Mark Goddard, known for his roles as Derek Barrington in “General Hospital” and Major Don West in the TV series “Lost in Space,” has passed away at the age of 87. His wife, Evelyn Pezzulich, confirmed the sad news in a Facebook statement, expressing gratitude for their 33 years together.
Goddard’s health declined after being diagnosed with pneumonia shortly after his birthday. He was transferred to a rehabilitation center, but doctors later discovered he was in the final stages of pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition. Pezzulich was by his side in his final moments, along with his children.
Goddard is survived by his wife Evelyn Pezzulich and their son John, as well as his children Melissa and Michael from his first marriage to late Hollywood art consultant Marcia Rogers. Fans and colleagues, including his “Lost in Space” co-star Billy Mumy, remember him with affection.
Reflecting on Goddard’s career, Mumy mentioned his mixed feelings about “Lost in Space.” While the show brought fame, Goddard occasionally felt restricted by its campy style. He jokingly criticized the shiny spacesuits, likening them to “wrapped-aluminum baked potatoes.” Initially, Goddard aspired to roles akin to Paul Newman, and his involvement in the show was unexpected.
Eventually, he embraced the fame, participating in sci-fi conventions and even making a cameo in the 1998 “Lost in Space” movie. However, Goddard found a new calling in teaching special-needs children at the F.L. Chamberlain School in Middleboro, Massachusetts. Despite the challenges he faced, he expressed gratitude for the blessings in his life.
Mark Goddard’s contributions to the entertainment industry and his later work with special-needs children leave a lasting legacy. He will be remembered for his talent and his dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of others.