The Greatest American Sidekick

Actor Robert Culp passed away yesterday at the age of 79.  Many folks from the Baby Boom generation and earlier likely remember him most for teaming up with Bill Cosby in the 1960s television show I Spy.  Perhaps younger generations remember him as the father of Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond.  I think I’m not alone, though, among Generation Xers in remembering him as William Katt’s sidekick, Bill Maxwell, in the early 1980s television show The Greatest American Hero.  The show also produced Joey Scarbury’s only hit song — “Theme from Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not),” which peaked at Number 2 in August 1981, and can be heard above.

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  1. Marc says:

    Great post Ray! I was truly saddened by the loss of Robert Culp. I have been hoping for a big screen adaption of the series and I always could see cameos by the original cast.

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