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Lost In Space Robot, Bob May Dies At 69

Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:58 pm

Although his name did not appear in the show's opening and closing credits, most Lost In Space fans know that he was the robot but not the voice; Dick Tufeld was the voice.

http://www.keprtv.com/news/entertainment/37869774.html

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"He always said he got the job because he fit in the robot suit," said June Lockhart, who played family matriarch Maureen Robinson.
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Although May didn't provide the robot's distinctive voice (that was done by announcer Dick Tufeld)
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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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RE: Lost In Space Robot, Bob May Dies At 69

Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:07 pm

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?  Sad
 
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RE: Lost In Space Robot, Bob May Dies At 69

Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:23 pm

RIP... May you find plenty of power packs in heaven.....
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RE: Lost In Space Robot, Bob May Dies At 69

Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:02 pm

Thank you for being a great part of my childhood.

Rest in Peace Bob May tombstone 

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RE: Lost In Space Robot, Bob May Dies At 69

Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:23 pm



Quoting Fridgmus (Reply 3):
"Danger Will Robinson, Danger"

Not to split hairs here but the voice of the robot was actually (Dick) Tufeld's; May was the man behind the flailing arms associated with robot's "Warning! Warning!" "Danger! Danger!" statements.
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RE: Lost In Space Robot, Bob May Dies At 69

Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:31 pm



Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 4):

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! smile 

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