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|Also Known As:||Died:||April 16, 2002|
|Born:||December 19, 1946||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Toronto, Ohio, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
Urich co-owns Computer Sentry Software, a Tennessee-based company which creates anti-theft computer software. He also publishes a series of outdoor books based on the writings of Nash Buckingham under the banner of his own Beaver Dam Press.
He received a Bravo Award (Germany) as Best Actor in 1980 for "Vega$".
"'Who wouldn't want this guy?', asks his new agent, ICM's Alan Berger. 'He's been in a couple of really big shows and he's just one of those guys Americans like to welcome into their homes.'" --From the LOS ANGELES TIMES, September 15 1993
The author of the books on which Urich's series, "Spenser: For Hire", was based, noted, "'I was looking for a big, athletic, not-dumb leading man, and if you want one on television and don't want Robert Urich, who are you going to get?', poses the books' author, Robert Parker. 'Was he exactly the Spenser I'd had in mind? No, Robert Mitchum probably would have been, but we're talking TV here.'" --From LOS ANGELES TIMES, September 15, 1993
And finally, the last word on the subject of Urich's durability on TV through many series and TV-movies (to the point where the LOS ANGELES TIMES called him the "Teflon Television Man"): "I just think my longevity has a lot to do with where I come from, a blue-collar town in Ohio, and how I was raised, to work hard and respect other folks. I know it sounds hokey but I think, ultimately, on television you can't hide who you are. It's why people are always coming up to me, not to talk about my shows but about their families, their pets. They obviously feel comfortable with me. As for why I keep getting opportunities, I think people in the industry understand that so many elements go into making a show succeed--or fail. It can be a time slot, chemistry between actors, even the mood of the country. Hey, most of Robert De Niro's movies haven't made money but people respect his ability." --LOS ANGELES TIMES, September 15, 1993
About his battle with cancer: "When that call came, it was terrifying. You want to fall apart. But I have always played these guys who are capable, and now I thought, 'Maybe it's time to prove that you are capable.' But those first few days--even though I always had a great prognosis--no doubt about it: It's scary."
"So my response was to go at it in a very business-like, professional manner. I needed a weekend to compose myself and put on my game face, my fighting face. But when the doctor said to me, 'When would you like to come in and start treatment?' I said, 'What time do you open?' He said, '6 a.m.' I said, 'I'll be there at 10 to six. I want to be the first one cured every day." --Robert Urich to LOS ANGELES TIMES, February 27, 1997
In addition to the Gilda Radner Courage Award, he has received the John Wayne Cancer Institute's Three Tyler Award and continues to tour the country speaking with patients and families dealing with cancer.
One of the most approachable, down-to-earth people in show business, Robert Urich has an official website at www.roberturich.com
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