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Dick Tufeld, who provided the voice of The Robot in the 1960s sci-fi series 'Lost In Space' and spurred the iconic phrase, 'Danger, Will Robinson!' died on Jan. 22, 2011 at age 85.
Tufeld passed away at his home in Studio City, California, located in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, while watching the NFL playoffs, his family said in a statement, adding that he had recently battled heart disease.
He is survived by his two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren and brother. Tufeld's wife Adrienne died in 2004. They two were married for 56 years.
'Lost In Space' was a sci-fi TV adaptation of the 1812 Swiss novel 'Swiss Family Robinson' and aired on CBS between 1965 and 1968. Bob May, who died in 2009 at age 69, wore the Robot costume. The character served as a friend and protector of young Will Robinson, played by Bill Mumy.
Tufeld has done other voiceover work before assuming his iconic role on the series and served as the narrator and announcer on shows such as 'Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea,' 'The Time Tunner,' 'The Fantastic Four,' 'Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends' and 'Histeria!.' His most recent gig came in 2004, when he provided the voice of a robot on 'The Simpsons.'
That year, he was treated for a paralyzed vocal cord. Also in 2004, he told TV Guide in 2004, following his recovery: 'There's no question when my time comes, that's what I'll be known for. The voice of the Robot on 'Lost in Space.'
He also voiced a robot in the 1998 movie that was based on the series. The film starred Gary Oldman and Matt LeBlanc but received poor reviews. Several cast members from the original series had small roles in the film.
Most of the main actors from the 1960s series are still alive today and continue to act. Guy Williams, who played Prof. John Robinson, died in 1989 at age 65. Jonathan Harris, who played Dr. Zachary Smith, a character that often insulted The Robot, died in 2002 at age 87, three days before his birthday.
(Pictured: Billy Mumy appears as Will Robinson alongside The Robot, portrayed in person by Bob May and voiced by Dick Tufeld, in an episode of the 1960s sci-fi series 'Lost In Space.')
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