The Voice from the Robot

By | Jan 31, 2012

For many the first thing that comes to mind when recalling the 1960’s TV series Lost in Space are the words, “Danger Will Robinson” called out many times by the ever present Robot. Last week on January 22, 2012, Dick Tulfield, the man who voiced those words died at the age of 85.

Richard Norton Tulfield was born on December 11, 1926.

While many will recognize the voice, he rarely appeared in front of the camera. He spent his career as an announcer beginning in the 1950s, through the 60s working on most of the TV series of Irwin Allen and into the 80s voicing narrations in cartoon series such as Thundarr the Barbarian and Spider-man.

He spoke the first words in three of Allen’s series along with Lost In Space, where he also served as the narrator he opened the first episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea with “This is the Seaview, the most extraordinary submarine in all the seven seas” and The Time Tunnel, “Two American scientists are lost…”

In the 1998 movie based on the series he once again voiced the Robot.

Bob May, who died on January 18, 2009 was the man inside the Robot in the TV Series.


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