Longtime TV Star Dies At 87

Mark Goddard, renowned for his portrayal of Major Don West in the iconic 1960s TV series “Lost in Space,” has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. Although widely recognized for his role in the space-centric drama, Goddard’s acting career spanned far beyond that singular character. Notable credits include appearances in “The Detectives,” “Johnny Ringo,” and the cult classic “Blue Sunshine,” showcasing his versatility and talent on screen. His tenure on “Lost in Space” from 1965 to 1968 solidified his place in television history.

However, the recent passing of Mark Goddard, at the age of 87, has left fans and colleagues mourning the loss of a beloved actor. His wife, Evelyn Pezzulich, and former co-star Bill Mumy confirmed the somber news of Goddard’s demise. He succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that had afflicted him in his final days.

In a heartfelt Facebook post, Pezzulich revealed that her husband breathed his last on October 10th, mere days after celebrating his 87th birthday. Initially hospitalized for pneumonia, Goddard’s condition worsened as doctors diagnosed him with advanced pulmonary fibrosis, a terminal illness with no known cure. Pezzulich expressed gratitude for the opportunity to bid farewell to her husband, emphasizing his peaceful passing and the profound love shared between them.

Bill Mumy, echoing the sentiments of many, paid tribute to his dear friend of nearly six decades. Recalling their last exchange of affectionate words, Mumy reminisced about their enduring bond and the cherished memories they created together over the years.

Beyond his acting prowess, Goddard was a man of diverse interests and talents. In a surprising career transition in 1991, he embarked on a new path as a special education teacher, dedicating two decades of his life to nurturing and supporting students with unique learning needs.

Throughout his life, Goddard experienced the joys and challenges of love and marriage. His first marriage to Marcia E Rogers, which produced two children, ended in divorce after eight years. His second marriage to Susan Anspach also concluded in divorce, despite the birth of their child. However, it was his union with Evelyn Pezzulich in 1990 that endured until his passing, marking a lifetime of love and companionship.

Mark Goddard leaves behind a legacy that transcends his roles on screen. He is survived by his devoted wife, Evelyn Pezzulich, his children, and the countless fans who will forever cherish his contributions to the world of entertainment. As we bid farewell to this esteemed actor, we honor his memory and celebrate the impact he made on both stage and screen.