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'SPIDER-MAN' Box-office analysts expect big things from "Spider-Man" when it opens this weekend in 3,615 theaters on as many as 7,500 screens.
By United Press International

NBC: 75 years of change

LOS ANGELES, May 2 (UPI) -- NBC looks back at 75 years in the broadcasting business with a three-hour TV special Sunday that not only celebrates the past, but also calls attention to how r
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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'SURVIVOR: THAILAND' It's official -- the fifth installment of CBS's highly successful "Survivor" series will take place on an island in Thailand.
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Robert Culp
Actor Robert Culp arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of the film 'Hollywoodland' held at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California on September 7, 2006.(UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)

Robert Martin Culp (August 16, 1930 – March 24, 2010) was an American actor, scriptwriter, voice actor and director, widely known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy (1965–1968), the espionage series in which he and co-star Bill Cosby played a pair of secret agents. He also had a recurring role as Warren Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond.

Culp was born in Oakland, California, and graduated from Berkeley High School, where he was a pole vaulter, taking second place at the 1947 CIF California State Meet. He attended the College of the Pacific, Washington University in St. Louis, San Francisco State College, and the University of Washington School of Drama, but never completed an academic degree.

Culp first came to national attention very early in his career as the star of the 1957–1959 Western television series Trackdown, in which he played Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman. Trackdown was a spin-off of Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, also on CBS. Culp's character was introduced in an episode titled "Badge of Honor". Culp later appeared in two other episodes of Zane Grey Theater — "Morning Incident" and "Calico Bait" (both 1960) playing different roles. Trackdown then had a CBS spin-off of its own: Wanted: Dead or Alive, with Steve McQueen as bounty hunter Josh Randall.

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