Saturday, February 1, 2014
Happy Birthday, Bill Mumy
I, of course, knew him as my best friend when I was a kid—not that we've ever met, of course, but you can't spend as much time as I did following the exploits of Will Robinson and the Robot without thinking of him as your bestest pal. I imagine a lot of kids thought of him as a pal.
Mumy still acts, and he gets credit for nailing the science fiction trifecta: Lost in Space, The Twilight Zone and, with a guest appearance on Deep Space Nine, the Star Trek franchise. Hey, and if you ever get a chance, look up the sequel to that Twilight Zone episode I mentioned—Mumy, now a grown man, has spawned a daughter (played by Mumy's real-life daughter, Liliana) three times as scary as he ever was.
Check out his website here—he's a very busy man.
In addition to acting, he's also a musician and singer-songwriter, and here's something I'll bet you didn't know: remember the novelty hit "Fish Heads" back in 1979? He and Robert Haimer wrote, performed and released that as the duo Barnes & Barnes. Rolling Stone magazine once chose it #57 on the list of the greatest videos of all time. Eat 'em up, yum! (The song kicks in around the 2:18 mark:)
Mr. Mumy, for all the good times (and no bad ones that I can recall), we here at the Monkey wish you the happiest of happy birthdays.