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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