"He always said he got the job because he fit in the robot suit," said June Lockhart, who played family matriarch Maureen Robinson.
Although May didn't provide the robot's distinctive voice (that was done by announcer Dick Tufeld)
He was particularly fond of his Robot role, once saying he came to consider the suit a "home away from home."
Lockhart said May wore the suit for hours at a time and learned the lines of every actor in the show so he would know when to respond to their cues. Because it wasn't easy to get in and out of the suit, he kept it on during breaks.
"He was a smoker," Lockhart remembered. "From time to time (when he was on a break), we'd see smoke coming out of the robot. That always amused us."
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David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 41
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2877 times:
I grew up on a diet of the Lost in Space and Thunderbirds TV series. Fortunately, I missed the later episodes of the former that seem to have become outrageously stupid. Still, how is Will Robinson to know he's in danger now without the robot flailing its arms?
Those of us that are fans are well aware of that, plus you mentioned that in your opener, but I can't separate the two gentlemen, nor do I want to. To me, and I'm willing to bet a lot of others, The Robot will always be one character.
I feel the same way about Dick Tufeld as I do about Bob May!
I hope I made sense!
Just my opinion.
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