Robert Wesley Troup, Jr., (Bobby Troup) who was best known as Dr. Joe Early in the TV Emergency was born on October 18, 1918 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

His family owned the J A Troup Music House stores in Harrisburg and Lancaster. Troup's father played the piano and music was a big part of his young life. While attending the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the Mask & Wig show that has been a tradition of the school since 1881. Daddy was written for the play by him in 1941.

After graduating from the Pennsylvania Wharton Business School, he enlisted in the Marines. When he was not called for duty right away, he went to New York and worked for Tommy Dorsey as a writer. After Pearl Harbor, Bobby was sent to Officer Training School in the Marine Corps. He was sent to Saipan as a Captain. and while there, did a lot of thinking about song writing. When he returned, he told his mother that he wanted to try to become a song writer. He bought a 1941 Buick with his first royalty check from his song Daddy. At that time, New York and California were the places for song writers to be.

He said he would give himself two years to make it and headed off to Los Angeles, California, writing half of the song Route 66 in the car along the way. The song was formally recorded on March 16, 1946. He also noted that a lot of his songs were written while he was in cars. His idol was Nat King Cole, and when he heard Troup's songs, he loved them. Troup's songs have been recorded by many artists throughout the years, including Julie London. The song Meaning of the Blues was written for London, along with several others. Troup also wrote the title song for Man of the West which starred Julie London and Gary Cooper in 1958. Troup recorded six albums. One of Troup's favorite movies he enjoyed doing was The High Cost of Loving (1958).

Troup was married to his first wife and had two children, Cynnie & Ronne.

His move into movies and TV shows was the result of studios getting actors to act as singers and musicians, and Troup was asked to be involved since he really knew what he was doing. He played those parts in many shows, and was great at being himself at the piano.

Troup married actress/singer Julie London on New Years Eve 1959 and became step-father to her children, Stacy & Lisa, from her previous marriage to Jack Webb. They couple then had children Kelly, Jody & Reese.

Troup performed at the Tropicana with London in 19700.

As for Emergency!, Jack Webb knew him and liked him, and thought he would be good in the show as Dr. Early. They had London cast as Dixie and thought it would be nice to have her husband, Troup in there also. Troup once said working on Emergency! was one of the happiest experiences of his life. Everyone got along just great, no petty jealousy, and all were like one big family on there. One of his favorite scenes was with a small child in the examine room (They took turns listening to each other's hearts.)

Troup acted in The Rebels, The (1979) (mini) TV Series as Sam Gill; Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover (1977) (TV) as Paul Mizener (aka Benny and Barney, the Aristocrats (1977) (TV) (USA) aka Las Vegas Undercover (1977) (TV) ; Emergency! (1972) TV Series as Dr. Joe Early (aka Emergencia - Spanish title, aka Emergency One (1972) - syndication title); MASH (1970) as Staff Sergeant Gorman (aka M*A*S*H); Number One (1969) as Harvey Hess; First to Fight (1967) as Lieutenant Overman; Dragnet 1966 (1966) (TV) as George Freeman (aka World Premiere: Dragnet - promotional title); Acapulco (1961) TV Series as Bobby; The Five Pennies (1959) as Arthur Schutt; The Gene Krupa Story (1959) as Tommy Dorsey (aka Drum Crazy (1959) (UK)); Stars of Jazz (1958) TV Series as Host; The High Cost of Loving (1958) as Steve Hayward; Bop Girl Goes Calypso (1957) as Robert Hilton (aka Bop Girl); Musical Chairs (1955) TV Series as Panelist Mr. Imperium; and Duchess of Idaho (1950) as Band Member-Singer.

Troup had the following guest appearances: Simon & Simon (1981); Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977); Tattletales (1974); Adam-12 (1968); Princess and the Pig; Mannix (1967); Dragnet 1967; Mannix (1967); The Big Valley (1965); Perry Mason (1957); Vacation Playhouse (1963); and Rawhide (1959).

Troup was the composer for Acapulco (1961) TV Series; Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? aka Oh! For A Man! (1957) (song You Got It Made); The Great Man (1956) (song The Meaning of the Blues); Rock, Pretty Baby (1956); Smart Politics (1948); Two Latins from Manhattan (1941) (song Daddy), and the Alma Matter for a Pinecrest Schools in Southern California.

In 1972, daughter Kelly appeared on Emergency! playing Debbi in the episode entitled Saddled.

In 1989, daughter Kelly was the costume designer for the movie Cutting Class.

Daughter Ronne appeared in Knots Landing (1979) TV Series as Barbara (1987-1988, 1990); High Risk (1976) (TV) as Daisy; Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return, The (1975) (TV) as Ada; My Three Sons (1960) TV Series as Polly Williams Douglas (1970-1972); Banana Splits Adventure Hour, The (1968) TV Series as Leslie Haydn and The Trouble with Angels (1966) as Helen. She had guest appearances in The Practice; Trench Work; ER; Highway to Heaven; Goodbye, Mr. Zelinka; Crazy Like a Fox; Alone; Adam-12; S.W.A.T.; Cannon; The Deadly Trail; Each Day A Miracle; Emergency! (1972) playing Pam in episode: Body Language The Partridge Family; Emergency! (1972) playing Lisa Hill in episode: Saddled; Emergency! (1972) playing Judy in episode: Crash; Log 16: A Child in Danger; and Family Affair.

Troup died on February 7, 1999 from congestive heart failure at Sherman Oaks, California. People in attendance at his memorial included Page Cavanaugh and his trio, Jack Sheldon, Rosemary Clooney who flew in from Colorado to honor him with a version of My Buddy, Kent McCord and Kevin Tighe who shared their memores on Emergency, Ray Evans, and Jack Segal who recalled Bobby's love of songwriting and songs, and representatives of the Montford Point Marines.

During Troup's memorial service, a member of the Marines stated that Captain Troup was the first white officer to be given command of an all black unit in Jackson, North Carolina. When Troup came in, the men were living in tents, with filthy latrine conditions, and nothing anywhere to relieve the stress of their condition. (This was in the days where a black in Jackson had to cross the street or literally stand in the gutter while a white walked by). Captain Troup took a haul ass attitude, and with the help of the men, created Quonset huts, new latrines, a nightclub, a basketball court and team, a boxing ring, a jazz band, an orchestra, and he somehow manuvered a friend to come and install a miniature golf course. Soon, the other white units, who had given an intolerable time to the unit before Troup's arrival, suddenly wanted to come and hang out in their area. Those who spoke said that Troup didn't recognize color, only soul.

Troup is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in the Columbarium of Providence.