It's strange the way things seem to randomly happen that end up being connected to an event which occurs not soon afterwards. Even if it was a bit of a reach like in this instance. There was a little buzz on Twitter recently about a Twitter account claiming to be Bill Cosby and folks were trying to get it validated. I never followed-up to see if it ever did, then I hear about this late last night.
Actor Robert Culp died yesterday after falling on a sidewalk near a Los Angeles park. He was 79-years-old.
I realize I was reaching a bit with the correlation between Cosby and Culp, but that's how my brain works. The two of them played on the 1960s series "I Spy" together so it's not as though it's that much of a stretch. Even though I've never seen an entire episode all the way through, I am always reminded of how that series was very pivotal for not only Cosby's career but for us as a people and how we were portrayed on television shows.
What I do remember about Culp is he would guest star on a couple of "Cosby Show" episodes when that classic series was in its prime. It was a big enough deal that Mom got a little giddy about the mini-reunion. She even liked the little nuance they threw in with Culp's character having a name that was a combination of his and Cosby's characters from "I Spy". I can appreciate that because I have similar moments when I see stars from my favorite shows back in the day making cameos.
But the way that I will NEVER forget Culp was as the "mentor" on one of my favorite shows from the 80s: "The Greatest American Hero". That's what always came to mind whenever I saw him after that. No offense to the groundbreaking achievements they accomplished with "I Spy", but that 80s gem was priceless.
Culp would allow today's generation to familiarize themselves with him in another way. He played the father-in-law on "Everybody Loves Raymond". Or so I'm told. I have only seen one episode of the entire series and apparently it was an episode Culp wasn't in.
Nevertheless, I very clearly recall Culp from his "Cosby Show" appearances and "The Greatest American Hero". Those two very memorable pieces of my childhood were enough for me to give him his props.
Rest in peace, Mr. Culp.