Mumy strikes again: ‘Lost in Space’ actor releasing new musicWritten by Jim & Becky Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
He and his TV family may have gone missing on 1965’s “Lost in Space,” but former child star Bill Mumy has stuck to a creative path since the show’s 1968 cancellation.
The 59-year-old actor, musician and writer spoke with Toledo Free Press Star about his latest projects and Me-TV’s revival of his classic series.
TFP Star: “Lost in Space” is airing on Me-TV nearly 50 years after its initial CBS telecast. What kind of attention have the Me-TV airings garnered you?
Bill Mumy: I’m glad Me-TV is running “Lost in Space.” It makes it easier for new viewers to discover the show. I get a little cranky that we actors get no residuals from that, but that’s showbiz. It’s all good. I’ve noticed more fan mail and Facebook posts since Me-TV has been running the series.
TFP Star: How much of you was in your character Will Robinson? How much of Will Robinson might still be in you?
Mumy: Well, there was a lot of Billy Mumy in Will Robinson. I’d love to say there was a lot of Will Robinson in Billy Mumy, but that would be quite egotistical! Will was a big-time genius. He was smarter than anyone else in his family. He was smarter than Don or Dr. Smith. He programmed the robot, etc.
I’m not in his league. But we both were adventurous, impulsive and reasonably well-mannered!
TFP Star: Do you consider yourself fortunate among former child stars to have been able to continue performing as an adult? How did you survive the shift?
Mumy: I consider myself fortunate. Period. I kept working because — all ego aside — I was a decent actor.
TFP Star: Tell us a little about your new CD, “Illuminations.”
Mumy: I’ve been a musician since “Lost in Space.” There are several “Lost in Space” episodes where Will was strumming his guitar and singing. The road continues.
My current reality has produced a brand-new solo album, “Illuminations,” on the GRA (Global Recording Artists) label. I’m very proud of this CD. It looks at things that are seen and unseen. It has deeply personal songs and “journalistic” songs. I wrote and performed the entire album.
Currently there are two videos from the album — “What I Got” and “Nothing You Or I Can Do About It” — running on YouTube and two more in production.
TFP Star: What’s the coolest thing for you about your current comic book project “Curse of the Mumy?” How would you describe it to a potential reader?
Mumy: I’ve written comic books for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and other publishers since 1986. I’ve loved comic books since I was 4 years old. “Curse of the Mumy” for Bluewater is a very stylistic project. I’m attempting — successfully I hope — to tell a modern day sci-fi story in an early Golden Age, 1939-41, style, both art- and script-wise.
The kicker: The characters are based on me and my wife and a mix-up of TV, film and video characters I’ve created as an actor. Once you get past the weirdness of writing yourself as a superhero, it’s been easy and a lot of fun!