Dick Tufeld, who was the voice of the robot on the 1960’s television series, “Lost in Space” (1965–1968), died this past week at his home in Los Angeles. Tufeld had a history of heart disease, and was said to have been in declining health. He was 85 years old.
Tufeld had a long and successful broadcast career, with announcing stints on TV shows like “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and commercial voiceovers for Gallo Wines as well as a radio career in the 1950’s that included credits on such shows as “Annie Oakley,” “Zorro,” “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends,” “The Fantastic Four,” and others.
Tufeld was even cast on TV’s “The Simpsons” several times between 1998 and 2004.
But “Lost in Space” was perhaps the most memorable role of his career. In fact when the show was remade into a feature-length film in 1998, Tufeld reprised his role of the robot that spoke the oft-quoted phrase, “Danger, Will Robinson.”
He is survived by two daughters, two sons, six grandchildren and a brother.