- 1999 UPDATES
- September 9,
- "Summer's almost gone...where will we be when the summer's gone?"
Sang Jim Morrison back in 1968. Good question, Mr. Mojo Risin....
Well, let's take a look at what's been happening
Mumy-wise since our last update a few months back. Thankfully, my work
as a voice over actor has continued to be prolific. I've done eight more
commercials for Farmer's Insurance recently and that's a real good
thing! I've just taped an on camera interview for an E! special on the
late great Twilight Zone creator and writer Rod Serling, and I've been
to several conventions recently.
traveled to Boston with my "Lost in Space" family, Angela, Marta,
Jonathan, and Mark, along with Veronica Cartwright, and shared a little
time there with friends like Nicole de Boer from "Star Trek DS9", Gerard
Christopher from "Superboy", Jason Carter, Stephen Austin, Robert
Krimmer, and Robin Atkins Downes from "Babylon 5", and other sci
fi/fantasy actors at the Infinite Visions show. It was very well
attended, and everyone seemed to have a great time.
Boston is always nice. I've been there several
times. We did experience some incredible lightning, thunder and
rainstorms while there! Really intense. Got to ride on the subway, go
into town and see the sights, and have some excellent food. I did
several few radio interviews from the Samuel Adams Beer Brewery. Good
beer! Cool tour. I promoted "In the Current" which as you know, has just
Then back to Los Angeles where I
attended the Fantasticon. I always try to support that convention which
is run by Bill Cambell, because the proceeds benefit the Actor's Home
and Hospital which is a worthy cause. There were many, many cast members
from Babylon 5 there, including Peter Jurasik, Claudia Christian, Rick
Biggs, Jason Carter, and about a dozen more. The panel was totally
chaotic, but the fans seemed to love it. Angela Cartwright and I
represented the Lost in Space series at that show. Again, it was fun to
see the fans, and Glennda Kountz was there to help me and to spread the
news that she's taken over the "Official Mumy Fan club". Anyone
interested in that can email her from the homepage here. She's a very
positive and capable lady who is straightening out what unfortunately
became a mess. Give her a chance, and I know all will soon be running
smoothly with the club.
Then, it was off to San
Diego to play the 30th Anniversary party for the ComicCon. Over 30,000
fans attended the convention, and the party was packed! "Seduction of
the Innocent", the goodtime rock band that I'm a part of, reunited to
perform for the first time in five years. Max Allan Collins on vocals
and keyboards, Chris Christensen on vocals, drums, harmonica, and
guitar, Miguel Ferrer on vocals, drums, and percussion, Steve Leialoha
on bass, and me on vocals and guitar. We played two hour plus long sets
and had a really fun time. The crowd danced from top to bottom, and we
closed with "Fish Heads". The sets were professionally recorded, and
it's possible that a live CD may be put together one of these days. San
Diego was gorgeous. Sunny and breezy, and we stayed in a very nice hotel
right on the harbor. My wife and kids came and we stayed for six days
doing all the tourist things like Sea World, LegoLand, the San Diego
Zoo, and Old Town. It was hectic and nice.
back home to deal with all sorts of showbiz potential projects like
"Overload" which had now OFFICIALLY been optioned for a feature film by
Galaxy Pictures. More on that as it progresses. "Outpost Omega" the
television project written and created by Mark Hamill and I is now being
represented by a great literary agency, and we're hoping to have more
good news regarding that soon.
I've been doing
phone interviews to promote "In The Current". And I've also been writing
and recording new songs for my next CD which I believe is scheduled for
a February or March release.
And, Angela and I
continue to prolifically write our fantasy novel, and we're currently
well past 200 pages! We have the rest of it all outlined, and it's
really coming along nicely. Can't wait to get it all done and hear what
you guys think about it!
So, that's all I can
think to report on at the moment.
The world has been a very chaotic
and dangerous place lately... Let's do our best to send out positive
energy and visualize peace and harmony around us all.
"One look at you and I'm out of
Like the universe has swallowed me whole"
Mumy here with an early summer update.
Most all of my recent work has been "behind" the
camera... so, although I've been very prolific and busy lately, I have
no new acting film or TV gigs to report. Voice over wise, I've done two
more "Twix" commercials recently... "one smart cookie deserves
another...Twix." This past week saw the debut of Fox Family Channel's
special "Famous Families" biography of the youthful rock trio "Hanson",
narrated by your friend and mine,... me. Ahhh, showbiz...
Musically, I've wrapped up the packages for two
brand new CD releases. The "Be Five: Trying To Forget" CD finally hits
the stores mid July with an eighteen page booklet that includes liner
notes from, Claudia Christian, Mira Furlan, Peter Jurasik, Andreas
Katsulas, and myself... photographs by the legendary Henry Diltz, and
lots of "in the studio" snapshots taken by me and Jamie Seyberth, the
mixing engineer. Fans of Babylon 5 will definitely want to check this
My second solo CD "In The Current"
has officially gone to press, and will be out in record stores or
available through this website and others, on August 3rd. I wrote all
the songs on both projects, collaborating with Peter Jurasik and Mira
Furlan on two songs for "The Be Five". Both CD's are on Renaissance
Last week I performed live at the
Agamemcon sci-fi convention, debuting "the Bill Mumy Band"... a rock n
roll group put together to showcase my solo material. Jennifer Condos on
bass and vocals, who has toured with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Don
Henley, Stevie Nicks and many many others... Deborah Dobkin on
percussion and vocals, Deb's been working with Bonnie Raitt steadily for
many years now... Tom Hebenstreit on guitar and vocals, Tom's been in
the Jenerators with me for 9 years now! Harpo Hilfman on keyboards,...
Harpo did the Be Five record and is an amazing player... and from the
Jenerators, Chris Ross on drums. I'm really lucky to make music with
such great players. We played 14 songs, all original Mumy tunes
with the exception of "So You Wanna Be A Rock N Roll Star" (by the
Byrds) and Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower"... songs from "Dying
To Be Heard" "In The Current", "The Jenerators" "The Jenerators: Hitting
The Silk" and "The Be Five" CD's. Plus three brand new ones. I had a
real good time, and the packed room at the Hilton seemed to enjoy it
alot. I was very pleased to see such a big audience show up. We had a
few special guests in the set... David Jolliffe, from the Jenerators,
(who played "Bernie" for five years on the old "Room 222" tv series)
came up and sang on a song he and I wrote together... and for the last
three songs of the show, the lovely Claudia Christian joined us. She
sang lead on "If You Want Candy" and shared the vocals on "Might Be You'
and "It's Just A TV Show". Needless to say the audience, largely made up
of B5 fans, loved that. I hope to play with this ensemble more often. I
also hope to get some photos from the gig, and when and if I do, I'll
post them here at the website. I know the "official" photographer for
the Babylon 5 fanclub was there snapping away, so... that should be
Next for the Bill Mumy Band is a gig
booked at the Tropicana hotel in Las Vegas September 18th... to
celebrate a sci fi event that Claudia's putting together featuring
"Women of Space". Should be wild. I hope we'll play before then, though!
I'll keep you posted of any upcoming shows, here at the website.
I also recently performed my children's album
"Kiss My Boo Boo" as a solo acoustic show at the "Storyopolis" book
store/gallery. There were lots of kids and parents there, and everyone
had fun. Actually, it wasn't a totally solo performance, because my son
Seth joined me on harmonica for a few numbers, and my daughter Liliana
also got up a sang a couple of tunes with me.
There's nothing I
enjoy more than making music.
My pal Angela
Cartwright, who has taken all the photographs for my second solo CD 'In
The Current" (which hits the stores on August 3rd; Renaissance Records)
was discussing her love of faerie folklore with me, and to her surprise
she found out that I too am a big faerie folklore fan... (say it five
times fast!)... and I'm pleased to say that the two of us are currently
writing a book... a "faerie" tale if you will... the story crosses into
some sci-fi territory and really is quite different... I like it. I
don't know when that will be completed... but it's coming along
nicely... It's fun to be working with my old TV "sister" again. Be sure
to check out her websites at
I'm working on several projects with my
writing partner Peter David... most notably, Peter has joined Mark
Hamill and I in the scripting process of the latest draft of our project
for television, "Outpost Omega"... wish I had more to say on that...
Also, Peter and I have written "Overload", a sci fi film
that will hopefully begin filming by the end of this summer. Directed by
Tony Dow, scored by Don Grady, it will star (in alphabetical order)
Angela Cartwright, Veronica Cartwright, Johnny Crawford, Tony Dow, Don
Grady, Billy Gray, and Bill Mumy.
And Peter and I have signed on to
write a new sci fi comic titled "X.R.6: Robot Wars" for a new publishing
company called Benchpress Comics. The artwork is being supplied by the
very talented Jim Califiore who Peter and I both worked with on DC's
"Aquaman" comic. For more info on that, check out
Peter and I are finishing up
the plot for one HUGE 12 issue story right now.
Besides that, I'm pleased to announce that the two lost '80's albums
that Robert Haimer and I ("Barnes and Barnes") produced for the
legendary Wild Man Fisher will finally be re-released this summer from
Rhino. They're re-packaging the three Rhino albums by Wild Man Fisher,
"Wildmania", "Pronounced Normal" and "Nothing Scary", adding over thirty
minutes of outtakes, unreleased gems, and general madness, (including
"It's A Hard Business" a duet between Wild Man and Rosemary Clooney!)
They're releasing it as a double CD to launch Rhino's new "Handmade"
label. The release date is August 3rd, and I think it will only be
available via the internet. If you're not familar with Wild Man Fisher,
he's a truly unique one of a kind artist who was discovered by legendary
Frank Zappa in the late 1960's. Zappa produced one Wild Man Fisher album
for Warner Bros, and then Larry (Wild Man) moved to Rhino in the
seventies. My partner and I tracked him down and produced "Nothing
Scary" and "Produced Normal".
more info on the label, check out http://www.rhinorecords.com.
For more info on Wild Man Fisher check out his "unofficial" website at
Currently, autographed copies of my CD's "Dying To Be Heard", "The Be
Five; Trying To Forget" and "In The Current" are available through this
website. For more info on them and Renaissance Records, check out
other than that...I'm gearing up for a rock n roll reunion gig with
"Seduction Of The Innocent". A very loose, fun, 60's cover tune band
made up of Chris Christensen, Max Alan Collins, Miguel Ferrer, Steve
Leialoha and me. All involved are comic book "professionals", among
other hats we wear, and August 13th (Friday the 13th!) we'll be rockin'
the house (very sloppily) at the San Diego ComicCon. For any comic book
fans out there, you know San Diego is THE biggest con of the year. This
is their 30th anniversary, and we're happy to be asked back. It's been
about 5 years since we played together... considering we'll only have a
few hours to rehearse before the show... all I can say is... crank it up
and LOOK OUT cuz there's bound to be a train wreck or two in that set!
Again, I want to remind you that I do indeed read
every posting in the guestbook here. I check it quite often, and I
appreciate all the kind words you've shared with me. Even the weird
ones. (you know who you are!) It's nice to know that Lost in Space
continues to bring pleasure to people, so many of you report that you
grew up enjoying it, and now you're sharing it with your kids... I like
that. And of course, I'm quite proud to be a part of such a well
written, well acted, well produced show like Babylon 5... And then
there's those of you who fondly remember some of the odd episodic or
feature films I've been in... Whatever it is, I'm glad you guys seem to
For me, it's been an interesting ride so far, mostly a
positive one, and this roller coaster looks like it's still got plenty
of twists ahead...hang on. That's all I can do.
Til next time, take care of each other. The ancient Hawaiian Kahuna
priests had a very simple philosophy... "If you hurt no one, you've done
Alrighty then. Peace, Bill
after every plan had failed and there was nothing more to tell, you
knew that we would meet again, if your memory serves you well."
- "April showers bring May flowers"… Well, let’s hope
- Lots of "potential" things happening lately.
Besides doing 7 more "voice over" commercials for "Farmer’s Insurance"
and 4 others for "MacDonald’s", it’s been pretty chaotic around
- I did an online "chat" with AOL Babylon 5
fans from around the world this month from the old Babylon 5 studios.
After going there all the time for five years to film the series, it’s
funny how your car just steers itself automatically. The big place is
quiet now. "Crusade" the sequel series to Babylon 5 has shut down, and
there’s not much going on there. Sure felt different from all the busy
activity that I was used to when going there in the past. Karen
Harrell, who runs the B5 fanclub, and has been a good pal of mine for
years now, organized this live AOL chat. It was fun to get a chance to
communicate with the fans. I did get to see a few friends from the old
crew who were there taking inventory of props. Who knows what the
future holds for Babylon 5? Maybe we’ll return to it again someday.
Perhaps "Lennier" will be heard from again sometime down the road. For
now, I’m proud to have been a part of such a respected, well written
- On another
side of space sci fi… I went to the wrap party for Star Trek Deep
Space 9 the other day. What a classy, fun, crowded, party! Lots of
nice people eating great food, and toasting the completion of a
successful series coming to an end. I was very happy to be a part of
it in a small way. The episode I guest starred in, "The Seige of AR-
558" was re-run a few weeks ago. I liked it. Dark and gritty. It was
kind of fun getting blasted by the evil J’em Hadar and dying in the
lovely Nicole de Boer’s arms… Did any of you catch it?
- Let’s see… "Overload" a movie I wrote with
Peter David for an ensemble cast that includes, Angela Cartwright,
Veronica Cartwright, Johnny Crawford, Tony Dow, Don Grady, Billy Gray,
and myself has found a home at Galaxy Pictures, and we hope to begin
filming this summer. Talk about dark and gritty… I’ll be sure to have
more to say on that project as the months pass. Keep your fingers
- Peter and I
have also agreed to write a new comic book project for a year. I don’t
want to say anymore than that until everything is finalized, and the
contracts are signed, but I will add that I’ve already outlined the
entire project, and it’s one big sci fi story that takes place in the
future with lots of surprises worked into it. Again, more to come as
things progress. Keep your fingers crossed.
- Mark Hamill
and I continue to steer our "Outpost Omega" television project into
bigtime showbiz waters. More on that as thing
progress. Keep your
- Does there
seem to be a theme to this update?
- On top of
all that, the musical muse visited me quite unexpectedly and very hard
this month. I wrote and recorded no less than 10 songs! Which means, I
may have recorded my next solo album already! I couldn’t help it. They
just kept pouring out of me… More on that as things progress. Keep
your fingers crossed.
- I had a great lunch at 20th
Century Fox studios this month with my "Lost in Space" family, Angela
Cartwright, Marta Kristen, Jonathan Harris, and Kevin Burns. Always a
treat to get together with those fine folks. We’ll all be appearing
together at a sci fi convention in Boston in July. If you’re in the
neighborhood, drop by and say hello.
- Angela has
been taking all the photographs for my "In The Current" CD which comes
out June 18th, and she’s really a fantastic photographer.
We’ve had several sessions so far, and I’m very happy that she agreed
to be the artistic eye for the project. Make sure to check out her
- Several people who have signed the guestbook
here at the website have asked if we’ll be making an original cast
"Lost in Space" movie of the week, since we did rebuild the upper deck
of the Jupiter 2, and Jonathan, Bob May, and I returned to our old
characters for the closing of the "Lost in Space: Forever" special…
the answer is: Kevin Burns and I would love to see it happen. I know
my fellow LIS actors would enjoy doing it, but right now there are no
plans to officially do anything more. Keep your fingers crossed. I’d
love to see that happen. Also, people have asked if my 12 part Lost in
Space comic book story "Voyage to the Bottom of the Soul" will ever be
reprinted and completed. Right now there are no plans for that either,
but I’ve recently spoken with the super talented Australian artist
Michal Dutkievitz who painted the original project, and he said he’d
love to complete it. As some of you know, it was completely written…
full script… finished all 12 chapters. However, only 6 chapters were
published before Innovation Comics closed up shop do to a myriad of
complications… SO… there IS a chance we can see that project again and
tell the entire story. Those of you who would like to see that are
urged to tell Mike Richardson at Dark Horse Comics how you feel. Keep
your fingers crossed.
- So… LOTS of new things that are on the verge
of either coming your way soon or… going to the cornfield… Time will
that’s it for now.
- As John
Lennon said: "Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making
- Peace, Bill
- PS Next month I’ll sleep.
- March 12,
Here's what's been going on in Mumyland
The original "The Twilight Zone"
television series was honored by the Museum of Television and Radio on
March 4th, here in Hollywood at the Directors Guild. I was asked to be
part of the tribute and to participate in an onstage panel with other
Twilight Zone alumni. I was honored to be in such grand company!
Martin Landau, Cliff Robertson, Earl Holliman and I made up the acting
contingency... while the writers were represented by such legendary
talents as Earl Hamner, George Clayton Johnson, and Richard Matheson.
Original series producers Buck Houghton and Bert Granet were there as
well as Rod Serling's wife Carol Serling. Producer/writer/Twilight
Zone expert Marc Scott Zicree was also on hand to make sure we had the
The auditorium was packed to
capacity with fans and press, and it was indeed an impressive and
delightful evening. Of the hundreds of television shows I've been a
part of, none have stood the test of time better than the three
episodes of The Twilight Zone I was lucky enough to be cast in way
back when. "Long Distance Call", "It's A Good Life", and "In Praise Of
In my humble opinion, T. Zone is the best
TV series ever made, and this tribute to it was long
Another March treat for me was acting
once again alongside my dear friend Jonathan Harris! The two of us
reprised our characters of "Eon" (me) and "Era" (Jonathan) in another
episode of the upcoming Disney animated series, "Buzz Lightyear of
Star Command". I can't wait to see what our characters will look like
when they're fully animated by the Disney artists. Jonathan and I have
a wonderful time working together, and even though these characters
are nothing like Lost in Space's Dr. Smith and Will Robinson, I think
we've got a cool chemistry between us that works
And more March Animation news... Peter
David and I wrote an episode of the upcoming "Roswell Conspiracies"
animated series. The title of our script is either "Playing With Fire"
or "Flying Saucer Down". (The producer's will make that call.) It's a
serious science fiction project, full of mysteries, covert government
agent conspiracies, danger, and fun. Animation takes quite awhile to
complete, but be on the lookout for both these new
Still got more to report... Barnes and
Barnes' last studio album of all new material was 1991's "Loozanteen"
on Rhino Records. Yes, a "Best Of Barnes and Barnes" compilation CD is
being released June 18th, on Renaissance Records, and yes, that
project does include 3 new songs, but... what I'm even more excited
about is the fact that Barnes and Barnes, (Robert Haimer and Me) have
started writing and recording our next album. We've completed the
first basic track for it, "Ice Cream Bed". Even though it's been years
since we've seriously worked together, the weird, quirky, unique
energy is still there. Like it or hate it, but nobody sounds like
B&B but B&B! I'm looking forward to seeing the project,
tentatively titled "Middle Aged Men", come together. I'm sure it won't
be completed for quite a long time, but... it has
Other than that, I continue to write and
"pitch" my other showbiz projects, audition for acting gigs, and of
course make time for goofing around with my family and watching the
And I do
want to remind you once again that I read all the entries in this
website's guestbook and continue to be flattered and touched by your
kind words. Next update I plan on addressing many of the questions
you've written there.
I hope life is going great
for all of you out there in computerland. Til next
- Greetings. As we enter the last year of the
20th Century, I find myself blessed with all a person
could hope for. A loving, healthy family, creative work that I
enjoy, and good friends to share the time with.
- So far this
year, I’ve finished and mastered my second solo album, "In The
Current", which is scheduled to be released on Renaissance Records
internationally in the next few months. I wrote and played every
sound on the album, and I’m very proud of it. I do hope you’ll check
it out. There’s some hard rocking songs and some finger picking
ballads on it, but it feels very cohesive to me.
- I just finished acting in a feature film
called "Dirk and Betty" which will be released sometime this year
from Zephyr Entertainment. I worked with Eric Roberts and it was a
good experience. I’ve found that the vast majority of people in the
film business are really nice, and this group was no
month, January, I also supplied the voice over narration to a novel
on tape, "The Promised Land". It’s a "Lost in Space" science fiction
novel, to be released soon.
- There’s an upcoming special on A&E
called "Boom: The History of Disaster Films" that I recently
narrated, and I also just completed the narration for the Fox Family
Channel’s series, "Famous Families", it’s a show on the youthful
rock trio, "Hanson".
- Also, you can soon hear me say "Smarter
then your average cookie...Twix." on a new "Twix" cookie
commercial...hey it's a living...
- Mark Hamill and I
are continuing to develop our science fiction television project
that we’ve created, "Outpost Omega". It’s currently being "pitched"
as an "event movie of the week/pilot" for a series. I hope to have
more positive news to report on that subject soon.
- I’m also working on some new comic books
with Peter David, as well as writing some animation, and working on
"spec" television and feature treatments. I really enjoy the
- I’m looking forward to getting back
onstage and playing some rock 'n roll soon. I have a few gigs
scheduled in the L.A. area in the next couple of months; one solo
acoustic show to promote my children’s cassette, "Kiss My Boo Boo"
at the "Storyopolis" bookstore in May, and then with a band to rock
the night away at the upcoming "Agamemcon 3" Babylon 5 convention at
the Burbank Hilton in June. After that, there’s going to be a
reunion of "Seduction of the Innocent" at the San Diego Comic Con
this summer. And THAT will really be a night of loud rock and roll!
I also hope to get the Jenerators working again in the next few
months, if I can only get us all in the same city at the same
- Until then,
you can check out our new CD, "Hitting The Silk" at your record
store, or it can be ordered from this website from the Mumy Mall (along with lots of other
goodies). Well, that’s it for now. Keep checking back for more news.
Take care of the important stuff.
- Peace, Bill