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April 17, 2002 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Urich, the personable actor best known for his tough-guy TV roles as Las Vegas private detective Dan Tana on "Vega$" and as Robert Parker's sophisticated Boston private investigator in "Spenser: For Hire," died Tuesday morning of cancer. He was 55. Urich, whose career spanned 30 years, died at the Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, said his publicist, Cindy Guagenti. His wife of 28 years, actress Heather Menzies, and his three children were with him at the time.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2002 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Urich, the personable actor best known for his tough-guy TV roles as Las Vegas private detective Dan Tana on "Vega$" and as Robert Parker's sophisticated Boston private investigator in "Spenser: For Hire," died Tuesday morning of cancer. He was 55. Urich, whose career spanned 30 years, died at the Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, said his publicist, Cindy Guagenti. His wife of 28 years, actress Heather Menzies, and his three children were with him at the time.
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September 15, 1993 | MICHELE WILLENS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back in 1977, Robert Urich made his first of three guest stints on the kitschy old ABC series "The Love Boat." "I have a cheap silver tray that's starting to tarnish now that says, 'Bon Voyage. The Love Boat. 1978,' " Urich recalls. "They used to give them out as gifts." More than two decades later, Urich finds himself starring as the skipper of the luxury liner Sun Princess on UPN's updated version of the 1977-86 series, "Love Boat: The Next Wave."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 1997 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 1986
Robert Urich, who stars in ABC's"Spenser: For Hire," has been named to the board of regents of Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Urich has a BA from Florida State University and an MA from Michigan StateUniversity. He became involved with Catholic University while appearing on stage at the Kennedy Center in "The Hasty Heart,", with his wife, actress Heather Menzies.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 1992 | RAY LOYND
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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 $60. Information: (310) 315-6183.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 1997 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Urich, the never-ruffled tough-guy star of "Vega$" 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 1993 | MICHELE WILLENS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 1992 | RAY LOYND
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 1990 | From United Press International
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 1989 | RAY LOYND
Stories about amnesia victims enjoy a certain cachet among devotees of psychological thrillers. It's hard to botch one up no matter how surreal it may be. "Murder by Night," airing tonight at 9 p.m. on cable's USA Network, is not exactly botched, but its payoff is sure to elicit a groan of disbelief.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back in 1977, Robert Urich made his first of three guest stints on the kitschy old ABC series "The Love Boat." "I have a cheap silver tray that's starting to tarnish now that says, 'Bon Voyage. The Love Boat. 1978,' " Urich recalls. "They used to give them out as gifts." More than two decades later, Urich finds himself starring as the skipper of the luxury liner Sun Princess on UPN's updated version of the 1977-86 series, "Love Boat: The Next Wave."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 1989 | RAY LOYND
Stories about amnesia victims enjoy a certain cachet among devotees of psychological thrillers. It's hard to botch one up no matter how surreal it may be. "Murder by Night," airing tonight at 9 p.m. on cable's USA Network, is not exactly botched, but its payoff is sure to elicit a groan of disbelief.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 1986
Robert Urich, who stars in ABC's"Spenser: For Hire," has been named to the board of regents of Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Urich has a BA from Florida State University and an MA from Michigan StateUniversity. He became involved with Catholic University while appearing on stage at the Kennedy Center in "The Hasty Heart,", with his wife, actress Heather Menzies.
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