Updated: January 25, 2018
B-9 ROBOT PHOTO GALLERY #01
Everyone's favorite Robot B-9 from "Lost In Space", Bob May the real man inside the silver metal mechanical man.
Born in 1939, Bob May's career began at the age of two years old in
1941, working with his grandfather, Chic Johnson of the "Hellzapoppin"
comedy team of Olsen and Johnson. May worked with his family playing
theatres, nightclubs and hotel supper clubs all over the world, along
with their many television shows.
May left the family show on two separate occasions. The first time
to go to New York City where, for a year, he performed in the
Broadway hit, "LIFE WITH FATHER" in the role of Harlin. The second
time was when he was cast in an even bigger role for Uncle Sam.
However, this did not curtail performing with his family, when he
could wrangle a furlough.
Bob Mays' career was not impaired by the service since the USO
needed in-house performers when the outside shows could not reach
the camps. Bob gave much to the entertainment of the soldiers, as he
produced and performed in many productions during, his stint.
Bob's Hollywood debut was with the encouragement and confidence of
the ever popular Jerry Lewis. This was the first of nine pictures
with Jerry that would set Bob firmly in Hollywood as an established
and revered actor in many films as seen in his resume. It was
without question that Bob would find his way into the living rooms
of the American home. On most any night he could be found performing
in such shows as; "RED SKELTON", "McHALE'S NAVY", and as The Robot
in Irwin Allen's "LOST IN SPACE".
When Irwin Allen could not use Bob May in his Robinson family cast
for LIS, someone suggested to Irwin that Bob would be short enough
to fit inside the robot, as they needed someone to be "inside" the
torso to work the controls and lights etc. Although being inside
Robot B-9 was still a bit of a squeeze for Bob, he managed to fit
inside the robot's torso and became the physical presence of the now
legendary mechanical man.
Intermixed with all of the shows, Bob still finds time to work in
his first loved medium, nightclubs. He has worked the gambit from
coast to coast in such well known clubs as - The Latin Quarter, The
Riviera, and Chicago's well known hot spot, The Chez Paris.
Since Bob had the groundwork laid, thanks to his grandfather, he
established himself in the areas of producing and directing. From
him, Bob learned what a show needed in order to make it a success.
Bob May has not only directed his own productions, but also for
Olsen and Johnson, as well as serving as Jerry Lewis' dialogue
director and looping director.
Bob is married to Judy May. They have adult children and
MOTION PICTURES - NEW INTERNS YOUNG INTERNS; ALL FALL DOWN; ENSIGN
PULLVER; BEACH BLANKET BINGO; A TIGER WALKS QUICK BEFORE IT MELTS;
ROUSTABOUT; JAILHOUSE ROCK; HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT
REALLY TRYING; LAST BOY SCOUT; PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND; HARLOW 9; JERRY
LEWIS' FILMS (STARTING WITH "NUTTY PROFESSOR".
CABLE TELEVISION - SCI-FI SPACE SPECIAL; SCI-FI CHANNEL INTRO; ALL
SPORTS (FOOTBALL SHOW); OLSEN & JOHNSON TRIBUTE; LOST IN SPACE
TRIBUTE; THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN; SCI-FI ROBOT
SPECIAL;COMMERCIALS PEPSI, MRS. FILBERRS PUDDING, CHEVRON, MR.
CLEAN, AJAX, BELL TELEPHONE, INDUSTRIAL SHOWS, CHRYSLER DODGE,
TELEVISION - ARREST IN TRIAL; STREETS OF LAREDO; HIGH SCHOOL ALL-
AMERICAN; F.B.I.; 12 O'CLOCK HIGH; 77 SUNSET STRIP; HAWAIIAN EYE;
THE BUICK SHOW; ALL STAR REVIEW; COLGATE COMEDY HOUR; RED SKELTON
SHOW; SKATE BIRDS; THE ROARING 20'S; STUDS; DR. KILDARE; DOBIE
GILLIS; RIFLEMAN; SURFSIDE 6; TIME TUNNEL; VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF
THE SEA; McHALE'S NAVY; LOST IN SPACE; MR. NOVAK; NO TIME FOR
SERGEANTS; FAMILY FEUD; THE LIEUTENANTS; MILTON BERLE SHOW; STEVE
ALLAN SHOW; CHEYENNE; THIS IS YOUR LIFE; GOOD MORNING, AMERICA;
DONNA REED SHOW; KELLY & CO.SPECIAL TOURS; HARLEM
GLOBETROTTERS; SKATING VANITIES; THEATER IN THE ROUND.
U.S.A. SERVICE CAMP; WORLD WAR II TOUR OLSEN & JOHNSON LONDON AND
NIGHTCLUBS & HOTEL SUPPER CLUBS LATIN QUARTER - NEW YORK RIVIERA -
LAS VEGAS CHEZ PARIS - CHICAGO RIVERSIDE - RENO HELLZAPOPPIN CLUB
MIAMI FLAMINGO - LAS VEGAS LAST FRONTIER - LAS VEGAS MINT - LAS
VEGAS BEVERLY HILLS COUNTRY CLUB-KENTUCKY ADOLPHIS - DALLAS
MONTELEONE - NEW ORLEANS FAIRMONT - SAN FRANCISCO ITALIAN VILLAGE -
SAN FRANCISCO COLONIAL INN - ST. PETERSBURG CHASE HOTEL - ST. LOUIS
MULBOCK HOTEL - KANSAS CITY (And many, many more).
STAGE PRODUCTIONS - SON'S A FUN; LAUGHING ROOM; ONLY STANDING ROOM
ONLY; PARDON OUR FRENCH; LIFE WITH FATHER; PARDON OUR ANTENNA;
HELLZA - SPLASHIN OKLAHOMA (ARMY BASE) GUYS & DOLLS (ARMY BASE)
HELLZAPOPPIN - VARIOUS EDITIONS FUNS - A - BUSTINSPECIAL SHOWS NAVY
RELIEF SHOWS CANADIAN NATIONAL EXPOSITION (CNE) IOWA STATE FAIR NEW
YORK STATE FAIR OMAHA HOME SHOW LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPT. SHOW HIGH
HOPES (SPECIAL OLYMPICS SHOW) TEXAS LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOW RETIRED
F.B.I. & SECRET SERVICE PRESIDENT TRUMAN PRESIDENT NIXON PRESIDENT
REAGAN TEMPLE EMANUEL LT. GOVERNOR REINECKE FATHER FLANIGAN'S BOY'S
VIDEO TAPES - ROBOT MEMORIES; LOST IN SPACE; SEMI - PRO FOOTBALL
HIGHLIGHTS; VARIOUS THEATRICAL ROASTS; VARIOUS LIVE RADIO SHOWS;
TECHNICAL BACKGROUND PRODUCER - 43 YEARS DIRECTOR - 46 YEARS STAGE
MANAGER - 42 YEARS LIGHTING DIRECTOR - 43 YEARS STUNT COORDINATOR -
10 YEARS DIALOGUE DIRECTOR - 5 YEARS LOOPING DIRECTOR - 5 YEARS
SPECIAL EVENTS COODINATOR -20 YEARS WRITER - 20 YEARS DANCE
DIRECTOR - 25 YEARS CO-PRODUCER - 3 YEARSINTERESTS BEING WITH MY
FAMILY GOLF SOFTBALL FOOTBALL BASKETBALL HORSEBACK RIDING SINGING
DANCING FISHING PHOTOGRAPHY COACHING FOOTBALL BOATING SPECIAL
OLYMPICS SCI FI CONVENTIONS PUBLIC APPEARANCES