Robert Urich, A Man Gone Too Soon
A native of Toronto, Ohio, Robert Urich credited his longevity in acting to being raised in a blue-collar family where hard work and respect for others were important principles.
His acting career spanned three decades before his death at age 55 of synovial sarcoma. It's impressive to consider that despite his death in mid-life, Urich holds the record for having the most regular roles in TV series, 30 of them.
Many of his roles were of the action variety, for which he was well-suited having played four years of football at Florida State University on a scholarship. Urich graduated from there with a BA in Broadcast and Communication, then attended Michigan State University where he attained a Master of Arts in Communication.
You may remember another actor who played football for FSU some years before Urich: Burt Reynolds. The two men met when they acted in the stage play "The Rainmaker" in 1972. Reynolds took Urich under his wing -- literally -- inviting the younger man into his home. A recommendation from Reynolds to producer Aaron Spelling resulted in Urich's first TV series, "S.W.A.T."
I remember Urich first for his role in the sitcom "Soap," then "Spenser: For Hire" and "Vega$." His boyish good looks and a smile that seemed always ready to beam caught my attention. He seemed as comfortable with comedy as he did with serious roles. If you're interested in a trip down memory lane, Youtube has these offerings: " Spenser: For Hire , " Vega$ " and " Soap ."
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