It took a football injury and a stab at the business world before Robert Urich found acting would be his niche in life.
Born in Toronto, Ohio, 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. After guest starring in multiple television shows, he landed the starring role in the television series Vega$ (1978).
Urich's favorite pastimes included snow skiing, swimming and writing. He and his wife, actress Heather Menzies, resided in Studio City, California.