Mark Goddard: A Beloved Actor Remembered

Mark Goddard in "Lost in Space"

Mark Goddard, the talented actor known for his role as Major Don West in the iconic 1960s TV series “Lost in Space,” has left a lasting mark on the entertainment industry. But his acting career went far beyond this beloved character. With notable appearances in shows like “The Detectives,” “Johnny Ringo,” and the cult classic film “Blue Sunshine,” Goddard showcased his versatility and talent on screen. It was his work on “Lost in Space” from 1965 to 1968 that 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 passed away from pulmonary fibriosis, a condition that had afflicted him in his final days.

In a heartfelt Facebook post, Pezzulich shared that her husband took his last breath on October 10th, just days after celebrating his 87th birthday. Initially hospitalized for pneumonia, Goddard’s condition worsened when doctors diagnosed him with advanced pulmonary fibrosis, a terminal illness with no known cure. Pezzulich expressed gratitude for the opportunity to say goodbye to her husband, highlighting his peaceful passing and the profound love they shared.

Bill Mumy, a dear friend of Goddard for nearly six decades, paid tribute to him. Reflecting on their last loving words to each other, Mumy fondly recalled their enduring bond and the cherished memories they created together over the years.

Beyond his acting talents, Goddard was a man of diverse interests and talents. In a surprising career transition in 1991, he became a special education teacher, dedicating twenty years 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 ended in divorce, despite the birth of their child. However, it was his union with Evelyn Pezzulich in 1990 that lasted until his passing, marking a lifetime of love and companionship.

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