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).

  • Has two grandchildren Michelle (born 2004) and Lana (born 2005)
  • (18 April 1998) Daughter with wife 'Heather Menzies' (qv), Allison Grady, born.
  • Attended Florida State University on a four-year football scholarship where he earned his undergraduate degree in Radio and Television Communications in 1968.
  • Uncle of actor 'Justin Urich' (qv)
  • 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)".
  • 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.
  • Is of Slovakian heritage.
  • He sued Castle Rock Television for $1.47 million (the amount he would have received for the second season of his TV series _"The Lazarus Man" (1996)_ (qv)) on April 11, 2000, saying Castle Rock canceled the show 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. 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.

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