Mark Goddard is an American actor who has starred in a number of television programs. He is best known for portraying Major Don West, the adversary of Dr. Zachary Smith (played by Jonathan Harris), in the CBS series Lost in Space (1965-68). He also played Detective Sgt. Chris Ballard on The Detectives, starring Robert Taylor.
In 1959, after just three weeks in Hollywood, he landed a role in the CBS Four Star Television series Johnny Ringo, having played the character of Cully, the deputy to Don Durant’s character of Ringo. Goddard appeared as Norman Tabor in the 1960 episode “Surprise Party” of the CBS anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson. He was cast as Sheldon Hollingsworth in the 1960 episode “To See the Elephant” of the ABC western series The Rebel, starring Nick Adams. He played Tod Rowland in the 1960 episode “The Mormons” on Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater.
Goddard also was signed for a role lasting three years and 64 episodes in The Detectives, another series produced by Four Star Television. The Detectives was a hit series which ran on ABC and NBC from 1958 to 1961. In 1963, Goddard appeared as Roy Mooney on the Perry Mason episode “The Case of the Potted Planter”.
In 1965, he played Lester Crawford in “The Case of the Frustrated Folk Singer.” He also appeared with Keir Dullea as sparring college roommates in an episode of ABC’s drama series Channing, costarring Jason Evers and Henry Jones. He was featured in the 1965 film A Rage to Live, starring Suzanne Pleshette. From 1964 to 1965, Goddard starred in Many Happy Returns, in which he portrayed Bob Randall, the young husband of Joan Randall, played by Elinor Donahue.
Goddard’s next role was for the three seasons of Lost in Space (1965–68), in which he played Major Don West. The original 1965 pilot was much different from the pilot that aired and the episodes that followed in the actual series. There was a blossoming romance between Don West and Judy, the elder daughter of the Robinson family, but it did not extend further than the first season. By the middle of the second season, the show took on a more comic tone.
Goddard guest starred on three ABC series, The Fugitive, The Mod Squad and The Fall Guy and for a while, moonlighted as a Hollywood agent. In 1976, he starred as politician Edward Fleming in the movie Blue Sunshine. In 1970, Goddard co-starred with Kent McCord, and Martin Milner in an episode of Adam-12, in which he plays a friend of Pete Malloy (Milner) who is killed in the line of duty. The episode was entitled “Elegy for a Pig” (so titled and announced by Jack Webb himself).
In 1979, Goddard was in the disco movie Roller Boogie featuring Linda Blair and Jim Bray. Goddard starred as Ted Clayton on One Life to Live and Lt. Paul Reed on The Doctors. Later, Goddard starred as Derek Barrington on General Hospital. He made a cameo appearance in the reboot film Lost in Space (1998) as the general in charge of the Jupiter Mission and superior officer to his former character Major Don West.
Goddard finished college 30 years after beginning his studies and received his master’s degree in education from Bridgewater State College. From 1991 through at least 2009, he served as a special education teacher at the F.L. Chamberlain School in Middleboro, Massachusetts, where he taught an acting class. In 2009, he released an autobiographical memoir To Space and Back. While at Bridgewater State College, he met his future wife, English professor Evelyn Pezzulich. The couple has one child, John. He has two children by his second marriage to actress Susan Anspach.