And something for Karen ...
I always really enjoyed Wild, Wild West, too, Karen. So many of the truly great actors and character actors of the day appeared regularly on the TV shows of that era. But today, if a famous actor appears on a show - he or she is definitely the one "Who Done It" - a famous guest star is a dead give-away to who is the guilty party.
We've done lots of lists of guest stars who appeared on both I SPY and other contemporary 60s shows - like Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, and Man from U.N.C.L.E. Jimmy Mitchell (and Herbie?) did some 3 way lists, too. I recently did the one for Perry Mason, and I am pretty sure we have one for Trackdown, too.
You can find these through the Search box, if you are interested, but quickly
The Star Trek ones are introduced on
and continue on with 3 pages of photos and information on the dual guest stars at
- just follow on to the other pages at the bottom.
And for the Man from U.N.C.L.E. - we did an extensive multi-part Quiz with 100 guest stars that appeared on both shows. You can just search for I SPY/U.N.C.L.E. CROSSOVER QUIZ.
SO, I guess we need to add one for The Wild, Wild West.
Yes, I agree Ross Martin was a wonderful actor - right now ME-TV is running an ad mixing Artemis Gordon with his guest-starring role on Hawaii 50. Some of the THEN-NOW actor spots on ME-TV are very, very cute.
O.K. Here goes (with thanks to IMDB's extensive cast lists). These are just names I recognized going through the list very quickly. I am sure there are probably more.
I SPY & THE WILD, WILD WEST Guest Stars
Victor Buono - (his Count Carlos Manzeppi was wonderful)
Oscar Berengi Jr.
John Van Dreelan
Elisha Cook Jr.
Jose De Vega
Victor Sen Yung
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr.
and there were SO many other Wild, Wild West guest stars that Robert Culp co-starred with in many other productions and shows, like
Peter Mark Richman
Sammy Davis Jr.
Sue Ann Langdon
Harry Townes ... and many others ...
I have been known to say often that Our Man Culp has worked "with everyone out there twice ..." but I don't think he worked with Robert Conrad or Ross Martin, in any theatrical endeavors, at least none that come to mind. Does anyone know of anything?
Of course, there was that "Celebrity Tennis Game" ... :-)
All my best,
Tatia, this is so sweet of you! I had wondered about the celebrity tennis thing, as I knew Ross hosted several celebrity tournaments for charity back in the '70s. How nice to see that they did get together. Because Ross was a very quick-witted, funny, smart guy (with 3 academic degrees, he had to be the best-educated actor in Hollywood), I think he could have gotten along quite well with Mr. Culp. They met in 1963, when Culp was on Stump the Stars, where Ross was a regular that year. But AFAIK they never acted together.
Culp did work with Conrad once, in an episode of Conrad's series A Man Called Sloane, called "Seduction Squad." I haven't seen it, though I'd be happy to if I could find it.
With his command of foreign languages and accents, Ross would have been a natural guest star for I Spy, but he was tied up with WWW for the entire run. Conversely, Culp would have been right at home on WWW's Western sets (although, if he didn't like camp, no doubt he would have been unhappy with the script!).
Anyhow, I could go on and on, but I have to get to work. (See, you've been spared!)