Archive for the ‘Television Movies’ Category

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond

1st August 2019
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with a foreword written by Lost in Space star, Bill Mumy.

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy is now shipping and is the ultimate Irwin Allen coffee table book. This beautifully presented hardback book runs at 600 colour pages with many never before seen photos, storyboards and blueprints.

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with a foreword written by Lost in Space star, Bill Mumy.

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen covers all of Irwin Allen’s productions with chapters dedicated to each of the hugely popular sci-fi series. Through this book, we gain knowledge on the production of both the early movies and the later disaster movies, culminating in a final chapter which illustrates how the productions continue thrive for new generations including the exciting Netflix Lost in Space. Available exclusively at www.creaturefeatures.com.

David Hedison

23rd July 2019
David Hedison - Star of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

It is hard to find the words and is with deep shock that we have to bring you the very sad news that actor and star of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, David Hedison, passed away on Thursday 18th July 2019 at the age of 92. This news is heartbreaking for all his family, friends, and his legion of longtime fans around the world. David gave so much pleasure to so many people through his work in the field of entertainment and his career continued with a wealth of public appearances at conventions and signings. So many of our visitors and members have had the opportunity to meet and chat with David. In our small corner of the entertainment universe, the Irwin Allen world, David is fondly and lovingly remembered for his role of Captain Crane in the hugely popular sci-fi series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Voyage in peace, our beloved Captain Crane.

Here are just some of the tributes and obituaries paying homage to David Hedison:

BBC Tribute

Variety

Hollywood Reporter

USA Today

Deadline Obituary

Daily Star

Mirror

Robert Dowdell

25th January 2018

Robert Dowdell as Lt. Commander Chip Morton in the classic TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

A very, very sad start to the new year with the passing on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 of one of the most popular stars of Irwin Allen’s television productions, Robert Dowdell, who was best known for his role of Lt. Commander Chip Morton in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Much loved around the globe, Chip was often the straight guy to several other comedic characters in the show, and he played the role superbly. Irwin Allen also featured Robert in two of his made for television movies, City Beneath the Sea (1971) and Outrage (1986). He will be sorely missed by his legion of fans and will live on through his work and the love that engendered. Our thoughts at this time are with all of his family, friends, and fans.

Facebook notice from Robert’s cousin

Rodger E. Maus

19th April 2017

We have learned the very sad news that Emmy award winning and Oscar nominated Art Director and Production Designer Rodger E. Maus, who worked for many of Irwin Allen’s productions, passed away last month (16th March 2017) at the age of 84. You only have to browse around our site to see the results of his work, be it the design of the Lost in Space Space Pod or the sub-orbital spaceship, the Spindrift, from Land of the Giants.
Rodger E. Maus Space Pod and Spindrift blueprints

We were honoured to meet with Rodger Maus in 1992 in Los Angeles and he was a charming gentleman. Below is a photograph of Rodger reading our Land of the Giants 25th Anniversary Special.

Rodger E. Maus in 1992

Rodger Ernest Maus Obituary

Francine York Memorial Celebration

29th March 2017

A memorial to celebrate the life of actress Francine York (who passed away in January) is being held on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood LA. If you would like to attend, please click the image below for a PDF flyer containing details of the event.

Francine York Memorial Celebration Flyer

Click here or on image above for PDF of Francine’s Memorial Flyer

Francine York Memorial Celebration

Lawrence Montaigne

29th March 2017

Lawrence Montaigne in City Beneath the Sea Presentation reel

Lawrence Montaigne, a guest in several Irwin Allen TV episodes, passed away on 17th March 2017 at the age of 86. Irwin Allen fans will know him from The Time Tunnel episodes Massacre (as Yellow Elk, 1966) and Idol of Death (as Captain Alvarado, 1967) as well as Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode Man-Beast (as Dr. Braddock, 1968) . He also appeared as Dr. Aquila in the City Beneath the Sea presentation reel in 1969. We understand that he has recently been working on revising his autobiography for Jacobs Brown Press based upon his book “A Vulcan Odyssey.”

Hollywood Reporter Obituary

Don Matheson

1st July 2014

Don Matheson at the Land of the Giants commentary recording in April 2011It is with immense sadness that we have learned that our longtime friend and star of Land of the Giants, Don Matheson has passed away. Our thoughts at this time are with Deanna Lund, his daughter Michele, and all of his family and friends. Don participated in a wonderful Land of the Giants reunion with us in July 1991 and his sparkling sense of humour shone through as he recalled their times together in the sixties with his fellow cast mates. Since then he has been a popular guest at events and a couple of years ago he participated in the amazing commentary the cast of Land of the Giants did for the British Land of the Giants DVD release. If you have any messages of sympathy that you would like us to pass to his family and to share with fellow fans, please email us at our contact email address.

Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 62

14th December 2013

Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 62

The upcoming Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 62 on 21 December 2013 features a number of Irwin Allen items including an original Flying Sub miniature, the Polidor and Vulcan sub props, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea TV title art, a rare Will Robinson figure and several scripts.

Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 62 – Irwin Allen Lots

Profiles in History Web Site

Nautilus Filming Miniature

15th July 2013

Nautilus Filming Miniature

The next Profiles in History Hollywood Auction on 28-29 July 2013 features several Irwin Allen items including the original filming miniature of the Nautilus submarine that appeared in Irwin Allen’s The Return of Captain Nemo. Other items in the auction include an original piece of title concept art from the 1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea movie and a metal wrench prop from Voyage and Lost in Space.

Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 56

Ernest Borgnine 1917-2012

9th July 2012

Ernest Borgnine, star of The Poseidon Adventure, Fire, When Time Ran Out, and Alice in Wonderland has passed away aged 95. Up until very recently he had been attending signing events with other members of The Poseidon Adventure cast and will be much missed by Irwin Allen and movie fandom.

BBC Tribute

Los Angeles Times

Time Entertainment