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Actor Mark Goddard, Known for Role in ‘Lost in Space,’ Passes Away at Age 87

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Mark Goddard, renowned for portraying Major Don West on the 1960s CBS series “Lost in Space,” has passed away at the age of 87.

His death occurred this past Tuesday in Hingham, Massachusetts, due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis, as confirmed by his son to The New York Times.

Bill Mumy, Goddard’s longtime co-star who portrayed Will Robinson on “Lost in Space,” paid homage to him on Facebook. Mumy reflected that during a conversation on Goddard’s birthday in July, he sensed it would be their last exchange.

Mumy wrote, “Mark was an exceptionally talented actor, both innately gifted and formally trained. Although he sometimes felt limited by the somewhat kitschy framework ‘Lost in Space’ imposed on him, he cherished the experience.” Mumy imagined Goddard enjoying a martini in the afterlife with former colleagues such as Jonathan Harris, Kevin Burns, and Guy Williams, who predeceased him.

Goddard’s character on “Lost in Space,” which aired between 1965 and 1968, served as the pilot of the Jupiter 2 spacecraft, tasked with transporting the Robinson family on a colonization mission in space. He published a memoir in 2008, titled “To Space and Back.”

Born Charles Harvey Goddard on July 24, 1936, in Lowell, Massachusetts, Goddard discontinued his college education in his junior year in 1958 to focus on acting. He funded his education at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts by taking evening shifts at Woolworths.

Upon making his way to Hollywood, he secured roles in various television programs and movies, including an episode of “The Rifleman” and a Dick Powell-directed television film “Woman on the Run,” where he acted alongside Joan Crawford. His career also included appearances in shows such as “Johnny Ringo,” “The Detectives,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” and “Perry Mason.”

Goddard made a special appearance in the 1998 revival of “Lost in Space,” where the character he originally portrayed was played by Matt LeBlanc.

In his later years, Goddard returned to academics to obtain a bachelor’s degree followed by a master’s degree in education. He dedicated two decades of his life to teaching special education in Massachusetts.

He is survived by his spouse, Evelyn Pezzulich, and their children.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mark Goddard obituary

What was the cause of Mark Goddard’s death?

Mark Goddard passed away due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis.

Who confirmed Mark Goddard’s cause of death?

The cause of his death was confirmed by his son in an interview with The New York Times.

Who is Bill Mumy and what was his relationship with Mark Goddard?

Bill Mumy is an actor who co-starred with Mark Goddard on the television series “Lost in Space,” where Mumy played Will Robinson. The two maintained a friendship for nearly six decades.

What was Mark Goddard best known for?

Mark Goddard was best known for his role as Major Don West in the 1960s television show “Lost in Space.”

When and where did Mark Goddard pass away?

He passed away in Hingham, Massachusetts, on a Tuesday at the age of 87.

Did Mark Goddard have any roles after “Lost in Space”?

Yes, later in his career he made a cameo in the 1998 revival of “Lost in Space,” among other roles.

What did Mark Goddard do in his later life regarding education?

In his later years, Mark Goddard returned to academics to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education. He then served as a special education teacher in Massachusetts for two decades.

Who survives Mark Goddard?

Mark Goddard is survived by his wife, Evelyn Pezzulich, and their children.

Did Mark Goddard write any books?

Yes, he wrote a memoir in 2008 titled “To Space and Back,” detailing his experiences including those related to his role in “Lost in Space.”

What were some other shows and movies in which Mark Goddard appeared?

Mark Goddard had roles in various other television programs and movies, including “The Rifleman,” “Woman on the Run,” “Johnny Ringo,” “The Detectives,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” and “Perry Mason.”

More about Mark Goddard obituary

  • Mark Goddard’s IMDb Profile
  • “Lost in Space” Series Overview
  • Bill Mumy’s Tribute to Mark Goddard on Facebook
  • The New York Times Obituary for Mark Goddard
  • Mark Goddard’s Memoir “To Space and Back”
  • Overview of Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Special Education in Massachusetts

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10 comments

RetroTVFan October 16, 2023 - 4:21 am

Major Don West was one of my fav characters on LIS. Sad to hear of his passing but what a life he had!

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LiteratureBuff October 16, 2023 - 8:18 am

Didn’t know he wrote a memoir, gotta check that out. Always wanted to know more about the man behind the character.

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Julie_ann October 16, 2023 - 4:47 pm

A touching tribute by Bill Mumy. They were friends for almost 60 years? thats friendship goals right there.

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SarahM October 16, 2023 - 4:52 pm

Really sad news. But good to know he lived a fulfilling life, even got into teaching. that’s awesome.

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JohnDoe October 16, 2023 - 7:52 pm

Wow, cant believe Mark Goddard’s gone. Grew up watching Lost in Space, he was amazing as Major Don West.

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MassachusettsNative October 17, 2023 - 12:24 am

He’s from my state! Proud that someone so talented came from Massachusetts.

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EduGeek October 17, 2023 - 12:25 am

Impressed that he went back to school later in life. Shows it’s never too late to pursue other passions.

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SciFiLover October 17, 2023 - 12:53 am

He will forever be Major Don West in my heart. flying through the cosmos now, RIP.

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TVHistorian October 17, 2023 - 1:56 am

Mark Goddard’s role in Lost in Space is iconic. This is a big loss for the entertainment world. Rest in peace.

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BevHillsFan October 17, 2023 - 2:48 am

Had no idea he appeared in The Beverly Hillbillies and Perry Mason too! Multi-talented actor for sure.

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