Actor Robert Urich dies

2002-04-16 13:05
Los Angeles - Emmy-winning actor Robert Urich best known for his starring roles in the TV series Soap and Spenser: For Hire, has died after battling cancer. He was 55.

Urich died on Tuesday morning at a hospital in Thousand Oaks surrounded by family members and friends, publicist Cindy Guagenti said.

Urich announced in 1996 that he was suffering from synovial cell sarcoma, a rare cancer that attacks the body's joints. The cancer went into remission after he underwent chemotherapy, radiation treatments and two operations.

Urich earned his first television role in the 1973 comedy series Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. He also appeared in the TV series S.W.A.T before being cast as Peter Campbell in Soap.

One of Urich's most recognisable roles came as private detective Dan Tanna in Vega$. He later starred in another detective series Spenser: For Hire, which was based on Robert Parker's novels.

More recently, Urich appeared in The Lazarus Man, and the brief NBC comedy Emeril. - Sapa-AP

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