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Robert Culp Is Survived by 5 Grown-up Kids He Welcomed with 2 Wives — Inside His Family

Edduin Carvajal
Jun 29, 2021
06:50 A.M.
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Even though the late actor Robert Culp had five spouses throughout his life, he had children with only two. They are all adults trying to make a name for themselves.


Born in August 1930, Robert Culp’s on-screen credits go back to the early 50s when he appeared in “You Are There” and a couple of episodes of the “Studio One” anthology.

Throughout the years, Culp starred in very famous films and TV series, but his most memorable role was Kelly Robinson in “I Spy” opposite Bill Cosby and Kenneth Tobey.

Robert Culp circa 1968 | Photo: Getty Images



Culp and Cosby worked together in the racially groundbreaking show between 1965 and 1968. Culp's performance was so outstanding that he was nominated for three Emmys and one Golden Globe.

In 1969, Culp portrayed Bob, one of the sexually adventurous characters in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.” The last time we saw him in front of the cameras was in the 2010 film “The Assignment.”


Unfortunately, Culp passed away on March 24, 2010. He was 79. According to Los Angeles Police Lieutenant Robert Binder, a jogger found Culp on the floor outside his home after apparently falling and hitting his head.

He was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after. Doctors eventually revealed he had a heart attack, which probably caused the fall.



Following Robert Culp’s death, Cosby shared some details of their relationship, including that his “I Spy” co-star was like an older brother.

Cosby explained that the firstborn in every family keeps dreaming of the older sibling they don’t have to get protection and wisdom from. Culp was that to Cosby.

Bill Cosby on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania | Photo: Getty Images


He revealed that no matter how many mistakes he made while filming “I Spy,” Culp was always willing to teach and protect him. It is important to point out that Cosby was only seven years younger than Culp.

Robert Culp was survived by his wife Candance and five children. Although Culp and Candance had been together since 1981, she is not the mother of all of his kids.

Arguably the most famous son of Robert Culp is Joseph.



Throughout his life, the late actor was married five times. His first wife was Elayne Carroll, and they were together between 1951 and 1956.

One year after divorcing Carroll, Culp married actress Nancy Asch. The former couple had four children together, Joshua, Jason, Joseph, and Rachel. More on them later.


In 1967, only one year after Culp and Asch officially parted ways, he married “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” actress France Nuyen. They divorced in 1970 and had no kids.

Sheila Sullivan was Culp’s fourth spouse. They were together between 1971 and 1981. Robert Culp’s fifth wife, Candance, gave birth to the actor’s second daughter, Samantha. Candance and Culp married in 1981 and stayed together until his passing.


Speaking of his children, most of them have been living low-key lives. Joshua, the oldest, worked in the entertainment industry for about a decade in the visual effects department, but nothing much is known about him.

Jason also followed in his dad’s footsteps and became an actor. He’s best known as Jerry Pulaski in “Days of Our Lives” or Julian Jerome in “General Hospital.”


Arguably the most famous son of Robert Culp is Joseph. He is best known as Archie Whitman in “Mad Men” but has also appeared in “Apollo 13” and “Welcome to the Men’s Group.”

Rachel is the only family member not involved in showbiz. She is a clothing designer with over three decades of experience and some very famous clients, including Ringo Starr, Todd Rundgren, and more musicians.

Samantha is a freelance writer, producer, and filmmaker based in Los Angeles who married Matthew Specktor in January 2021.

She is best known for producing “The Confession Tapes” and “Exhibit A,” but she also worked in “The Dark Knight” and “Ugly Delicious.” With such a talented and hard-working family, Robert Culp would have been proud.


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