for the name of his listed infantry brigade but turned up no useful information (Dec. 9, 2006)

Removed incorrect info about WWII and the jacket in GAH[edit]

I co-admin a board dedicated to Robert Culp, and a member was kind enough to point out the glaringly obvious error of Mr. Culp graduating high school in 1947 (which makes sense), yet having served in WWII (which does not make sense).

Also, the incorrect information about his character Bill Maxwell from The Greatest American Hero was removed. His favorite baseball jacket had "72ND ARMORED DIVISION" on it, including the insignia, not the division that was listed. Just another FYI: His character's rank was Master Sergeant (I looked this up on the US Army site to verify it).

The patch shown of the 72nd Armored Division is correct, but there were many for Armored Divisions; the 72nd is just one of many.

I'm almost embarrassed to admit it, but I don't know if Mr. Culp served in the military or not. If I find out he did, I'll certainly put that information in here, once I verify its accuracy. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 03:34, 4 February 2007 (UTC).

I want to add one more thing to Mr. Culp's biography, but I'm hoping to find the year of graduation first. He spent his last two years in college at the University of Washington (Seattle), where he also taught classes, I think as a student teacher. He also used to give voice lessons while an up-and-coming actor in New York City. One of his students was Betty Page. (This information is from his extensive commentary in "The Robert Culp Collection," the two "I Spy" DVDs of the seven episodes he wrote for the series.) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Seattlekos (talkcontribs)

Cause of death[edit]

The Washington Post reports that he struck his head when he fell. Still additional reliable sources to support it are probably a good idea.

Sullivan, Patricia (March 24, 2010) "Actor Robert Culp Dead" Washington Post, Retrieved March 24, 2010

-- (talk) 05:37, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

Maybe yes, maybe no. Radio reports late yesterday were saying he died of an heart attack. In fact, he might have been as good as dead before he collapsed; striking his head may only have been incidental. We'll need to wait until autopsy results are announced or the coroner determines the cause of death. Any statement about cause of death is, at present, premature and merely speculation.—QuicksilverT @ 06:55, 25 March 2010 (UTC)
The BBC, The New York Times, The Times of London, The Telegraph, The Japan Times, CBS News, and National Public Radio are all reporting that he died after hitting his head in a fall. All news sources are mentioning the head trauma; only some of them are mentioning the possibility of heart attack. Constantly reverting edits that include the head injury is just being pig headed. Leaving little notes in the wiki code "warning" people is even more so. Leaving it to state simply that he "died in a fall" could suggest to a reader unaware of the details that he fell from a great height or down a huge flight of stairs (a la The Exorcist): a much more gruesome and violent death than he actually suffered. You can't keep blanking that; the article should mention both the head trauma and possibility of heart attack, and that the incident is under investigation by the police and the coroner's office. (talk) 12:50, 25 March 2010 (UTC)
The media outlets you cite are all just parroting what they get off the wires. Unless they have a reporter on the ground in the Los Angeles area, what they write is likely to be hearsay. The source most likely to have the straight story is the Los Angeles Times, and they haven't made any claim so far that Culp's death was a direct result of head trauma. Moreover, the reference cited in this Wikipedia article did not make any such claim, either. The article currently states that it happened outside his home, and unless he lived in a highrise apartment, he obviously didn't "[fall] from a great height or down a huge flight of stairs", as you state. So, why embellish the story?
By the way, "leaving little notes in the wiki code 'warning' people" is aimed at editors such as you, User — careless enough to simply invent material out of thin air and too lazy to check the edit summaries, where I noted the reason for deletion twice.—QuicksilverT @ 18:53, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
Although that said the current wording implies he plummeted from a significant height, needs clarification. (talk) 11:18, 30 March 2010 (UTC)

His middle son Jason stated at a public memorial for his father on Saturday that the fall was not the cause of death. That he died of a heart attack and the blow to his head resulted in only a minor cut.

I've updated the article based on family statements at the memorial. Although there was a huge amount of press coverage the day he died, none of them followed up, despite the later reports of a heart attack and autopsy. I realize normally one would quote a news source as a link but given the lack of coverage since his death, it seems that Culp's children and agent are likely to be the only sources at this point. Have just found out the memorial was videotaped. As soon as there is a link for it I will post it here as a source. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:41, 14 April 2010 (UTC)


I replaced in this edit an unreferenced list of colleges with a longer referenced list (none of which said anything about graduation). The list I replaced said he graduated from the University of the Pacific. Americasroof (talk) 14:40, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

Appeared in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1957[edit]

The episode was entitled "A Man Greatly Beloved". Robert Culp played the character Clarence. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:304:5D00:3669:39DD:2ECE:23E2:9BCD (talk) 03:58, 18 October 2013 (UTC)