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Robert Urich

One of the most popular and prolific actors on television, Robert Urich has starred in ten television series, including the popular, long-running series, SPENSER: FOR HIRE and VEGA$. Urich has also starred in the series S.W.A.T., GAVILAN, SOAP, TABITHA, BOB AND CAROL AND TED AND ALICE, AMERICAN DREAMER, CROSSROADS, IT HAD TO BE YOU, and most recently LAZARUS MAN.

Urich has also worked extensively in mini-series and movies for television, having received both critical and popular acclaim for his work in the Emmy award winning LONESOME DOVE, AMERIKA, and BLIND FAITH. His other telefilm credits include HIS MISTRESS, SCANDAL SHEET, THE DEFIANT ONES, YOUNG AGAIN, THE COMEBACK, LADY BE GOOD, STRANGER AT MY DOOR, AND THEN SHE WAS GONE, SURVIVE THE SAVAGE SEA, BLINDMAN'S BLUFF, TWO WOMEN, REVOLVER, and DEADLY RELATIONS.

Urich has also starred in the mini-series PRINCESS DAISY, MISTRAL'S DAUGHTER, the CBS dramatic telefilm TO SAVE THE CHILDREN, the highly-rated Danielle Steele's PERFECT STRANGER, ABC's A HORSE FOR DANNY, two new SPENSER movies for Lifetime and ABC, and most recently TAILHOOK for ABC.

Continuing to host TBS' National Geographic's ON ASSIGNMENT series, Urich received the 1992 Cable Ace Award for informational host of National Geographic's EXPLORER, which he hosted for three years. He also received a 1992 Emmy Award for his narration of the Explorer film U-BOATS: TERROR ON OUR SHORES.

Among Urich's feature film credits are starring roles in Turk 182! with Timothy Hutton, Endangered Species with JoBeth Williams and Ice Pirates with Anjelica Huston. Urich also performed on stage in productions that include The Hasty Heart, in which he teamed with his wife Heather Menzies, at the Kennedy Center for the Arts.

A native of Toronto, Ohio, Urich earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and television communications at Florida State University while on a four-year football scholarship. He subsequently earned his M.A. in Broadcast Research and Management from Michigan State University.

Urich made his stage debut by talking his way into a community theater production of Lovers and Other Strangers. He spent the next 18 months performing at Chicago's Ivanhoe Theater and the Arlington Park and Pheasant Run Theaters, during which time he caught the attention of a talent agent and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a professional career.

He landed his first series starring role in BOB AND CAROL AND TED AND ALICE, based on the controversial movie of the same title. Shortly thereafter, he made his feature film debut in Clint Eastwood's second outing as Dirty Harry Callahan, MAGNUM FORCE - five lines and crushed under a motorcycle by Eastwood's speeding car! Urich began to work steadily after MAGNUM FORCE, with the police series S.W.A.T. and then his own starring roles in VEGA$ and GAVILAN. He has worked steadily ever since.

When not before the cameras, Urich was active in natural resource conservation and published a series of outdoor books based on the writings of Nash Buckingham under the banner of his publishing company, Beaver Dam Press.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Robert Urich Facts

BirthdayDecember 19, 1946
BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of deathApril 16, 2002 (age 55)
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Robert Urich compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Lonesome Dove
Magnum Force
Vegas: The Complete Series
Ice Pirates
Lonesome Dove Collection
Spenser for Hire: Season 3
Spenser For Hire: The Complete First Season
The Ice Pirates
Spenser for Hire: The Complete Second Season
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