Robert Urich (December 19, 1946 – April 16, 2002) was an Emmy-winning actor. He was born in Toronto, Ohio. He is best known for playing private investigators on the television series Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988) and Vega$ (1978–1981). He also acted in many other television series over the years including: S.W.A.T. (1975), Soap (1977) and The Lazarus Man (1996).