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Tribute: Lost in Space's Dick Tufeld

Actor Dick Tufeld, who voiced the Robot on the 1960s sci-fi series Lost In Space, died January 22 at age 85 while watching the NFL playoffs. You may not know his name, but Tufeld created two of TV's most enduring pop culture catch phrases — "Danger, Will Robinson, danger" and "That does not compute." In 2004, TV Guide Magazine caught up with Tufeld, who was still doing voice-over work. He had recently recovered from a paralyzed vocal chord, which kept him from speaking above a whisper until a rare operation returned his familiar voice.

TV Guide Magazine:  It's nice to talk to the character that gave so many generations so much pleasure.
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: You know there was a guy inside the...read more

VIDEO: Junkyard of Space

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Junkyard of Space
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Length: 50:20
Aired: 3/6/1968

While on a junkyard planet, Dr. Smith realizes the crew’s food supply is dwindling. watch

VIDEO: Junkyard of Space

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Junkyard of Space
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Length: 22:54:22
Aired: 3/6/1968

Trying to escape from a flaming comet, the Robinsons come upon a spaceship filled with frozen alien criminals. Havoc ensues when the ever-meddlesome Dr. Smith thaws one of the aliens who then frees the others. watch

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LOST IN SPACE
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Lost in Space (1998)
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Lost in Space (1998)

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The Great Vegetable Rebellion
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Year Title Description
1998 The Simpsons: Mayored to the Mob
Season 10, Episode 9
Episode, Voice - 'Lost in Space' Robot
1998 Lost In Space Movie, Actor - Voice of Robot
1994 Fantastic Four TV Show Series, Narrator
1965 Lost in Space TV Show Series, Voice - The Robot

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I was a big Lost in Space fan ...

Question: I was a big Lost in Space fan as a kid. Watching reruns, I realized there was a big difference between the evil Dr. Smith from the first episodes and the funny Dr. Smith who came along later. What was the deal with that?


Answer: Elementary, you lugubrious lump... you pusillanimous pinhead! (Sorry, my inner Smith got the best of me there, Kevin.)

The simple answer is the one behind so many developments on your favorite shows, both old and new: ratings. As the story goes, actor Jonathan Harris, who played the no-good doctor, and the powers-that-be behind the show, one of many from legendary producer Irwin Allen, realized early on that the truly evil Dr. Smith would wear thin in no time. So although the character was merely sinister when the series launched on CBS in September 1965 — it was his sabotage that got read more

Meet Lost in Space's Robot!

Viewers never saw him, but Dick Tufeld created two of TV's most enduring pop-culture catchphrases: "Danger, Will Robinson, danger!" and "That does not compute." Yep, the longtime announcer was the voice of Robot on the '60s sci-fi series Lost in Space. Tufeld still does voice-overs today, though he once suffered from a paralyzed vocal chord that kept him from speaking above a whisper. That is, until a rare operation restored his fond, familiar voice. Here, he happily chats away with TV Guide Online about his metallic alter ego. TV Guide Online: It's nice to talk to someone who gave so many generations so much pleasure.Dick Tufeld: You know there was a guy inside the tin can — Bob May. He had to be in there eight hours a day on the set. He moved the arms and legs and memorized all the lines and spoke them. They put me into post-production and I dubbed Robot's voice in. TVGO: Did you know you were creating a legend?Tufeld: I read more

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