Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, I Spy | 1965
I Spy broke new ground in that it was the first American television drama to feature a Black actor (Cosby) in a lead role. Originally an older actor was slated to play a fatherly mentor to Culp’s “Kelly Robinson.” But after seeing Cosby performing stand-up comedy on a talk-show, Sheldon Leonard decided to take a chance on hiring him to play opposite Culp. The concept was changed from a mentor-protégé relationship to same-age partners who were equals. It was also notable that Cosby’s race was never an issue in any of the stories. Nor was his character in any way subservient to Culp’s, with the exception that Culp’s “Kelly Robinson” was a more experienced agent. (Culp revealed in his audio commentary on the DVD release that he and Cosby agreed early on that “Our statement is a non-statement” regarding race, and the subject was never discussed again.) As a strait-laced Rhodes scholar fluent in many languages, Cosby’s “Scotty” was really the brains of the team. His partner (Culp) was the athlete and playboy who lived by his wits.
Today In History
‘Redd Foxx, entertainer famous for his role as “Fred Sanford,” from the television sitcom ‘Sanford & Son,’ was born in St. Louis, MO, on this date December9, 1922. Interestingly, his birth name was John Elroy Sanford.’
(photo: Redd Foxx)
- CARTER Magazine
I hate how hard it is to find things of Garret from SNL on tumblr.
Garrett Morris as Tina Turner, the funniest thing i’ve seen him do! Gilda in the backround there as mr mike.