He exploded on to the screen as one of the Vietnam War veterans in a Special Weapons and Tactics squad tackling violent disturbances and dangerous criminals in S. Born in Toronto, Ohio, in 1946, Urich excelled in sports at his high school and won a football scholarship to Florida State University, where he gained a BA in radio and television communications and hosted his own weekly television talk show.
He subsequently took an MA in broadcast research and management at Michigan State University.
Urich worked in Chicago as a radio station's sales account executive and a television weatherman while gaining acting experience in the city's theatres.
After playing Burt Reynolds's younger brother in a 1972 production of The Rainmaker, he was persuaded by Reynolds to move to Los Angeles. As Officer Jim Street, he was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department's special team of heavily armed officers trained to tackle violent criminals and headed by Lieutenant Dan "Hondo" Harrelson (Steve Forrest).
Urich died of the disease, synovial cell sarcoma, which affects a person's joints.
After his television series debut in the short-lived "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," Urich acted -- a five-line role that ended in a crash scene -- in "Magnum Force" opposite Clint Eastwood.
'If people really do work toward a common goal, nothing stops them.'""For Adrianne Aron, an insecure girl from St.
Louis who broke off from her parents when they wouldn't pay for her to go to college -- 'they said girls could get a husband as easily by staying home' -- her activism began when she heard Mario Savio, a charismatic leader of the Free Speech Movement, at UC Berkeley.
Robert Urich, the Emmy Award-winning actor best known for his television series roles as a detective, but who also showed a deft comedic touch, has died. Urich died Tuesday at a Los Angeles area hospital after a decadelong battle with cancer, his publicist said.
He was diagnosed with a rare cancer and became a vocal advocate for cancer research.
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