02-01 Happy birthday to Bill Mumy, Born: February 1, 1954.
Charles William “Bill” Mumy Jr., sometimes credited as Billy Mumy, is an actor from San Gabriel, California, who played Crewman Kellin in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “The Siege of AR-558”. Mumy had wanted to appear on the show for some time prior to this episode but he only wanted to play a Human, as he had worn alien makeup for years as a cast member of Babylon 5. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
Mumy is perhaps best known for his childhood role as young Will Robinson on the classic science fiction series Lost in Space from 1965 through 1968.
By the time he took on that role, however, he had already been acting in television and films for five years, having joined show business at his own insistence – at the age of five. Furthermore, Mumy’s parents raised him properly in this unusual life for a child, carefully invested his earnings and all together ensured he would mature into a well adjusted adult. Prior to Lost in Space, Mumy appeared on such classic shows as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Wagon Train, Perry Mason, The Fugitive, The Munsters, Bewitched, and several episodes of The Twilight Zone, most notably 1961’s “It’s a Good Life”. In addition, he made appearances in films like 1963’s A Child Is Waiting and Palm Springs Weekend and 1965’s Dear Brigitte.
Following the cancellation of Lost in Space in 1968, Mumy starred in the 1969 Walt Disney film Rascal. In 1971, he starred in Stanley Kramer’s drama Bless the Beasts & Children, and in 1973, he had a supporting role in the classic biographical film Papillon.
Also in 1973, Mumy portrayed the role of Weaver in the TV movie Sunshine. Mumy would reprise his role in a short-lived 1975 series also entitled Sunshine and a 1977 TV movie follow-up, Sunshine Christmas. Besides these, Mumy’s only other TV credits during the 1970s were two episodes of The Rockford Files, including the pilot.
Mumy did very little in film or television during the 1980s. His only notable credits during this time was an appearance in Twilight Zone: The Movie and a guest spot on Matlock. His career picked up some speed in the early 1990s with roles in the films Captain America (1990) and Double Trouble (1992) and appearances on The Flash and Superboy.
In 1994, Mumy began starring in Babylon 5, playing the role of Lennier.
In 1996, he and Peter David co-created the short lived science fiction series Space Cases for the children’s cable channel Nickelodeon.
After Babylon 5 ended in 1998, and after he appeared on Deep Space Nine, Mumy went on to reprise his role as the supernatural Anthony Fremont from the “It’s a Good Life” episode of The Twilight Zone in a follow-up story for UPN’s 2002-03 version of Twilight Zone entitled “It’s Still a Good Life”, written by Ira Steven Behr. In 2006, he co-starred in the TV movie Shockwave (a.k.a. A.I. Assault). Additionally, Mumy continues to expand his credits in the field of voice acting, having lent his voice to a number of animated TV programs and direct-to-video films.
Mumy is also a musician and is one-half of the popular “novelty rock” duo Barnes & Barnes along with childhood friend Robert Haimer. The duo is perhaps most famous for their song “Fish Heads”. He and Haimer co-wrote and starred in an animated short based on this song in 1982.
Before his appearance on Deep Space Nine, Mumy had worked in Star Trek on one previous occasion: he co-wrote (with Peter David) three issues of the DC TOS volume 2 series of comics. The story depicted the Enterprise-A’s encounter with The Worthy, a group of alien characters modeled after the cast of Lost in Space, who had, predictably enough, been lost in space for centuries.
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