Julie, Bobby Have Houseful

SHERMAN OAKS --- The pitty-patter of little feet around the Bobby Troup home in Encino (Calif.) never seems to stop.

Co-star of the Emergency series, Troup is a guy who has done just about everything.

He’s been a songwriter, singer, painter, musician and actor to name a few. Additionally, he shoots a real mean game of golf.

But more than anything else, Troup is a father --- a good father.

And like all good fathers, when he’s talking about the younger Troups you get the idea it’s something he enjoys doing.

Troup is married to the beautiful Julie London, who also co-stars in the National Broadcasting Company Saturday night show, and when all the Troups are mustered there’s quite a house full.

“When Julie and I start counting heads,” Troup said, flashing a warm smile, “it adds up to lucky seven.”

Troup pointed out that both he and Julie have two children from previous marriages, as well as three from their own marriage.

Something all the Troups like to boast about happened a few weeks back when the entire family got together on the set for a reunion.

“Five of us were involved with making this particular segment (Saddled),” Troup added.

“Our 10-year-old daughter, Kelly, made her debut in the episode,” he said. “She plays the victim of a bus crash.

“Then my second daughter, Ronne, who was Polly in the My Three Sons series, was a young girl who suffered a bottle burst in her face,” Troup continued.

“And Cynnie, my oldest daughter, is the script girl for the series,” he said.

While the episode was being filmed at Universal Studios, four others --- twin sons, Jody and Reese, and Julie’s two daughters, Stacy and Lisa, by her marriage to Jack Webb --- showed up.

“With our various homes being so far apart,” Troup’s second daughter, Ronne, suggested, “this is the first time in ages I can remember all of us being together at the same time. It’s lovely!”

Troup gives his kids lots of credit, and does not hesitate in showing his affection for them.

“They aren’t star struck,” he offered, “and they work real hard . . . Julie and I are both very proud of them. They are all good kids, and we love them very much.”

In almost the same breath, Troup gives the kids in general, credit for the success of the show.

“We are up against Archie Bunker,” he revealed. “That alone takes lots of guts. But while the adults may like All In The Family, the kids seem to watch our show more.”

Emergency would appeal to the youthful viewers. In addition to being built around the combined operations of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s paramedic program and the emergency medical services of the county’s department of hospitals, the show has a pair of very promising young actors in Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe.

“Randy is fast turning into a teenage idol,” Troup said. “And Kevin is a good actor. The kids have begun to recognize both of them on the streets. That’s a good sign.”

Convinced the Emergency series will have a long run, Troup said he was pleased with his role as Dr. Joe Early, a wealthy neurosurgeon.

“I like the character I play.” he said, “because it is a contrast with the character Robert Fuller plays on the show.”

“Bob plays a hard-charging, stubborn Dr. Kelly Brackett,” Troup added, “while my character is more of an easy-going nature. I believe they compliment each other.

Emergency isn’t Bobby Troup’s first shot at a television series. He did a show called Acapulco with James Coburn and Ralph Taeger.

Acapulco, however was a show in trouble from the start. It began as a series named Klondike. Big things had been expected of the show, but it lasted only one season.

Troup is probably better known for his song writing than for his acting. He has written more than 150 songs.


Bobby Troup talks about his and Julie’s children and Emercency!

The Evening News - Newburgh, NY

Saturday - November 4, 1972

By Jimmy Johnson

Gannett News Service


. . . in scene from television’s “Emergency”