Veteran actor Mark Goddard has died at the age of 87. The sad news was shared by former LOST IN SPACE co-star and friend Bill Mumy on Facebook. “A truly beloved friend and brother to me for 59 years,” he wrote. “I knew this was coming for the past few months. Shortly after a great phone chat he and I had on his 87th birthday in late July, I became aware that I would most likely never see or speak with him again. The last words we exchanged were ‘I love you.’”
Although best known for playing Major Don West in the sci-fi TV classic LOST IN SPACE, Goddard also appeared in other series like THE RIFLEMAN, THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, GUNSMOKE, PERRY MASON, THE FUGITIVE, THE MOD SQUAD, QUINCY M.E., BENSON, AND THE FALL GUY. He could also be seen in films like Blue Sunshine, Roller Boogie, and the 1998 film adaptation of Lost in Space.
Goddard’s career also included daytime dramas. In 1981, he played Ted Clayton on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and in 1982, he played Lt. Paul Reed on THE DOCTORS. And from 1984-86, he played Derek Barrington on GENERAL HOSPITAL.
Goddard is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and their children Melissa, Michael, Caleb, and John. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.