Bill Mumy Poster

Quotes (8)

  • I had a great time doing Lost in Space (1965). With the exception of a couple of days, I don't have any unpleasant memories of the show. The only thing I'm bitter about in a sense is that the show runs constantly in syndication and none of the actors get paid. Nonetheless, I made a lot of money at the time, my family invested it well for me, and I have a lot of nice things. I can't complain.
  • [asked about real-life sibling rivalry between his actor-children, Seth Mumy and Liliana Mumy] . . . If my kids could wish each other into the cornfield, as it were, they'd LIVE there. I mean, they'd be in that cornfield all the time.
  • [Before Lost in Space (1965)] From the age of four I was a huge comic fan and still am. When "Lost in Space" came along it was like being in a huge comic, so we jumped at the chance of being part of that project and it proved to be a good choice.
  • I'd been working quite prolifically for about five or six years before we started Lost in Space (1965). One week I'd be a scary mutant in The Twilight Zone (1959) and another I'd be a nice little kid in a Disney movie.
  • [on being more than an actor] I'm very lucky to work in so many different arenas of the entertainment industry and I do enjoy them all, but making music--original music-in the studio or live onstage is definitely my favorite thing to do.
  • [on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Jonathan Harris, who played Dr. Zachary Smith] Oh, he just loved Dr. Smith. He loved him when he was such a snarly villain, and he loved him when he was a lovable buffoon. He created that character, single-handedly, and no, I don't think he had any trouble being a nasty, villain kind of a character. He was a versatile actor, and loved doing it. I loved Jonathan very much, he was a great friend.
  • [of Jonathan Harris] I never really had too many uncomfortable moments working with any actor. I was comfortable working with most everybody. It's just the more that Jonathan and I did together, the more he changed the character. He really changed the character of Dr. Smith himself. He really turned him from a snarling saboteur villain to this bumbling insulting kook. The more he played it for comedy, the more Irwin Allen liked it. The show really went the way that Jonathan led it. But we had great chemistry together, and we never had a bad day. We were always prepared, as was Bobby May who was inside the robot. When we had our work to do--and I think this is a very big reason the way it went--they'd get us done in a couple of takes. Nobody screwed up. It was easier for the crew and it was easier for us, and people seemed to like it.
  • [on Alfred Hitchcock] I hated him! He scared me to death... Until he died, every time I was at Universal, I would go the long way around several soundstages to bypass his office.