After the shocking double dose of death with Patrick McGoohan and Ricardo Montalban the other day, we know you were all wondering who would complete the sad trifecta. Somehow, Andrew Wyeth great as he was, just didn’t fit in. Now we see that Bob May died over the weekend. May was the man inside the Robot suit on Lost In Space:
He was a veteran actor and stuntman who had appeared in movies, TV shows and on the vaudeville stage when he was tapped by “Lost in Space” creator Irwin Allen to play the Robinson family’s loyal metal sidekick in the series that debuted in 1965.
“He always said he got the job because he fit in the robot suit,” said June Lockhart, who played family matriarch Maureen Robinson. “It was one of those wonderful Hollywood stories. He just happened to be on the studio lot when someone saw him and sent him to see Irwin Allen about the part. Allen said, ‘If you can fit in the suit, you’ve got the job.'”
Although the Robot’s voice (and warnings to Will Robinson) were provided by Dick Tufeld, May certainly contributed his part to pop culture with his top-notch arm waving skills and ability to sag when powered down. So let us now close this chapter on our TV heritage and just be glad that such giants walked among us.