You may not know that name if you’re an average mainstreamer, but chances are, if you’re reading a site called Nerd Monkey, you’re probably familiar with him. Dick Tufeld was an announcer, actor, and voice actor from the 1950’s forward, starting out as the lead announcer of the 1950’s Zorro television show. However, he’s probably most known for his work on the hit television show Lost in Space. Dick was the all too familiar robot voice we heard in every episode – and in the 1990’s “reboot” – calling, “Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!”
Unfortunately for us all, Mr. Tufeld died on January 22, just one and a half months after his 85th birthday. The official cause of death has not been released as of this writing.
While Dick Tufeld was mostly known as the voice of the robot on Lost in Space, he was an all-around nerd hero in so many other roles. For instance, Dick did narration for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and The Time Tunnel, and did voice work for the 1978 animated television series The Fantastic Four. Dick was also the main narrator for the 1979 Spider Woman series, a job he enjoyed so much, he reprized his role as a main title announcer in the Spider Man and his Amazing Friends series of 1981.
His career in television and radio will be a long lasting memory to those of us who enjoyed his incredible work. His amazing voice will live on as we continue to pay tribute to the true classics. Not just to the classic shows, but to the classic talents. Dick’s time was a different one for show business, and for those of us who know a thing or two about it, one would be more than justified in being nostalgic for those days. The day of the glamorous actress. The days of well-spoken and professional actors. The days of creativity and innovation, where the no stars acted as limitations to what would be represented on the silver screen. More than anything, the days of the true radio and voice professional. That was Dick Tufeld. While I don’t believe in an afterlife, if one were to exist, it just got a hell of a lot more entertaining.
Tufeld is survived by two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren; and a brother, to whom we send our deepest regrets, as well as our fondest gratitudes for all of the joy Dick Tufeld brought us throughout the years. For those of you in the area, Funeral services will be held at Mount Sinai, Hollywood Hills, on Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.