Summary: Mark Goddard, who portrayed Major Don West in the popular 1960s television series ‘Lost in Space,’ has died at the age of 87. His son confirmed that Goddard passed away from pulmonary fibrosis on Tuesday in Hingham, Massachusetts. Bill Mumy, his co-star from the show, paid tribute to their 59-year friendship in a heartfelt Facebook post.
Mark Goddard, best known for his role as Major Don West in the iconic 1960s sci-fi show ‘Lost in Space,’ has passed away at the age of 87. Goddard’s son confirmed that the actor died on Tuesday in Hingham, Massachusetts, after battling pulmonary fibrosis.
In a moving Facebook post, Bill Mumy, who played Will Robinson in the series, wrote a heartfelt tribute to his ‘beloved friend and brother’ for nearly six decades. Mumy revealed that he had spoken to Goddard on his birthday in July and knew it would likely be their last conversation.
Goddard’s character, Major Don West, was the pilot of the Jupiter 2 spacecraft on a mission to colonize space. The show, which aired from 1965 to 1968, became a cult classic and gained a strong fan following. Despite sometimes feeling constrained by the campy nature of the series, Goddard embraced and loved his character, according to Mumy’s post.
Mark Goddard was born as Charles Harvey Goddard on July 24, 1936, in Lowell, Massachusetts. He left college in his junior year to pursue acting and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His early acting credits included appearances in television shows such as ‘The Rifleman,’ ‘Johnny Ringo,’ and ‘The Detectives,’ as well as a role in the movie ‘Woman on the Run,’ starring Joan Crawford.
Goddard also made a cameo appearance in the 1998 reboot of ‘Lost in Space,’ where he portrayed a different character. Later in life, he returned to college and earned a master’s degree in education. For twenty years, he worked as a special education teacher in Massachusetts.
Mark Goddard is survived by his wife Evelyn Pezzulich and his children.
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