Mark Goddard, star of Sixties sci-fi collection ‘Misplaced in House,’ dies at 87


Mark Goddard, the actor recognized for taking part in Maj. Don West, within the campy, standard Sixties science fiction collection “Misplaced in House,” died of pulmonary fibrosis on Tuesday, at a hospice heart in Hingham, Mass., his spouse, Evelyn Pezzluich, introduced on Fb. He was 87.

Goddard was hospitalized with pneumonia days after celebrating his birthday, mentioned Pezzluich. He was transferred to a rehabilitation heart the place medical doctors found that he was within the last levels of pulmonary fibrosis.

For 3 seasons from 196568, Goddard, as West, starred within the CBS collection that chronicled the adventures of the Robinson household, a speaking robotic and a dastardly stowaway, Dr. Smith. The group grew to become stranded on a distant planet after their ship, the Jupiter 2, went off beam en path to colonize a planet within the Alpha Centauri system.

The present, created by Irwin Allen, a producer who was often known as the “Grasp of Catastrophe” for such movies as “The Towering Inferno,” helped popularize the phrase, “hazard, Will Robinson.”

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Invoice Mumy, left, Angela Cartwright, Marta Kristen, and Mark Goddard at San Diego Comedian-Con in 2015.

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Though the collection finally grew to become a cult traditional, Goddard initially didn’t need to be half it. “I didn’t need to do it,” he mentioned in 1990. “Now, the rationale I didn’t need do the collection at first is as a result of I had by no means performed science fiction, and had no concept what it was going to be like.”

All through the Sixties, Goddard additionally appeared in a number of movies, together with “The Monkey’s Uncle” and “A Rage to Reside.” After “Misplaced in House” went off the air, he grew to become a frequent visitor star on standard TV exhibits “Mod Squad” and “The Streets of San Francisco.” He additionally labored on cleaning soap operas, showing on “One Life to Reside” and “Basic Hospital.” In 1977 he starred within the horror movie “Blue Sunshine.”

“R.I.P. to Mark Goddard. A very beloved good friend and brother to me for 59 years. I knew this was coming for the previous few months. Shortly after an important telephone chat he and I had on his 87th birthday in late July, I grew to become conscious that I might most probably by no means see or communicate with him once more. The final phrases we exchanged had been ‘I like you,” wrote his “Misplaced in House” co-star Invoice Mumy on Fb.

The actor was born as Charles Harvey Goddard in Lowell, Mass., on July 24, 1936. He was the youngest of 5 kids who grew up in Scituate, Mass., the place his mother and father owned the native five-and-dime retailer. Goddard attended Holy Cross School in Worcester and dreamed of a profession as an expert basketball participant. However after performing in a play in 1957, he headed to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

In 1959, Goddard landed in Los Angeles the place he quickly gained elements on TV exhibits similar to “Perry Mason,” “The Rifleman” and “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

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Mark Goddard at San Deigo Comedian-Con in 2015.

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Though his performing profession waned, Goddard nonetheless appeared in TV exhibits and movies over time. In 1998, he made a cameo within the film model of “Misplaced in House.” In 2009, he revealed his memoir, “To House and Again.”

By 1991, at age 55, Goddard determined to modify course. He earned a grasp’s diploma in training from Bridgewater State School in Massachusetts, and he grew to become a particular training trainer.

Goddard was married thrice; his second spouse was the actress Susan Anspach.

“I’ll by no means know the way I deserved to spend 33 years with such a loving, light, good-looking man who made me chortle so typically,” wrote Pezzluich on her Fb submit.


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