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Robert Michael Urich was born on 19 December 1946, in Toronto, Ohio USA, to Cecilia and John Urich, of Rusyn and Slovak descent. He was an actor and television producer, best known for his role as Dan Tanna in the television series “Vega$”. He passed away in 2002.

So just how rich was Robert Urich? According to sources, Urich had accumulated a fortune of over $3 million, earned during his acting career which spanned over 30 years.

Robert Urich Net Worth $3 million

Urich grew up in Toronto, but attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, on a football scholarship, obtaining his BA in Radio and Television Communications. He later earned an MA in Broadcast Research and Management from Michigan State University. After completing his education, Urich began working at Chicago’s WGN-radio as a sales account representative, and briefly appeared as a weatherman, establishing his net worth.

His acting career started in the early ’70s, appearing in a production of “The Rainmaker”, after which he moved to Los Angeles. He made his foray into television with a guest starring role in the series “The F.B.I” in 1972, then the following year he landed a lead part in the short-lived comedy series “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”, and went on to land his first film part, playing a police officer in the Clint Eastwood action thriller “Mangum Force”. Paving his way to recognition and fame, Urich’s net worth began to increase.

In 1975 he got his first major TV role, playing Officer Jim Street in the ABC action/crime drama series “S.W.A.T.” until the show’s cancellation in the following year, but gaining a decent amount of recognition and improving his wealth. By the end of the decade he had appeared in series including “Soap”, “Tabitha” and “The Love Boat”, and in a few TV films. In particular, in 1978 Urich was cast as private detective Dan Tanna in the ABC detective television drama series “Vega$”, which quickly became a hit, enabling Urich to gain huge popularity, earning him two Golden Globe Award nominations. He remained on the show for three seasons, until its cancellation in 1981. The role of Tanna has remained his best remembered one, and it significantly added to Urich’s net worth.

Work continued to flow in steadily in the ’80s. Aside from starring in the series “Spenser: For Hire” and “Gavilan”, he also had starring roles in the films “The Ice Pirates”, “Invitation to Hell” and “Turk 182”, and appeared in numerous television films. All contributed to his wealth.

The ’90s saw the actor further collecting praises for his television roles, such as those in the series “American Dreamer”, “Crossroads” and “It Had to Be You”, as well as in the TV films “Stranger at My Door” and “Deadly Relations”. In 1986 he starred in the TNT western series “The Lazarus Man”. However, the show was canceled after one season, as Urich announced that he had been diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer.

However, after beating cancer the actor successfully returned to television in the following year, hosting the medical reality series “Vital Signs”, and in 1998 he starred in the series “Love Boat: The Next Wave”, reinforcing his reputation of a true star and improving his fortune.

Urich went on to make his Broadway debut in 2000, playing Billy Flynn in the musical “Chicago”. The following year saw him starring in the sitcom “Emeril”, after which he appeared in a few TV films.

In his private life, Urich was married twice, firstly to actress Barbara Rucker (1968-74), then in 1975 he married actress Heather Menzies, with whom he adopted three children, and with whom he remained until his death, after the cancer returned and he passed away in 2002, aged 55.

The actor was involved in philanthropy. Along with his wife, he raised money for the Eccles Performing Arts Centers at the Park City High School in Utah, which later launched the Robert Urich Scholarship fund in his honor. The couple also formed the Robert and Heather Urich Fund for Sarcoma Research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Quick Facts

Birth date: December 19, 1946
Birth place: Toronto, Ohio, United States
Death date: April 16, 2002, Thousand Oaks, California, United States
Height:1.88 m
Profession:Actor
Education:Florida State University, Michigan State University
Nationality:American
Spouse:Heather Menzies (m. 1975–2002), Barbara Rucker (m. 1968–1974)
Children:Ryan Urich, Emily Urich, Allison Grady Urich
Parents:John Paul Urich, Cecilia Monica
Siblings:Tom Urich
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Inducted into the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame in 2002.
2During his Spenser: For Hire (1985) series, Urich had a special agreement with the execs to fly out of state (from Boston, MA to the West Coast) when needed for his older daughter's medical treatments.
3Has two grandchildren Michelle (born 2004) and Lana (born 2005)
4Uncle of actor Justin Urich
5His final film, Night of the Wolf (2002) aired on Animal Planet the same day that he died.
6Graduated from Michigan State University in 1971 with a masters degree in Broadcast Research and Management.
7Attended Florida State University on a four-year football scholarship where he earned his undergraduate degree in Radio and Television Communications in 1968.
8Graduated from Toronto High School in Toronto, Ohio in 1964.
9Holds the record for having the most series-regular roles on TV: 13. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1973), S.W.A.T. (1975), Soap (1977), Tabitha (1976), Vega$ (1978), Gavilan (1982), Spenser: For Hire (1985), American Dreamer (1990) Crossroads (1992) It Had to Be You (1993), The Lazarus Man (1996), Love Boat: The Next Wave (1998), and Emeril (2000).
10National spokesman for the American Cancer Society in 1998.
11He was from Toronto, Ohio; his wife was from Toronto, Ontario!
12Wife Heather Menzies-Urich played blonde Louisa, one of the Von Trapp children, in the film version of The Sound of Music (1965).
13In 1992, he won a CableACE Award as Informational Host for National Geographic Explorer (1985) and a News and Documentary Emmy award as narrator for National Geographic Explorer: U-Boats: Terror on Our Shores (1991) (1992).
14Recipient of the Gilda Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
15Spent latter years devoted to cancer research and education, and he and wife established the Heather and Robert Urich Fund for Sarcoma Research at the University of Michigan.
16Graduated from Florida State University in 1967 or 1968
17Member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
18Is of Slovakian heritage.
19Younger brother of Tom Urich.
20Son: Ryan Urich, 1979. Daughter: Emily, 1980.
21Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University 1968, Master of Arts from Michigan State University in Communications
22Daughter with wife Heather Menzies-Urich, Allison Grady, born. [April 1998]
23He sued Castle Rock Television for $1.47 million (the amount he would have received for the second season of his TV series The Lazarus Man (1996)) on April 11, 2000, saying Castle Rock canceled the show because he had cancer. He alleged he did not receive payments from the company. Apparently Urich and his production company entered into an agreement with Castle Rock in 1995 for Urich to act in the "Lazarus Man" pilot. Under the deal he was to be paid $70,000 per episode for the first season and $73,000 an episode the second season. In July 1996 he informed Castle Rock that he had cancer and would have to undergo treatment, but the suit said at no time was Urich unable to perform his duties. Castle Rock terminated the agreement a month later.Urich underwent chemotherapy, radiation treatments and two operations in the mid-1990s to seemingly successfully fight synovial cell sarcoma, a rare cancer that attacks the joints.


Quotes

#Quote
1I think my longevity has a lot to do with where I come from -- a blue-collar town in Ohio -- and how I was raised: to work hard and respect other folks.
2I know it sounds hokey but I think, ultimately, on television you can't hide who you are. It is why people are always coming up to me, not to talk about my shows but about their families, their pets. They obviously feel comfortable with me.
3"Charge forward with hope and get the best medical advice you can. Talk to your friends, neighbors, family, and together you attack it. We can't always control what happens to us, but we can always control how we react to it." (Wisconsin speech, 2001)


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1995Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionAwarded on December 12, 1995 at 7083 Hollywood Blvd.
1993CableACECableACE AwardsMagazine HostNational Geographic Explorer (1985)
1980Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Male TV Star (TV-Star m)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994CableACECableACE AwardsMagazine HostNational Geographic Explorer (1985)
1986Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorTurk 182! (1985)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaVega$ (1978)
1980Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Television Series - DramaVega$ (1978)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1981Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Male TV Star (TV-Star m)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Aftermath2003TV MovieJack
Night of the Wolf2002TV MoviePurly Owens
Clover Bend2002Bill
The President's Man: A Line in the Sand2002TV MoviePresident Adam Mayfield
Late Boomers2001TV MovieDennis
Emeril2001TV SeriesJerry McKenney
First Years2001TV Series
For Love of Olivia2001TV MovieHorton Roundtree
Miracle on the 17th Green1999TV MovieMitch McKinley
Final Run1999TV MovieGlen 'Lucky' Singer
Love Boat: The Next Wave1998-1999TV SeriesCaptain Jim Kennedy III / Capt. Jim Kennedy / Captain Jim Kennedy
Invasion America1998TV SeriesBriggs
Boatworks1997TV SeriesHost
Final Descent1997TV MovieCapt. Glen (Lucky) Singer
The Nanny1997TV SeriesJudge Jerry Moran
Vital Signs1997TV SeriesHost
The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue1996TV MovieAngus Feagan
The Lazarus Man1996TV SeriesLazarus (James Cathcart)
Captains Courageous1996TV MovieCapt. Matthew Troop
Spenser: A Savage Place1995TV MovieSpenser
Young Again1995Michael Riley, Age 40
She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal1995TV MovieAdm. Williams
A Horse for Danny1995TV MovieEddie Fortuna
Spenser: The Judas Goat1994TV MovieSpenser
A Perfect Stranger1994TV MovieAlex Hale
To Save the Children1994TV MovieJake Downey
Jock: A True Tale of Friendship1994Rocky Mountain Jack
Spenser: Pale Kings and Princes1994TV MovieSpenser
Spenser: Ceremony1993TV MovieSpenser
Crossroads1992-1993TV SeriesJohnny Hawkins
Deadly Relations1993TV MovieLeonard J. Fagot
Evening Shade1993TV SeriesSteve
It Had to Be You1993TV SeriesMitch Quinn
Revolver1992TV MovieNick Suster
Double Edge1992TV MovieHarry Carter
Blind Man's Bluff1992TV MovieThomas Booker
Survive the Savage Sea1992TV MovieJack Carpenter
...And Then She Was Gone1991TV MovieJack Bauer
Stranger at My Door1991TV MovieJoe Fortier
American Dreamer1990-1991TV SeriesTom Nash
Carol & Company1990TV SeriesMr. Carmen / Bobby
83 Hours 'Til Dawn1990TV MovieBradley Burdock
A Quiet Little Neighborhood, a Perfect Little Murder1990TV MovieRoss Pegler
Blind Faith1990TV Mini-SeriesRob Marshall
Spooner1989TV MovieHarry Spooner / Michael Norlon
Night Walk1989TV MovieSimon
Long zai tian ya1989Airport Police
Murder by Night1989TV MovieAllan Strong
Lonesome Dove1989TV Mini-SeriesJake Spoon
She Knows Too Much1989TV MovieHarry
The Comeback1989TV MovieScotty Malloy
Spenser: For Hire1985-1988TV SeriesSpenser
April Morning1988TV MovieJoseph Simmons
Amerika1987TV Mini-SeriesPeter Bradford
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1986TV SeriesMichael Riley, Age 40
The Defiant Ones1986TV MovieJohnny 'Joker' Johnson
Turk 182!1985Terry Lynch
Scandal Sheet1985TV MovieBen Rowan
His Mistress1984TV MovieAllen Beck
Mistral's Daughter1984TV Mini-SeriesJason Darcy
Invitation to Hell1984TV MovieMatt Winslow
The Ice Pirates1984Jason
Princess Daisy1983TV MoviePatrick Shannon
Gavilan1982-1983TV SeriesRobert Gavilan
Take Your Best Shot1982TV MovieJess Marriner
Endangered Species1982Ruben Castle
Killing at Hell's Gate1981TV MovieCharles Duke
Vega$1978-1981TV SeriesDan Tanna
Fighting Back: The Story of Rocky Bleier1980TV MovieRocky Bleier
The Shadow Box1980TV Movie uncredited
Bob Hope in the Starmakers1980TV MovieAce Robbins
When She Was Bad...1979TV MovieBob Morgan
The Love Boat1977-1978TV SeriesLarry Hartman / Scott Desmond / Jeff Smith
Charlie's Angels1978TV SeriesDan Tana
Leave Yesterday Behind1978TV MovieDavid Lyle
Tabitha1977-1978TV SeriesPaul Thurston
Bunco1977TV MovieWalker
Soap1977TV SeriesPeter 'The Tennis Player'
S.W.A.T.1975-1976TV SeriesOfficer Jim Street
Gunsmoke1975TV SeriesManolo Etchahoun
The Specialists1975TV MovieDr. William Nugent (as Robert York)
Nakia1974TV Series
Killdozer1974TV MovieMack McCarthy
Magnum Force1973Grimes
Marcus Welby, M.D.1973TV SeriesMike Lowry
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1973TV SeriesGavin Cord
Kung Fu1973TV SeriesGreg Dundee
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice1973TV SeriesBob Sanders
The F.B.I.1972TV SeriesDavie Stroud

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Miracle on the 17th Green1999TV Movie executive producer
Spenser: Pale Kings and Princes1994TV Movie co-executive producer
Blind Man's Bluff1992TV Movie co-producer
The Defiant Ones1986TV Movie co-producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Emeril2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Merry Christmas from the Grand Ole Opry1979TV Movie performer: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vega$1980TV Series story - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Close Call: Cheating Death1996TV Movie documentary narrator

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dirty Harry: The Original2001Video documentary shortHimself / Host
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2001TV SeriesHimself
The Ultimate Auction2000TV MovieHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996-2000TV SeriesHimself
Building Pyramids1999TV Movie documentaryHost / Narrator
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998TV SeriesHimself
Death Rituals1997TV Movie documentaryHimself / Host
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1997TV SeriesHimself
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
When Animals Attack 31997TV Movie documentaryHimself
When Animals Attack!1996TV SpecialHost
When Animals Attack 21996TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Hidden Secrets of Magic1996TV MovieHimself - Host
Live with Kelly and Michael1996TV SeriesHimself
Alien Encounters from New Tomorrowland1995TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
Todays Health1994TV SeriesHimself - Host
National Geographic Explorer1994TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
The World's Greatest Magic1994TV SpecialHost
Cuba's Lost Treasure1993TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
A Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World1993TV SpecialHost
Late Show with David Letterman1993TV SeriesHimself
The 14th Annual CableACE Awards1993TV Special
The Bat, the Cat, and the Penguin1992TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Favourite New Television Dramatic Series
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1990TV MovieHimself
Circus of the Stars #151990TV Special documentaryHimself - Ringmaster
The Pat Sajak Show1990TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1989TV MovieHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Cheers1988TV SeriesHimself
The ABC All-Star Spectacular1985TV MovieHimself - Actor
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1985TV SeriesHimself
The Funniest Joke I Ever Heard1984TV MovieHimself - Host
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous1984TV Series documentaryHimself
Breakaway1984TV SeriesHimself
Hour Magazine1980-1983TV SeriesHimself
The Rodney Dangerfield Special: I Can't Take It No More1983TV MovieHimself / Various
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards1983TV SpecialHimself
Tom Cottle: Up Close1983TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1982TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live1982TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various
The 24th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1982TV SpecialHimself
The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour1982TV SeriesHimself - Guest
All-Star Comedy Birthday Party from West Point1981TV SpecialHimself
Battle of the Network Stars X1981TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team Captain
Sixty Years of Seduction1981TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Merv Griffin Show1977-1981TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards1981TV SpecialHimself
Bob Hope's 30th Anniversary Special1981TV SpecialHimself
Bob Hope for President1980TV Special
The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards1980TV SpecialHimself
A Christmas Special... With Love, Mac Davis1979TV MovieHimself
Merry Christmas from the Grand Ole Opry1979TV MovieHimself - Host
The Mike Douglas Show1978-1979TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Actor
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series & Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The Television Annual: 1978/19791979TV Movie documentaryHimself
Battle of the Network Stars VI1979TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team
Password Plus1979TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Paul Lynde at the Movies1979TV SpecialHimself
The 5th Annual People's Choice Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite New Television Drama Series and Nominee: Favourite Male Performer in New TV Show
Everyday1979TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars V1978TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team
The Alan Hamel Show1977-1978TV SeriesHimself
Get Rich Quick!1977TV MovieHimself - Panelist
The Cross-Wits1976-1977TV SeriesHimself
The Riddlers1977TV SpecialHimself
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
Showoffs1975TV SeriesHimself
Match Game 731975TV SeriesHimself - Panelist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesOfficer Jim Street
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
Soap1978TV SeriesPeter 'The Tennis Player'

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