23 April 2024
Entertainment Television

Mark Goddard, a Star of the ’60s Sequence ‘Misplaced in Area,’ Dies at 87

Mark Goddard, the actor finest recognized for taking part in Maj. Don West on the fanciful and fashionable Sixties science-fiction collection “Misplaced in Area,” died on Tuesday at a hospice middle in Hingham, Mass. 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 12 months 1997. On their approach to assist colonize a planet within the Alpha Centauri system, their ship went critically off target, leaving the forged marooned on a distinct, inhospitable one (although fortunately the ambiance was appropriate for human life).

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

The present — created by Irwin Allen, a producer later recognized for fashionable 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 youngster, Judy (Marta Kristen). However that subplot quickly light into the background.

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

Mr. Goddard’s character not discovered himself organising power fields, aiming his ray gun at rock-throwing giants, navigating rugged new planetary terrain or heading 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) have been off entering into bother with a brand new creature or machine.

The opposite regulars within the forged have 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 aggravated by Dr. Smith, and least sympathetic to him. He may very well 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 Dr. Smith drift by way of area for eternity.

Main West was a job Mr. Goddard had taken reluctantly, not being a fan of science fiction. In his 2008 memoir, “To Area 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, Mass., on July 24, 1936. He was the youngest of 5 youngsters of Clarence and Ruth (Delaronde) Goddard. He grew up in close by Scituate, Mass., the place his father owned and managed the native five-and-ten-cent store.

Chuck, as he was recognized on the time, attended Holy Cross School in Worcester, about 70 miles away, with no specific profession ambition. He grew to become excited by appearing after showing in a single faculty play, George M. Cohan’s “Seven Keys to Baldpate.” In 1957, in the course of his junior 12 months, 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 title to Mark on the suggestion of Chuck Connors, the star of “The Rifleman,” a western collection on which Mr. Goddard made a visitor look — no must have two Chucks within the present’s credit.

After solely three weeks on the town, Mr. Goddard was forged 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 understanding what they do,” Cully stated after capturing a person lifeless in a saloon, in self-defense.

When “Johnny Ringo” ended after a 12 months, Mr. Goddard joined the second season of “The Detectives,” against the law drama starring Robert Taylor. Mr. 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. Mr. Goddard’s subsequent collection, “Many Glad Returns” (1964-65), a comedy with Elinor Donahue, was additionally canceled after only a 12 months. Then “Misplaced in Area” got here alongside.

When the present led to 1968, he had problem 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, Mr. 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 Dwell” in 1981 and “Common Hospital” in 1985 and 1986.

Mr. Goddard was married thrice. His marriage to Marcia Rogers (1960-68), a press agent on the time, led to divorce, as did his marriage to the 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 youngsters from his marriage to Ms. 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, Mr. Goddard went dwelling once more. Returning to school after 30 years, he earned a bachelor’s diploma in communications and a grasp’s diploma in schooling from Bridgewater State School in Massachusetts. In 1991, he grew to become a special-education instructor in Middleborough, Mass.

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

“I had a beautiful life as an actor,” he advised The Houston Chronicle in 1997. “However I didn’t need to be sitting round in Hollywood, type of a midway celeb searching for his subsequent job.”

Bernard Mokam contributed reporting.