December 8, 2023

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For 3 seasons, he and a household of 5, a wily saboteur and a speaking robotic had been marooned on a distant planet.

Mark Goddard. Handout

Mark Goddard, the actor greatest identified for taking part in Maj. Don West on the fanciful and widespread Nineteen Sixties science-fiction collection “Misplaced in House,” died Tuesday at a hospice middle in Hingham, Massachusetts. He was 87.

His son John stated the trigger was pulmonary fibrosis.

Main West was the pilot of a spaceship carrying a household of 5, a stowaway and a robotic within the far distant future — the yr 1997. On their manner to assist colonize a planet within the Alpha Centauri system, their ship went significantly off target, leaving the solid marooned on a special, inhospitable one (although fortunately the environment was appropriate for human life).

The solid of “Misplaced in House.”

That set the stage for encounters with big spiders, rock monsters, frog individuals, cyborg armies, area hippies, alien prisons, intergalactic magnificence pageants and titanium shortages.

The present — created by Irwin Allen, a producer later identified for widespread catastrophe movies like “The Towering Inferno” — ran for 3 seasons (1965-68) on CBS. Main West was theoretically the romantic lead, a good-looking single man in a uniform, and the primary season hinted at a budding romantic relationship between him and the household’s oldest baby, Judy (Marta Kristen). However that subplot quickly light into the background.

For varied causes, together with being scheduled reverse the brand new comic-book-like “Batman,” “Misplaced in House” modified within the second and third seasons from a science-fiction venture to a campy collection that was extra comedy than journey.

Goddard’s character not discovered himself establishing pressure fields, aiming his ray gun at rock-throwing giants, navigating rugged new planetary terrain or keeping off kidnappers from one other dimension. He was extra prone to be left behind analyzing soil samples whereas Dr. Smith (Jonathan Harris), the saboteur stowaway, little Will (Billy Mumy) and the robotic (Bob Might, with the voice of Dick Tufeld) had been off entering into bother with a brand new creature or machine.

The opposite regulars within the solid had been Man Williams and June Lockhart because the space-traveling dad and mom and Angela Cartwright as their different daughter.

Don was all the time the character most irritated by Dr. Smith, and least sympathetic to him. He might be each hot-tempered and coldhearted, however he dutifully took a spacewalk, in opposition to his higher judgment, to rescue Smith from the clutches of a seductive alien creature. If it had been as much as him alone, he admitted, he would have let Smith drift by area for eternity.

Main West was a job Goddard had taken reluctantly, not being a fan of science fiction. In his 2008 memoir, “To House and Again,” he referred to his area uniform, his wardrobe for the present, as “silver lamé pajamas and my fairly silver ski boots.”

Charles Harvey Goddard was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on July 24, 1936. He was the youngest of 5 kids of Clarence and Ruth (Delaronde) Goddard. He grew up in close by Scituate, Massachusetts, the place his father owned and managed the native five-and-ten-cent retailer.

Chuck, as he was identified on the time, attended Holy Cross School in Worcester, about 70 miles away, with no specific profession ambition. He turned fascinated by appearing after showing in a single school play, George M. Cohan’s “Seven Keys to Baldpate.” In 1957, in the course of his junior yr, he transferred to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Two years later, he moved to Los Angeles.

He made his display debut in a 1959 tv film that was meant to be a pilot for “The Joan Crawford Present.” (The collection by no means occurred.) He modified his first identify to Mark on the suggestion of Chuck Connors, the star of “The Rifleman,” a Western collection on which Goddard made a visitor look — no have to have two Chucks within the present’s credit.

After solely three weeks on the town, Goddard was solid in a community collection. He performed Cully, the younger deputy sheriff within the short-lived Western “Johnny Ringo” (1959-60). A former sharpshooter at a carnival, Cully was courageous sufficient to face as much as armed robbers and bloodthirsty bounty hunters however delicate sufficient to be traumatized after killing a person for the primary time.

“All this time I’ve been dealing with weapons and never realizing what they do,” Cully stated after taking pictures a person useless in a saloon, in self-defense.

When “Johnny Ringo” ended after a yr, Goddard joined the second season of “The Detectives,” a criminal offense drama starring Robert Taylor. Goddard’s character, Sgt. Chris Ballard, was described by The New York Occasions as “a brash however environment friendly younger police lieutenant.”

“The Detectives” ended its run in 1962. Goddard’s subsequent collection, “Many Joyful Returns” (1964-65), a comedy with Elinor Donahue, was additionally canceled after only a yr. Then “Misplaced in House” got here alongside.

When the present led to 1968, he had issue discovering appearing jobs. He labored as an actors’ agent for some time, then had the chance to make his Broadway debut — in “The Act,” with Liza Minnelli, in 1977. Richard Eder of the Occasions stated the manufacturing was “a first-rate cabaret present” however not likely theater. It ran for eight months on star energy alone.

After that, Goddard appeared in a horror film, “Blue Sunshine” (1978), and made visitor appearances on a number of collection. He entered the world of cleaning soap operas within the Eighties, showing briefly on “One Life to Stay” in 1981 and “Basic Hospital” in 1985 and 1986.

Goddard was married 3 times. His marriage to Marcia Rogers (1960-68), a press agent on the time, led to divorce, as did his marriage to actress Susan Anspach (1970-78). In 1994 he married Evelyn Pezzulich, an English professor, who survives him. Along with his son John, from that marriage, his survivors embrace two kids from his marriage to Rogers, Melissa and Michael Goddard; two stepchildren from his marriage to Susan Anspach, Caleb and Catherine Goddard; two sisters, June Merrill and Patricia Panet-Raymond; and several other grandchildren.

In his 50s, Goddard went residence once more. Returning to school after 30 years, he earned a bachelor’s diploma in communications and a grasp’s diploma in training from Bridgewater State School in Massachusetts. In 1991, he turned a special-education trainer in Middleborough, Massachusetts.

Even after he started instructing, he took a display appearing job once in a while. He made a cameo look within the film model of “Misplaced in House” (1998) and was seen within the film dramas “In a single day Sensation” (2000) and “Soupernatural” (2010). However he not considered himself as an actor.

“I had an exquisite life as an actor,” he advised the Houston Chronicle in 1997. “However I didn’t wish to be sitting round in Hollywood, form of a midway superstar searching for his subsequent job.”

This text initially appeared in The New York Occasions.