What happened to the cast of Lost In Space?

Danger Will Robinson (photo by cambodia4kidsorg - CC-BY)

Danger Will Robinson (photo by cambodia4kidsorg - CC-BY)

The Lost In Space TV series was screened from 1965 to 1968. It featured the Robinson family marooned in space with their spaceship Jupiter 2 unable to return to earth. Together with the robot and stowaway Dr Smith they had ongoing adventures and battles with aliens.

John Robinson, astrophysicist and expedition commander, was played by Guy Williams. A few years after the show ended he retired to Argentina, having secured his wealth by investing. He died in 1989 from a brain aneurism, aged 65.

Maureen Robinson, his wife, was played by June Lockhart. After the series ended, she acted in movies including the 1998 film version of Lost In Space. As at January 2009, she’s alive and living in New York.

Judy Robinson, their oldest child and a young adult, was played by Marta Kristen. After Lost In Space she appeared in over 40 television advertisements, and had a 1998 cameo role in the Lost In Space movie. As at January 2009 she’s alive and living in Norway.

Penny Robinson, their teenage child, was played by Angela Cartwright. She continued to appear on television, and was in Beyond The Poseidon Adventure in 1979. She had a cameo in the 1998 Lost In Space movie. She is also an accomplished artist and photographer with a studio in California, and a published author with her own blog and website.

Will Robinson, 9-year-old prodigy, was played by Bill Mumy. He later appeared in numerous TV series and movies, particularly in the genre of science fiction. He played the ambassadorial aide Lennier in the sci-fi series Babylon 5. He has been a voice-over artist and narrator for documentaries, series, animated shows and commercials. He is an accomplished musician who has released solo CDs, and albums together with Robert Haimer as duo Barnes and Barns. As at January 2009 he lives in California with Eileen his wife. Their children Liliana and Seth are child actors.

Don West, the short-fused military pilot whom we all assumed would one day marry Judy Robinson and populate Alpha Centauri, was played by Mark Goddard. After Lost In Space he continued to star in TV series including The Mod Squad and The Fall Guy. He starred in the movie Blue Sunshine, performed on Broadway, and made a cameo appearance in the 1998 movie Lost In Space as the general in charge of the mission. Subsequently he obtained a Masters Degree in Education, and as at January 2009 he is a special education teacher in Massachusetts.

Dr Zachary Smith, played by Jonathan Harris, started as a saboteur but became a selfish, camp, scheming but sympathetic coward. After Lost In Space he had a few roles in TV episodes, but became primarily a voice-over actor (including for My Favorite Martian) and guest star for numerous TV shows, specials and movies. He died in 2002 at age 87 from a blood clot to the heart.

The Robot, whose wisdom and humor was sometimes matched by frailty, was voiced by Dick Tufeld but inside was Bob May who animated its head and arms. Dick Tufield narrated many Irwin Allen productions. Bob May died in 2009 at age 69 of congestive heart failure.

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1 Comment

  • Jay W. Stover says:

    I grew up watching Lost In Space it was a wonderful show for the time period. All the wonderful shows of the 60’s are and will always be near and dear to my heart!!! Growing up in the 60’s had it’s good times and it’s bad times. All in all the good times out weighed the bad.

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