Bob May

Bob May

69 (passed away Jan. 18th, 2009)
Sep. 4th, 1939
Born in
New York City, New York, USA

Bob May's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Lost in Space TV Show
Lost in Space

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


In their heyday, stage and movie stars Ole Olsen (II) and Chic Johnson reigned as two of the most outrageous comedians who ever set out to tickle America's collective funnybone. The son of Johnson's daughter, June, Bob May was born in New York in 1939 and put a (very) small foot on the first rung of the show biz ladder two years later, when he replaced a midget in the comics' show "Sons-a-Fun". May later worked with the comedy team on live TV ("Fireball Fun-for-All", "All-Star Revue", "The Colgate Comedy Hour"). A singer and dancer, May danced in some of Elvis Presley's early films and turned up in several Jerry Lewis (I) vehicles. While applying for the job of Red Buttons' stunt double on Stagecoach (1966), May was offered the "role" of the Environmental Control Robot in 20th Century-Fox's TV series "Lost in Space" (1965). (On the show, May operated the Robot and Dick Tufeld provided its voice.) More recently, May, his wife and kids toured with an Olsen & Johnson-style stage show call ed "Funs-a-Bustin."

  • He and his wife lost their home during the November 2008 San Fernando Valley wildfires, which destroyed their upscale mobile home park.
  • When he went to see _"Lost in Space" (1965)_ (qv) producer 'Irwin Allen (I)' (qv) about "The Robot" role, Allen told him, "If you can fit in the suit, you've got the job".
  • Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book "Monsters, Mutants and Heavenly Creatures" (MidMar Press, 1996).
  • He has two children
  • He enjoyed playing the Robot, and once said that he considered his Robot suit "a home away from home".

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