It took a football injury and a stab at the business world before Robert Urich found acting would be his nich in life.
The handsome native of Toronto, Ohio, starrred as Peter Campbell in "Soap," the half-hour comedy series produced by Witt/Thomas/Harris and then found success in a string of series "SWAT", "Vegas", "Spenser for Hire" (title role).
Urich enrolled at Florida State University on a football scholarship and majored in drama because "it was fun." When an injury ended any hopes of becoming a professional football player, he made use of the appreciation for security his parents had instilled in him and returned to the business world.
The 6'2" hazel-eyed actor entered Michigan State University where he received his Master's Degree in Broadcast Management. He promptly landed his first job as an account executive for WGN Broadcasting Company in Chicago.
Five months later, unhappy and desiring an acting career, he began calling theatrical producers around town. Within three months, he began getting roles in various local productions.
In March of 1972, less than two years after initiating his new career, Urich arrived in Hollywood. His first major role was in an episode of "Kung Fu." Since then, he has starred in the television series "S.W.A.T.;" as Bob in the short-lived TV series, "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice;" and guested in such series as "The F.B.I." and "Marcus Welby, M.D." He also appeared in a TV pilot entitled "Bunco," and had a role in the motion picture, "Magnum Force." Urich performed in a Chicago theatre production of "Sabrina Fair," among others.
In addition to his role in "Soap," Urich also co-starred with Lisa Hartman this season in Columbia Pictures Television's half-hour romantic fantasy comedy series, "Tabitha."
Urich's favorite pastimes included snow skiing, swimming and writing. Born on December 19, he and his wife, actress Heather Menzies, resided in Studio City, California.
In 2002, Robert Urich passed away.