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RIP: Bob May

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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.

  1. (shakes head)

    Jamie Wyeth is alive and well, and probably very upset about the passing of his father, ANDREW Wyeth today.

  2. People don’t die in threes. They die in ones, in twos, in threes, in plane loads, but not always in threes. This is just an old adage that has been proved wrong by careful statistical analysis, and it shouldn’t be perpetuated in this day and age of knowledge.

  3. Sure they do. They don’t die in twos and then stop dying. They don’t die in fours and then have a big rush of dying all at once. They die in threes. Three people die, and then another three people die. And then another three people die. As it has always been is how it shall always be.

  4. Andrew Wyeth’s passing was felt here.

    honestly, to me more than a lot of things of late.

    R.I.P.

    your art lives on forever.

  5. In England people my age (40 +/- whatever) have been hit hard by the loss of Oliver Postgate – creator of Bagpuss, The Clangers, and numerous other amazing stop-motion children’s TV shows – and now Tony Hart, who introduced generations of children to the magic of art, and whose shows featured Morph, an endearing plasticene companion who was the first work of Aardman Animations. Add that to Patrick McGoohan, and whether it’s coming in threes or otherwise, a lot of ordinarily adult and sensible people are grieving over here, and aren’t able to clearly articulate why, except to anyone else their age, who already knows.

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