Saturday afternoon, actor Bill Mumy wished his most memorable TV mom a happy 91st birthday on his Facebook page.
Mumy portrayed astro-adventuring preteen Will Robinson on the now legendary Irwin Allen television series, Lost In Space. Loosely based on the book Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss, the plot involved a pioneering Earth family who finds themselves spaceship-wrecked on an unknown planet in a futuristic 1997. Mumy told Variety magazine that Lost in Space was "both ridiculously campy and ridiculously cool."
When the unintentionally wacky sci-fi series made its black-and-white small screen debut in September 1965, it was not exactly lauded as upscale drama. It did amuse, however, and eventually caught on with audiences. And lest anyone pass LIS off as mere fluff, June Lockhart told NPR that more than one NASA astronaut was inspired to their adult career after watching Lost in Space as a kid.
With no space shuttle launches to attend or scripts to memorize, June Lockhart currently keeps busy as emcee of a musical project called the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic. Conducted by Gary Greene, the 75-piece symphonic orchestra has been putting on fundraising shows at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Saban Theatre, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater, the Shrine Auditorium and other Los Angeles venues since 2009, according to Pop Culture Addict.
[Feature photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox]