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Robert CulpRobert Culp, half of the team of I Spy and a third of the trio from The Greatest American Hero, has passed away at the age of 79. He was known best for his role in a groundbreaking series, as well as a groundbreaking film, but did his share of writing and directing over the years as well.

I Spy aired from 1965 to 1968, and in that time it was a groundbreaking show. Not only did it creatively combine action and humor, but it also was the first to feature racially integrated stars, with an African American in the lead. This opened the way for Diahann Carroll to become the first African American woman in a non-stereotypical role (on Julia). Culp appeared on the show as tennis player Kelly Robinson, who was hiding his true identity of being a spy. He wrote seven scripts throughout the show’s three seasons, and also directed an episode. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for the series three separate times, but each time lost out to Cosby.

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