Charles William Mumy, Jr. (born February 1, 1954), is an American actor, musician, pitchman, instrumentalist, voice-over artist and a figure in the science-fiction community. He is known primarily for his roles in movies and television, character-type roles, and who also works in television production. The red-headed Mumy came to prominence in the 1960s as a child actor, most notably as Will Robinson, the youngest of the three children of Prof. John and Dr. Maureen Robinson (Guy Williams and June Lockhart) and only friend of the nefarious and pompous Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris), in the cult 1960s CBS sci-fi television series Lost in Space. He later appeared as a lonely teenager, Sterling North, in the 1969 Disney movie, Rascal, and as Teft in the 1971 film Bless the Beasts and Children, which also featured the hit title song by the sibling musical duo The Carpenters. In the 1990s, he had a recurring role as Lennier in the syndicated sci-fi TV series Babylon 5, and he also served as narrator of A&E Network's Emmy Award-winning series, Biography.
He is well known as a player in the original The Twilight Zone, especially in the episode, "It's a Good Life," where he played the all-powerful and evil child "Anthony" who completely dominates and terrorizes his town. Mumy also played the character of young Pip, a boy who enjoyed playing with his father but was always ignored, in the episode, "In Praise of Pip," and the character of Billy Bayles, a boy who talks to his dead grandmother through a toy telephone, in the episode, "Long Distance Call." He later played an adult Anthony, whose daughter (played by his daughter, Liliana Mumy) has similar powers, in the second revival of The Twilight Zone.
Mumy was the first choice for the role of Eddie Munster, but his parents objected because of the extensive make-up, and the role went to Butch Patrick; Billy did appear in one episode as a friend of Eddie.
He is probably best known as Will Robinson from the classic 1965-68 television series Lost in Space, and as ambassadorial aide Lennier from the 1990s popular syndicated series Babylon 5, for which Mumy has garnered the praise and adoration of many fans for his depiction of both characters.
He played a Starfleet member in the acclaimed Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Siege of AR-558". To his delight, he plays a human character who assists Ezri Dax in turning cloaked Dominion mines against an army of Jem'hadar.
Mumy has released a number of solo CDs, including Dying to Be Heard, In the Current, Pandora's Box, After Dreams Come True, Los Angeles Times, and Ghosts, as well as nine albums with partner Robert Haimer as Barnes and Barnes. Their most famous hit is the song "Fish Heads", which was named as one of the top 100 videos of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
|1960||The Wizard of Baghdad||Aladdin (uncredited)|
|1961||Tammy Tell Me True||Neil Bateman (uncredited)|
|1963||A Child Is Waiting||Boy counting Jean's pearls|
|1963||A Ticklish Affair||Alex Martin|
|1963||Palm Springs Weekend||'Boom Boom' Yates|
|1965||Dear Brigitte||Erasmus Leaf|
|1968||Wild in the Streets||Boy|
|1971||Bless the Beasts and Children||Teft|
|1982||Fish Heads||Art Barnes|
|1983||Twilight Zone: The Movie||Tim (Segment #3)|
|1984||Hard to Hold||Keyboard Player|
|1991||Captain America||Young General Fleming|
|1997||The Monkey Prince||Voice of Sam|
|1997||Underground Adventure||Voice of Sam|
|1997||The Weird Al Show||UPS guy|
|2004||Comic Book: The Movie||Himself|
|2005|| Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party|
(Direct to DVD)
|Voice of Bud (Amy's father)|
I get bored doing one thing only. I've been very lucky to explore a lot of different artistic territory, and I don't see why I won't continue on that path.
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