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Bill Mumy continues to embrace Lost in Space and Will Robinson

The actor has fond memories of his time on the Sci-Fi television series.

By Cheryl E PrestonPublished 27 days ago 3 min read
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Bill Mumy began acting at an early age

Bill Mumy began acting when he was very young, using the name Billy Mumy. Among his many credits, he appeared in several episodes of The Twilight Zone. He was also on Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Fugitive, Sunday Father, and the film Dear Brigitte plus many others.

He was born Charles William Mumy Jr. on February 1, 1954, and is most famous for portraying Will Robinson in Lost in Space (1965-1968). The actor gave an interview in which he cleared up some misconceptions about the Sci-Fi series. The show began as a family adventure with the Robinson family but focused on three characters by the series end.

Mumy later appeared as lonely teenager Sterling North in the film Rascal (1969) and Teft in the film Bless the Beasts and Children (1971). In the 1990s, Mumy performed the role of Lennier in all five seasons of the sci-fi TV series Babylon 5 and narrated Emmy Award-winning series Biography.

The Lost in Space cast was close

In addition to Mumy, the cast included Guy Williams as Dr. John Robinson, the expedition commander and the father of the Robinson children. June Lockhart was his wife, Dr. Maureen Robinson, a biochemist, and the children's mother.

Mark Goddard portrayed Major Don West, the pilot of the Jupiter 2 spaceship, and Marta Kristen was Judy, the oldest Robinson child. In the beginning, it appeared as if a romance was brewing between these two, but it never materialized.

Angela Cartwright was Penny, the middle Robinson child. Goddard said in later years that he remained close with Mumy and Jonathan Harris, who played Dr. Zachary Smith. Harris's character was a saboteur/villain who became comic relief.

Two men were responsible for the robot

Bob May was the man inside the Robot, while Dick Tufeld was the iconic voice who said, "Warning, warning, Danger, Will Robinson." Mumy said they all got along, and there was never any tension.

Mumy says there was never a bad day on set in three years. He added that when the focus shifted to Will, the Robot, and Dr. Smith, there was no animosity among the rest of the cast. he also revealed that Harris was given free rein to change lines and was responsible for all of the zany things Dr. Smith said.

Billy/Bill Mumy escaped the child star curse

Mumy says the show was canceled after three years due to budget issues. The cast had been told they would return for season four, but his agent called one day and said Lost in Space was canceled.

He also seems to have escaped the child star curse of many Hollywood teens and young adults who end up on drugs, as alcoholics or on the wrong side of the law.

Beyond Lost in Space

In 2018, Bill Mumy appeared in the pilot episode of the Netflix remake series, Lost in Space. His character Dr. Z. Smith, was in homage to Dr. Zachary Smith who was portrayed by Harris in the television series. hew has been a voice artist for cartoons and television commercials and narrated documentaries.

In 1996, Mumy was a writer and co-creator of Space Cases,[10] a Nickelodeon television show with themes similar to those of Lost in Space. Between 1994 and 1998, he played the ambassadorial aide Lennier in the syndicated science fiction series Babylon 5. In November 1998, he played Kellin, a Starfleet officer, in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Siege of AR-558", in which he assists in defeating a Jem'Hadar detachment.

One of the most amazing things about Bill Mumy is that he embraces Will Robinson and Lost in Space. So many actors try to distance themselves from the characters, TV shows and or movies that were their claim to fame.

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About the Creator

Cheryl E Preston

Cheryl is a widow who enjoys writing about current events, soap spoilers and baby boomer nostalgia. Tips are greatly appreciated.

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