Dick Tufeld, American voice actor and announcer, voice of Robot B-9 on Lost in Space, died he was 85
Richard Norton “Dick” Tufeld was an American actor, announcer, narrator, and voice actor from
the late 1940s until the early 21st century died he was 85..
Early life and career
Born in Los Angeles, California, to a Russian father and a Canadian mother, he spent his childhood in Pasadena, California. Tufeld attended Northwestern University‘s school of speech, and gained a job as an engineer in 1945 at KLAC, a radio station in Los Angeles.
Tufeld’s voice career began in radio. He was the announcer on The Amazing Mr. Malone on the American Broadcasting Company in early 1950 (before the show moved to New York and NBC), then on Alan Reed‘s Falstaff’s Fables,
an ABC five-minute program, starting in the fall radio season of 1950.
From October 25, 1952 to March 19, 1955, he was the announcer for the
entire run of ABC Radio‘s Space Patrol.
Television and later life
He moved to television in 1955, working in ABC daytime programming and anchoring The Three Star Final, a 15-minute newscast on KABC-TV, Los Angeles, which debuted on October 3, 1955 at noon (replacing Wrangler Jim), then moved to 11 p.m. on April 2, 1956.
Tufeld was often used as the announcer on Disney television shows, including the 1957–1959 series, Zorro, starring future Lost in Space lead Guy Williams. He had periods as the house announcer on two ABC variety series, The Hollywood Palace and The Julie Andrews Hour.
In 1954, he was cast in assorted roles in fifteen episodes of Gene Autry Productions‘s syndicated television series, Annie Oakley, starring Gail Davis and Brad Johnson.
Tufeld is perhaps best known as the voice of the Robot in the CBS television series Lost in Space, a role he reprised for the 1998 feature film. He also provided the narration voiceover for many other Irwin Allen productions, such as ABC’s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and The Time Tunnel, and did voice work for the 1978 animated television series Fantastic Four. He narrated several episodes of Thundarr the Barbarian (1980), as well. The main title narrator on the 1979 DePatie-Freleng series Spider-Woman, he was also the main title announcer on the 1981 Marvel Productions show Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
He died in 2012 of congestive heart failure.
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