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Best remembered for his role as young Will Robinson on the television classic Lost in Space, actor/musician/writer Bill Mumy was born February 1, 1954 in San Gabriel, CA; after beginning his TV career at age five with an appearance on the series Riverboat, he went on to appear on countless programs in the years to follow, including guest shots on smashes like The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Mumy additionally made his film debut with 1960's The Wizard of Bagdad, going on to roles in features including 1963's A Child Is Waiting and 1965's Dear Brigitte. Also in 1965 he was cast on Lost in Space, remaining with the cult-favorite series until it ceased production three years later.
In 1970 Mumy turned to music, forming the satiric duo Barnes & Barnes with Robert Haimer; a decade later, they earned their greatest visibility thanks to their famed video clip "Fish Heads," a broadcast staple during the early years of MTV. In 1991, he also earned an Emmy nomination for his original music for the Disney series Adventures in Wonderland. With fellow actor Miguel Ferrer, Mumy also formed the rock outfit the Jenerators, issuing their self-titled debut album in 1994; the two also collaborated on a number of comic book titles, including The Comet Man, The Dreamwalker and Trypto, The Acid Dog. (From 1991 to 1993, Mumy also wrote a comic series based on the original Lost in Space.) From 1993 to 1998, he returned to weekly television as a member of the cast of the sci-fi hit Babylon 5; his debut solo album, Dying to Be Heard, appeared in 1997. In the Current followed two years later. Pandora's Box (2000) and After Dreams Come True (2001) marked his first releases for the new millennium.