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Robert Urich

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.

Known For


Cast Credits

Emeril (2001)
Starring as Jerry McKenney (10 episodes)
The Love Boat: The Next Wave (1998)
Starring as Captain Jim Kennedy III (25 episodes)
The Lazarus Man (1996)
Starring as James 'Lazarus' Cathcart (4 episodes)
The Nanny (1993)
Guest starring as Judge Jerry Moran
The Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Guest starring as Robert Urich
Crossroads (1992)
Starring as Johnny Hawkins (2 episodes)
  • Episode 1x02: Amanda (Sep 26, 1992)
  • Episode 1x01: Pilot (Sep 14, 1992)
American Dreamer (1990)
Starring as Tom Nash (17 episodes)
Blind Faith (1990)
Starring as Robert O. Marshall
Lonesome Dove (1989)
Starring as Jake Spoon
Amerika (1987)
Starring as Peter Bradford
Spenser: For Hire (1985)
Starring as Spenser (2 episodes)
Mistral's Daughter (1984)
Starring as Jason Darcy
Princess Daisy (1983)
Starring as Patrick Shannon
  • Episode 1x02: Part 2 (Nov 7, 1983)
Cheers (1982)
Guest starring as Robert Urich
Vega$ (1978)
Starring as Dan Tanna (68 episodes)
The Love Boat (1977)
Guest starring as Larry Hartman
Guest starring as Jeff Smith
Guest starring as Scott Desmond
Soap (1977)
Tabitha (1977)
Starring as Paul Thurston (12 episodes)
Battle of the Network Stars (1976)
Guest starring as Robert Urich
Charlie's Angels (1976)
Guest starring as Dan Tanna (2 episodes)
S.W.A.T. (1975)
Starring as Officer Jim Street (37 episodes)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)
Guest starring as Co-Host
Gunsmoke (1955)
Guest starring as Manolo Etchahoun
  • Episode 20x23: Manolo (Mar 17, 1975)
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