June 3, 1997
Actor Robert Urich will be honored at John Wayne Cancer Institute Chapter II's "Casino Night," Friday at 7 p.m. at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. "We selected Mr. Urich because of the candor and courage he has shown in sharing his own experience with cancer," said Sara Essner, an event chairperson. Tickets are $60. Information: (310) 315-6183.
February 27, 1997 |
Robert Urich, the never-ruffled tough-guy star of "Vega$" and "Spenser: For Hire," has long played characters who are up to the task no matter how daunting. In his personal life, too, he's demonstrated resilience, bouncing back no matter how many times his TV shows have been canceled, shouldering responsibilities and creating a luxurious life for his family. Then, last summer, a growth in his groin, initially thought to be nothing more than an annoyance, turned out to be cancer.
October 2, 1993
Re "Robert Urich: Television's Ever Ready Actor" (Sept. 15): How many chances does Urich get? As many as his batting average earns him. So he has starred in 10 TV series. Ten times in Urich's career, a network has chosen his series over all the others vying for that spot on the schedule. How many people can make this statement? Urich arrives on time--whether it be a Hollywood sound stage or a freezing corner in Boston in January--fully prepared and with a thoughtful and interesting approach to the scene at hand, whether it be light comedy or heavy drama.
September 15, 1993 |
When "It Had to Be You" premieres on CBS Sunday, most of the attention will be focused on Faye Dunaway and her decision to join the ranks of film stars turning to series television for career lifts. But perhaps the real focus should be on Dunaway's co-star in the series, Robert Urich. How many chances does this guy get? "It Had to Be You" is Urich's 10th TV series, despite the fact that none of the previous nine has been a major hit.
April 18, 1992 |
"Revolver" (at 9 p.m. Sunday on NBC, Channels 4, 36 and 39) is that common type of action movie, often involving drugs and international smuggling, in which you find yourself plodding through such a thicket of convoluted plotting that the experience is vaguely exhausting. To compound the matter, too many characters, mostly actors from Spain (the movie was shot entirely on location in Barcelona) who speak in fuzzy accents. The compensating factor, nominally speaking, is the flavor of Barcelona.
February 5, 1990 |
No more Mr. Nice Guy for Robert Urich--not in the miniseries "Blind Faith." Urich is convincing and disturbing as Rob Marshall, one of those men neighbors see as a model husband and father--until his wife is killed, and he is suspected of having arranged the hit. "Blind Faith," which airs on NBC next Sunday and the following Tuesday, is based on the bestseller by Joe McGinniss, whose "Fatal Vision" did well for NBC in miniseries treatment.