Robert Urich's Son Ryan Is All Grown Up And Discusses How His Dad Inspired Him

December 27, 2019

A true bond between father and son! The Urich family was quite famous many years ago and today, Ryan is nothing but proud of his legacy.

Double tragedy

Ryan Urich was one of actor Robert Urich and Heather Menzies Urich's three children. They all lost both their parents to cancer 15 years apart.

In 2002, the world learned the heartbreaking news that actor Robert Urich has passed away. Guardian reported that he was diagnosed with a rare condition known as synovial cell sarcoma, a type of cancer that affects the joints. Robert died at the age of 55.

In 2017, Robert's widow, Heather Menzies Urich, famously known for her role in the 1965 film, Sound of Music as Louisa von Trapp, passed away, also due to cancer. Heather died on Christmas Eve, Ryan told Variety. He described his mother as a woman who lived life to the fullest and shared that she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

These two losses must have hit the family pretty hard. And over the years, people have wondered how everyone is doing, especially Heather and Ryan Ulrich's children.

Meet the handsome Ryan

41-year-old Ryan Urich gave a rare interview with Closer Weekly where he discussed who his father was and how he raised them. He told the publication that acting was Robert's passion and even when he was ill, he never let up.

Ryan, who's now a medical doctor, revealed that Robert was actually diagnosed with cancer three times. The actor had to undergo so much surgery, chemo and, radiation, all of which took its toll on him.

Dr. Ryan Urich said that his father's health problems were one of the things that inspired him to become a doctor.

I went into medicine because I couldn’t help my dad medically, but maybe I can help someone else.

He revealed that his sister, Emily is an ER nurse and they both continue to honor their parents' memory through The Urich Foundation, a cancer charity. Ryan said:

[My father] lives on through his children.

Other trivia about Ryan Urich

Want to learn more about this handsome man, here are a few facts to know, according to his bio,

  1. He was a student at Ross University Medical School.
  2. Ryan, his sisters Emily and Allison were all adopted.
  3. He was born on Christmas Day in 1978.
  4. He did take a stab at acting. He was credited in The Killer Within Me and Night Walk.
  5. Ryan is also the legendary actor Tom Urich's nephew.

Robert Urich was a talented and successful actor whose passion for his craft had him hard at work until the very end. We can see that Ryan inherited his father's work ethic even though it's in a different field. And in his own way, this young man is doing all he can to help people while keeping his dad's legacy alive. It's good to know Ryan is doing great these days.

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