Robert Urich

Robert Urich

55 (passed away Apr. 16th, 2002)
Dec. 19th, 1946
Born in
Toronto, Ohio, USA
6' 2"

Robert Urich's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Spenser: For Hire TV Show
Spenser: For Hire
S.W.A.T. TV Show
Lonesome Dove TV Show
Lonesome Dove
Tabitha TV Show
Vega$ TV Show
The Love Boat: The Next Wave TV Show
The Love Boat: The Next Wave
Emeril TV Show
American Dreamer TV Show
American Dreamer
Amerika TV Show
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice TV Show
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Gavilan TV Show
It Had to Be You TV Show
It Had to Be You
Crossroads TV Show
The Cross-Wits TV Show
The Cross-Wits

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Robert grew up in Toronto, Ohio, where his athletic ability led to a four year football scholarship at Florida State University (FSU). 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, and soon realized that he wanted to become an actor.

His big break came in 1972 when Robert played Burt Reynolds (I)'s younger brother in a stage production of "The Rainmaker". Burt and Robert were both alumni of FSU. Burt brought him to California and let him stay in his home until he got his acting break. Burt recommended him to producer Aaron Spelling for the TV series "S.W.A.T." (1975). Although that series lasted only one season, Spelling remembered Robert and later cast him in "Vega$" (1978), which had a longer run.

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).

  • (18 April 1998) Daughter with wife 'Heather Menzies' (qv), Allison Grady, born.
  • He was from Toronto, Ohio; his wife was from Toronto, Ontario!
  • His final film, _Night of the Wolf (2002) (TV)_ (qv) aired on Animal Planet the same day that he died.
  • Uncle of actor 'Justin Urich' (qv)
  • 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.
  • National spokesman for the American Cancer Society in 1998.
  • 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 (1992)".
  • Recipient of the Gilda Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

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