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Bob May, back row left, is seen in this 1995 photo with the original cast of the TV series Lost in Space. Joining him (clockwise from May) are Bill Mumy, Mark Goddard, Jonathan Harris, Angela Cartwright, Marta Kristen and June Lockhart.(Steven Senne/Associated Press)
"Jonathan Harris [1914-2002]: Dr. Zachary Smith. Harris was such a colorful character it was alot of fun looking back at the man as I spent time all year revisiting Lost In Space."Jonathan Harris [1914-2002]: Dr. Zachary Smith. Harris was such a colorful character it was alot of fun looking back at the man as I spent time all year revisiting Lost In Space.
Those who saw Jonathan Harris at the Stars of the Zone Convention in August 2002 saw the indefatigable guy actively signing autographs from 10 to 5 on Saturday and Sunday. No one was quite sure how many of the "over age 80" actors were able to survive the high temperature roomful of fans at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn, but Jonathan was among the survivors! Our Show was the last autograph show he did, and the hour-long panel discussion he did on Saturday was one of his last public appearances. Upon being asked to participate in the panel by Tony Albarella (who hosted), he willingly agreed and along with a select group of other actors, generously took an hour away from his photo sales to participate. He was scheduled to attend another show in New Jersey in October but reportedly cancelled for personal reasons. Jonathan was a true class act in every sense of the word. Instantly funny, infinitely talented, and proud posessor of that rare thing called mental agelessness. Undoubtedly due to good genes, he was very active right up until only a few weeks before he passed away. Co-star of "The Silence" (with Franchot Tone) and "Twenty-Two" (with Barbara Nichols), in which he played rather acerbic roles, fans of The Twilight Zone know Jonathan well. On the panel, he sat next to Arlene Martel who also had a part in "Twenty-Two," who wasn't sure if he remembered her … he assured her that he certainly did, because of her famous line, "Room for one more, honey!" That got some laughs from the audience. He talked a bit about the plans to do a two-hour movie version of Lost in Space and how he re-wrote the script to include Dr. Smith (who had originally been written out). He also mentioned his friendship with the great Rod Serling, and recalled how Rod struggled so much to get the networks to understand what he was doing for television. Mr. Harris lived in Encino, California, his home of many years, with his wife of over 60 years, Gertrude. We'll always remember "the man" for his wit and wisdom — he was one of the great ones. Salute, Jonathan.