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1966 Articles from the 20th Century Fox Lost In Space Press Books
Originally donated by Rochelle Dubrow.
From the 20th Century Fox Lost In Space Press Books from season one and two. -- 1966
"Space" Hero Williams wants no spurs on him
"One of the many things I can thank producer Irwin Allen for is a horse -- or the lack of it," said Guy Williams on the set of Allen's way way out series, "Lost in Space" now being filmed in color for its second season on CBS-TV at 20th Century-Fox Television.
"It's not that I have anything against any particular horse, or even against horses as a whole, but it was Irwin who got me off the back of the beats and let me act with both feet on the ground," Williams said.
"Of course, in 'Space' we aren't sure what ground we are walking on but for once in my career I am in front of the camera on my own two feet," he said.
Williams became one of the most popular stars in television a few years ago in the title role of "Zorro" but the actor seldom was able to climb off a horse and emote as Guy Williams. It was the same with his guest-star stints on "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke." Even in his motion pictures he was astride the quadrupeds more than he was on the ground, in the likes of "The Sign of Zorro" and "The Prince and the Pauper."
To be sure, Williams has always been the swashbuckling hero, but it took his latest role to prove to him that audiences were rooting for him as a person rather than as a jockey.
"I'm just using horses as a cover-up for my true feelings about 'Lost in Space'," Williams explained. "The series has become such a part of my life that I get excited when I start to talk about it. One of the things I am grateful for is that the series is fun to work on. We actually look forward to getting our scripts on each new episode to find out what adventure Irwin and his writing staff have mapped out for us."
"I never know whether I'll be sailing 50 over the earth in a space belt, wrestling with some outer-space monster, battling wits with Jonathon Harris or just being domestic in a space-age pioneering way with my television family."
"Lost in Space," is seen every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in color over CBS-TV.
"Thanks to Irwin Allen, I've finally joined the 20th Century," grinned a handsome actor named Guy Williams.
Actually, Guy should have said the "21st Century," perhaps. Last year when he blasted off as Dr. John Robinson in producer Irwin Allen's way way out series, "Lost in Space," the year was 1999.
Now, as the 20th Century-Fox Television series heads into its second year on CBS-TV every Wednesday night in color, it would be only proper to update the time of "Lost in Space" to the year 2000 -- which is the beginning of the 21st Century.
At any rate, the actor considers his present role the highpoint in a career that has ranged from photographer's model to emulating Douglas Fairbanks' swashbuckling heroics.
Possibly no other actor could give the part the right blend of authority, attractiveness and masculinity as Williams. The series was one of the hit shows of the 1965-66 season and is a sure bet to set video milestones with a lengthy run on television in the seasons to come.
Williams is the son of the late Attilio Catalano, New York insurance broker, and Claire Catalano, an Italian couple who came to America several years before Guy was born.
The Catalanos sought to give Guy the best education possible. He attended grade school in New York and later he went to George Washington High School. He received his advanced education at Peekskill Military Academy.
"I'm afraid I was a pretty indifferent student, though," said Williams. "The only subject I excelled in was mathematics. I imagine my folks welcomed their privacy when I was sent to the academy, too!"
Guy earned his first dollar when he was still attending high school, working occasional hours in a soda fountain.
His schooling completed, Guy decided to tackle modeling in New York City. His father wanted him to pursue a brokerage career, but Guy had other ideas.
He met his future wife, the lovely Powers model Janice Cooper, on a modeling assignment.
"We had to look like we were going skiing and the big action of the ad came when I had to tighten my ski boots. The photographer shot this sequence about 50 times, and by the time he had finished, I had gotten to know Janice pretty well!"
After a whirlwind six-city courtship, Guy and Janice were married in New York, and as Guy puts it, "we consolidated our finances."
In 1952, Guy was interviewed in New York by Hollywood drama coach Sophie Rosenstein. Sophie tested him in New York and returned to Hollywood to recommend that Universal-International Studios place him under contract. Before coming to the coast and signing his U-I contract, Williams managed to find regular acting work in New York's Neighborhood Playhouse and in such television productions as Studio One.
He remained under his Universal contract for a year, but wasn't given any major assignment there. Shortly before winding up his work at U-I, he was badly injured in a fall from a horse. He bears a long scar on his left shoulder as a remembrance of the accident.
Somewhat discouraged by his first movie experience, Williams returned to New York to continue acting there and do occasional modeling. It wasn't until early 1957 that he decided to try again in Hollywood. This time, he brought with him another of the family: Steve, a curly-haired blond, born in 1952. (The Williams' have since welcomed daughter Toni, born in 1958).
His second visit to Hollywood led to his long career as the swashbuckling "Zorro" in television for Walt Disney.
Guy resides in a three-level Spanish type "hacienda" close to Hollywood Boulevard. The 15-room home, built in movie town's "golden era," has been modernized throughout. A swimming pool adds the latter-day California touch.
Despite his protestations of being an indifferent school student, Guy is extremely well-read and can hold his own in any discussion on ancient history or theology.
Williams also is one of the country's better chess players, having competed in tournaments against several of America's top chessmen.
A better-than-average cook, Guy's specialty is an Italian dish named risotto a la milanaise, but he admits that Janice can prepare it better than anyone he knows.
Sign of Zorro"
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