I am sad to say that The Hollywood Reporter reports that Robert Kinoshita, creator of Robby the Robot and Robot B-9 from the Lost in Space series, has died at the age of 100 years old. He passed away December 9 at a nursing home facility in Torrence Ca.
Mr Kinoshita, born in Los Angeles in 1914, grew up in Boyle Heights and graduated from the USC School of Architecture. His first movie work came in Universal’s Oscar winning 1937 film 100 Men and a Girl but the man would go on to make an indelible mark on genre entertainment. During World War II Mr Kinoshita and his wife Lillian were sent to an internment camp where the master craftsman continued to hone his skills in industrial design and fabrication. He returned to movies in 1950, picked up by MGM as a designer on the classic Forbidden Planet. From there he went on to Sea Hunt, World of Giants, Project UFO and of course Lost in Space among many other shows and movies.
Mr Kinoshita was a master at his craft and his unique vision of the future would quietly influence the look of genre production for years to come. It was a vision that continues to hold a sweet spot in the hearts of the many, both young and old, who have enjoyed his work in years past.