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Robert Culp says he saved Bill Cosby's career back when they were doing "I Spy" in the mid-1960s. Culp told TV Guide the show was almost canceled because Cosby was so bad but then he stepped in, rewrote some scripts to highlight Cosby and taught him how to act. "I taught Bill how to express emotions on stage," Culp says. "I know I did that even though I always seem to be nothing more than a footnote in all the stuff that's written about him. I'm still convinced I helped him become an American icon. Bill was not much of an actor when I met him and he struck me as the angriest man alive. He had this tremendous chip on his shoulder, as if the world owed him a living. Bill was filled with himself."