|Birthdate||December 19, 1946|
|Birthplace||Toronto, Ohio, United States|
|Death Date||April 16, 2002 (age 55)|
|Death Place||Thousand Oaks, California, United States|
Urich grew up in Toronto, Ohio, where his athletic ability led to a four year football scholarship at Florida State University. There he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. He later received a Master of Arts at Michigan State University and then joined WGN radio in Chicago as a sales account representative. He then briefly appeared as a television weatherman, and soon realized that he wanted to become an actor.
His big break came in 1972 when he played Burt Reynolds' younger brother in a stage production of "The Rainmaker". Reynolds and Urich were both alumni of Florida State. Reynolds brought him to California and let him stay in his home until he got his acting break. Reynolds recommended him to producer Aaron Spelling for the television series S.W.A.T. (1975). Although that series lasted only one season, Spelling remembered Urich and later cast him in Vega$ (1978), which had a longer run.
In 1996, Urich starred in The Lazarus Man. It was canceled shortly after he announced that he had been diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare cancer, in July that year. He sought treatment for his illness while continuing his career and also worked to raise money for cancer research. He was declared cancer free in 1998 and returned to television in the UPN series, Love Boat: The Next Wave. In 2000, he made his Broadway debut as Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago. His last role was in the NBC sitcom Emeril in 2001, but in the autumn of that year, his cancer returned and he died in April 2002 at age 55.
In chronological order
- The Pilot
- Tabitha's Weighty Problem
- Halloween Show
- A Star Is Born
- Minerva Goes Straight
- Mr. Nice Guy
- The Arrival of Nancy
- Tabitha's Triangle
- That New Black Magic
- What's Wrong With Mister Right?
- Paul Goes to New York
- Tabitha's Party
- Robert Urich on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on December 1, 2019.
- Robert Urich on Wikipedia. Retrieved on December 2, 2019. Revised on April 6, 2021.
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