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Mark Goddard

Birth Date: July 24, 1936 / Age: 77
Birth Place: Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Biography: Mark was born in Lowell Massachusetts in 1936 and was the youngest of five children. His birth name was "Charles Goddard". Mark was raised in Scituate Massachusetts. He led both his High School baseball and basketball teams to the state championship finals. Mark dreamed of becoming a basketball player but reality caused him to turn to acting. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. After two years, he moved to Los Angeles.

Mark's good looks and charisma were hard to resist, and in 1959 after just three weeks in Hollywood, he landed a role in the television series, "Johnny Ringo" playing the character of "Cully". At this time, he changed his name to "Mark Goddard" at the suggestion of his friend and mentor, Chuck Conners. He was also signed for a role lasting 3 years in the TV show "The Detectives". The next role he played gained him the most popularity. Mark was hard not to notice in his form fitting space suits on the TV series "Lost in Space". He played the daring and delicious "Major Donny West". The original pilot however, was a lot different from the actual show. Many fans feel this was the best episode. In it, Mark played a doctor instead of just a pilot, and was in more scenes then his character usually was in the series. The pilot was much more serious and had more scary parts than the show which became (to its demise) more of a comedy than a science fiction. Fans were not very happy when his role was cut down drastically. He was the character everyone wanted to see more of. Mark also starred in roles on series like "Mod Squad" and "The Fall Guy". At one point he moonlighted as a Hollywood agent. In 1976 he starred as politician "Edward Fleming" in the movie "Blue Sunshine"--a must see for die hard fans! "Blue Sunshine" is a retro sixties type of movie and is the most artistic of all Mark's films. In 1978 he starred with Liza Minneli in "The Act", (a broadway musical). He also became "Ted Clayton" on "One Live to Live" and his character on "The Doctors" killed Alec Baldwin. Later Mark also starred as Derek Barrington on "General Hospital".

Mark finished college after thirty years and went on to receive his Masters Degree in Education. He made a cameo appearance in 1998, in the movie "Lost in Space" where his good looks were down played for his role as a General. He is currently a special education teacher at the F.L. Chamberlain School in Middleboro, Massachusetts.

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Lost in Space (1965) ... Maj. Donald (Don) West




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