Robert Urich

Robert Urich

  • Highest Rated: 82% Magnum Force (1973)
  • Lowest Rated: 9% The Ice Pirates (1984)
  • Birthday: Dec 19, 1946
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • One of the most prolific and ubiquitous television actors of the latter 20th century in addition to his service as a tireless spokesperson for the disease that was eventually the cause of his untimely demise, Robert Urich was once referred to as the "Teflon Television Man" for his uncanny ability to appear unscathed from the ambitious small-screen failures in which he frequently appeared. His presence in over 15 weekly television series during his 30-year career made him a household name, and his brave struggle against a rare and devastating form of soft-tissue cancer known as Synovial Cell Sarcoma instilled inspiration into countless cancer patients waging a seemingly never-ending uphill battle. Born in Toronto, OH, on December 19, 1946, Urich's youthful athleticism earned him a four-year scholarship to the Florida State University, where he would excel as a defensive lineman and graduated with a B.A. in communications. After next earning an M.A. in broadcast research and management from Michigan State University, Urich settled in Chicago and worked briefly as a radio sales agent and a meteorologist. A fateful late evening while working as a sales account representative at WGN Radio found Urich asked to perform in a Jewish bond drive, with the role sparking an epiphany that he had finally found his true calling. Continuing to develop his skills on community theater stages, the blossoming actor spent the following 18 months performing at the Windy City's Ivanhoe, Arlington Park, and Pheasant Run theaters. A blessing in disguise followed shortly thereafter when executives found out about his moonlighting and fired him from the station, freeing him to pursue his life's calling full-time. Aided in his early career by friend Burt Reynolds, it wasn't long before Urich was spotted by an agent and relocating to Los Angeles to make his television debut in the television series Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1973). Landing a small role in the Clint Eastwood film Magnum Force the same year, Urich's career continued to gain momentum with roles in such popular small-screen series as Soap, S.W.A.T., and alongside Tom Selleck in Bunco. Propelled to stardom with his role in the made-for-television film Vega$ (1978) and the subsequent series of the same name that followed, Urich would also appear infrequently in film, though his true calling remained on the small screen, where his presence spanned nearly every genre and format. The early '80s found him landing increasingly frequent roles in television, and after gaining fame as a detective in Spenser for Hire in 1985 and appearing in such films as Ice Pirates (1984) and Turk 182! (1985), Urich was the recipient of a Cable Ace Award for his seven-year stint as host of National Geographic Explorer. Frequently returning to his Spencer persona for made-for-television movies following the show's cancellation, the busy star would also continue to shine in such popular television efforts as Lonesome Dove (1989) and as host to such special event programs as A Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World (1993) and Alien Encounters From New Tomorrowland (1995). It was during the filming of the small-screen Western series The Lazarus Man (1996) that tragedy struck, and Urich's discovery of a mysterious lump proved the beginning of the end for the handsome and rugged actor who to this point had seemed indestructible. Having received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame the year before, Urich's career seemed to be going stronger than ever; unfortunately his body was entering the early stages Synovial Cell Sarcoma. During an intensive eight-month cycle of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, Urich spoke open and honestly about his cancer, and the production of The Lazarus Man was shut down. Urich would later charge that show's producers with a breach-of-contract suit in which he claimed that he was able to perform under the specifications of the contract that both parties had signed, and following a settle

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Night of the Wolf Purly Owens 2002
No Score Yet Clover Bend Bill 2002
No Score Yet The President's Man: A Line in the Sand President Adam Mayfield 2002
No Score Yet Aftermath (A Long Way Home) Jack 2001
No Score Yet Miracle on the 17th Green Mitch McKinley 1999
No Score Yet Final Run Glen `Lucky' Singer 1999
No Score Yet Final Descent Actor 1997
No Score Yet The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue Angus Feagan 1996
No Score Yet Captains Courageous Capt. Matt Troop 1996
No Score Yet A Horse for Danny Eddie 1995
No Score Yet Spenser - A Savage Place Spenser 1995
No Score Yet To Save the Children Jake Downey 1994
No Score Yet Spenser: Pale Kings & Princes Spenser 1994
No Score Yet Spenser: The Judas Goat Spenser 1994
No Score Yet Spenser: Ceremony Spenser 1993
No Score Yet Double Edge Harry Carter 1993
No Score Yet Deadly Relations Leonard Fagot 1993
No Score Yet Jock - A True Tale of Friendship (Jock of the Bushveld) Actor 1992
No Score Yet Revolver Nick Sastre 1992
No Score Yet National Geographic Explorer Actor 1992
No Score Yet ...And Then She Was Gone Jack Bauer 1991
No Score Yet Blind Man's Bluff Thomas Booker 1991
No Score Yet 83 Hours 'til Dawn Bradley Burdock 1990
No Score Yet National Geographic: On Assignment Actor 1990
No Score Yet A Perfect Little Murder Ross Pegler 1990
No Score Yet Murder by Night Actor 1989
No Score Yet Final Notice Actor 1989
No Score Yet April Morning Joseph Simmons 1988
No Score Yet Amerika Peter Bradford 1987
No Score Yet Young Again Michael Riley (40) 1986
20% Turk 182! Terry Lynch 1985
No Score Yet Scandal Sheet Ben Rowan 1985
No Score Yet The Defiant Ones Johnny 'Joker' Johnson 1985
No Score Yet Invitation to Hell Matt Winslow 1984
9% The Ice Pirates Jason 1984
No Score Yet Mistral's Daughter Actor 1984
No Score Yet Princess Daisy Actor 1983
No Score Yet Endangered Species Ruben Castle 1982
No Score Yet Take Your Best Shot Jess Marriner 1982
No Score Yet Killing at Hell's Gate Actor 1981
No Score Yet The Shadow Box Actor 1980
No Score Yet When She Was Bad... Bob Morgan 1979
No Score Yet The Comeback Scotty Malloy 1978
No Score Yet Vega$ Actor 1978
No Score Yet Bunco Actor 1977
No Score Yet Killdozer Actor 1974
82% Magnum Force Grimes 1973

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 2019
  • 1982
14% Love Boat: The Next Wave
1998-1999
Capt. Jim Kennedy
  • 1999
  • 1998
40% Invasion America
1998
Voice
  • 1998
63% Crossroads
1992-1993
Johnny Hawkins
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet American Dreamer
1990-1991
Tom Nash
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Lonesome Dove
1989
Jake Spoon
  • 1989
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Himself
  • 1988
No Score Yet Soap
1977-1981
Peter Campbell
  • 1977
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Manolo
  • 1975
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Greg Dundee
  • 1973
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Duke
  • 1973

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