Dick Tufeld, 85, voiced robot on “Lost in Space”

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Dick Tufeld

Dick Tufeld

Danger, Will Robinson!

Dick Tufeld intoned that warning as the voice of the robot on Irwin Allen’s classic 1960s science-fiction series Lost in Space. He was the show’s narrator, as well.

Tufeld has died, longtime friend and co-star Bill Mumy (who played Will) announced on Facebook. He was 85.

Beyond Lost in Space, Tufeld frequently was heard in TV cartoons, frequently as an announcer.

The main title narrator on the 1979 DePatie-Freleng series Spider-Woman, he was also the main title announcer on the 1981 Marvel Productions show Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends.

Tufeld was the opening narrator of DFE’s The New Fantastic Four (1978). He narrated several episodes of Thundarr the Barbarian (1980), as well.

For Disney, he narrated Ward Kimball’s Man In Space, originally broadcast on the Disneyland television show in 1956. The half-hour animation was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, Short Subject. He narrated Kimball’s 1955 animated Disney short Man and the Moon, which also first aired on Disneyland.

The 1998 Simpsons episode Mayored To The Mob offered Tufeld another chance to voice the Lost in Space robot. And he was the Ramber-Crane Series Robot in the 2004 episode Milhouse Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. (He repeated his role as the Robot in the 1998 feature film Lost in Space, starring Matt LeBlanc.)

In the Warner Bros. series Histeria!, Tufeld was the announcer in the 1998 episodes Show 17 (a.k.a. Hannibal’s Trails) and “Inventors,” along with 1999’s “Writers of the Purple Prose” and “The Teddy Roosevelt Show.” He also was in the voice cast of the 1992 Garfield episode “The First Annual Garfield Watchers Test.”

The 1962 TV pilot Adventures Of The Road Runner – released theatrically as a 20-minute featurette — cast him in an uncredited role as an ACME commercial announcer.

He was born Richard Norton Tufeld in Los Angeles on December 11, 1926.

In live-action TV, he was an announcer on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Time Tunnel, and commercials for bubble bath Mr. Bubble. He announced several live-action Disney shows, including Zorro (1957-59), starring future Lost in Space lead Guy Williams.

Bob May, the man who actually occupied the costume of The Robot in Lost in Space, died at 69 in 2009.

“Dick Tufeld was a really cool guy. He’s reunited with his wife Adrian now,” Mumy said. “R.I.P. Dick. You will be missed bigtime.”

Mumy later posted a jazz video. “This one’s for Dick Tufeld. He was close friends with Miles Davis. Peace on your journey, pal…”

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