May passed away on January 19, 2009 at the age of 69.
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
sidekick in the series that debuted in 1965.
The grandson of famed vaudeville comedian Chic
Johnson, May was introduced to show business at
age 2 when he began appearing in the "Hellzapoppin"
comedy revue with Johnson and his partner, Ole Olsen.
He went on to appear in numerous films with Jerry
Lewis and in such TV shows as "The
Time Tunnel," "McHale's
Navy and "The
Red Skelton Show." He was also a stuntman in
such 1950s and '60s TV shows as "Cheyenne,"
6," "Hawaiian Eye," "The
Roaring 20s" and "Stagecoach."
He was particularly fond of his Robot role, once saying
he came to consider the suit a "home
away from home.".
Survivors include his wife Judith; his daughter Deborah;
his son, Martin; and four grandchildren.
Bob May and his wife Judy were long time friends of
HighTechScience.org founder Richard Newman and
his family. He was loved by all and will be very missed.