Bob May, Lost in Space Robot, Dies

Actor moved the suit, but never said "Danger, Will Robinson"
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2009 2:37 PM CST
Bob May.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Bob May, famous for inhabiting the robot suit on 1960s sci-fi hit Lost in Space, has died at 69 of heart failure, the AP reports. “He always said he got the job because he fit in the robot suit,” a co-star said. May did not voice the robot—and so didn't get to say "Danger, Will Robinson"—but his job wasn’t easy: He would memorize the script to respond to cues and stayed in the suit during breaks.

“He was a smoker,” the co-star said. “From time to time, we'd see smoke coming out of the robot. That always amused us.”