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October 18, 2019

'Lost in Space:' Meet Original Cast of the Beloved Series Then and Now

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Netflix’s reboot of the cult sci-fi TV series revived the interest for the original show and its cast 50 years after it came to an end. This is what has become of these vintage TV stars.

The first “Lost in Space” lasted for only three seasons between 1965 and 1968, but its campy aesthetics, true to the Space Age climate of the decade, and the premise of an ordinary American family wandering around the universe, made it a classic.

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As successful as the latest version of the series is, nothing beats the original crew of the Jupiter 2, and to pay tribute to these beloved actors and actresses, let’s see what happened to them after the show ended.

ANGELA CARTWRIGHT

The 67-year-old actress played the younger daughter of the family, Penny Robinson, in the series.

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Despite having succeeded as a child actress, Cartwright’s career slowed down after she became an adult, and after landing a role in the series “Make Room for Grandaddy” in 1970, she made small appearances through the years.

Cartwright eventually became focused in art and photography, and she has an established home-studio in Los Angeles,

MARK GODDARD

The 83-year-old actor played Major Don West, the pilot of the Jupiter 2, in the series. After the show switched from black and white to color and became the light-hearted show everybody ended up loving, Goddard became disappointed with it.

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Following the end of the series, Goddard continued working regularly in TV, and he landed recurring roles in soap operas like “One Life to Live,” “The Doctors,” and “General Hospital.”

Later in life, Goddard grew more positive about the cultural impact of the show, and in 2016 he recalled his experience while working in the series in his 2016 book “Three Years Lost in Space.”

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MARTA KRISTEN

The 74-year-old actress played the castaway family’s eldest daughter Judy Robinson in the series.

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She has remained active as an actress, mostly on TV since the ‘80s, and recently guest-starred in “The Vamps Next Door.” Kristen is a regular in Sci-fi conventions, so there is a big chance for her fans to meet her if they wish.

JUNE LOCKHART

The 94-year-old actress played Dr. Maureen Robinson, the matriarch of the clan, in the series, a role that cemented her iconic TV mother status after famously portraying Ruth Martin in “Lassie” for most than 200 episodes.

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Lockhart impressively remains active to this day, with her latest appearance to date been the 2019 TV movie “The Matchmaker Mysteries: A Killer Engagement,” on which she voices the character Mindy the Owl.

During the ‘80s and ‘90s, the actress guest-starred in some of the most popular series including “Magnum, P.I.,” “Falcon Crest,” “Full House,” “Step by Step,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

BILL MUMY

The 65-year-old actor played the youngest child of the main couple in the series, Will Robinson. He knew how to capitalize on his success and has led the most prolific acting career since the show ended compared to his former castmates.

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After appearing in many series and voicing animated characters, he landed a long-lasting role in the sci-fi show “Babylon 5” from 1994 to 1998. In 2018, he made a cameo appearance in the “Lost in Space” reboot.

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Besides acting, Mumy is an achieved musician, and he has released several records both as a solo artist and as part of the duo “Barnes and Barnes

GUY WILLIAMS

The late actor, also famous for portraying the masked swordsman in “Zorro,” played family patriarch Dr. John Robinson in the series.

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Williams retired from acting following the end of “Lost in Space,” and spent his final years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he passed away in 1989 at the age of 65 due to a brain aneurysm.

JONATHAN HARRIS

The late actor played the sinister Dr. Smith, who later evolves into more of a comic character, in the series.

While he didn’t appear in front of the camera in anything of significance after “Lost in Space” ended, Harris continued working regularly, and he developed a prolific career voicing animated characters.

Harris died of a blood clot following a back injury that sent him to a hospital, in 2002. He was 87 years old.

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