Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

January 20, 2009

BOB MAY, 69

Starred in Lost in Space

Bob May, who donned The Robot's suit in the hit 1960s television show Lost in Space, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Lancaster, Calif., said his daughter, Deborah May.

He was a veteran actor and stuntman who had appeared in movies, TV shows and on the vaudeville stage when he was tapped by Lost in Space creator Irwin Allen to play the Robinson family's loyal metal companion in the series that debuted in 1965.

Lost in Space was a space-age retelling of The Swiss Family Robinson story in which professor John Robinson, his wife and their children were on a space mission when their craft was knocked hopelessly off course by the evil Dr. Zachary Smith, who became trapped in space with them. Mr. May's robot was the Robinson family's sidekick, warning them of approaching disaster at every turn. His line to one of the children, "Danger, Will Robinson," became a national catch phrase.

TONY HART, 83

British TV presenter

Tony Hart, a British television presenter who charmed generations of children with his artsy antics, died Sunday. No cause of death was given, but Mr. Hart's health had been in decline since he suffered two strokes several years ago, said his agent, Roc Renals.

Mr. Hart's 50-year television career took in everything from lightning-fast magic marker sketches to a giant paint-spattered Jackson Pollock-like composition and an even larger elephant whitewashed onto an airfield. Throughout it all, Mr. Hart's bubbly demeanor and endearing grin kept children hooked.

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