28 August 2020

Published August 26, 2020 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


“Oy the pain.” Jonathan Charasuchin would moan when his mother gave boarders his room, relegating him to sleep on dining room chairs.

“Quit your kvetching,” his mother would say. “We need the money.”

 His sympathetic father introduced him to opera on the radio and took him to Yiddish theater productions.

The boy fell in love with the stage and dreamed of someday becoming an actor. Diligently he worked on losing his thick Bronx accent, imitating British film stars.

Forty years later, Jonathan Harris delighted Lost in Space fans with quips like “You bobble-headed booby” and “Oh the pain. The pain.”



91 comments on “28 August 2020

  • Although not a fan of “Lost in Space” on TV, I agree Jonathan Harris was a good actor. This was a lovely tribute to him. I learned a lot from the additional information you gave. He was quite an accomplished person. Good writing, Rochelle. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      I used to watch “Lost in Space” but must admit when it became all about Dr. Smith and the robot, I lost interest. However, I’m a You Tube junkie where a person can find all sorts of biographies and behind the scenes interviews. That’s how I learned what a fascinating person Mr. Harris was. I still can’t imagine him sounding like a street kid in the Bronx.
      Thank you for reading and leaving such a nice comment as always.



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    • Dear Jan,

      He was pretty clever. He figured out early on that if he portrayed Dr. Smith as a straight villain, his days on the show were numbered. Instead he stole the show. 😉 He and the robot. Thanks m’luv.


  • As a kid, I used to get so mad at Dr. Smith when he held Will in front of him as a shield between himself and the danger. His character brought that show to life! If it wasn’t for him and The Robot it would have fizzled. Nice highlight of an unsung hero of early TV.

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  • I wasn’t watching much television during the years in which he was well-known, but I do remember friends using his “Oh, the pain!” line. What I really like about Mr. Harris is his incredible strength of character, working so hard to achieve what he did; and that he was married only once! Remarkable!

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  • From Jonathan Charasuchin to the memorable “Dr. Smith” – what a determined journey! I didn’t watch the show when I was kid, but my husband did and showed me some episodes that stood out. And I would have sworn he was British through and through! He stands out as one of the great character actors. It takes skill to play off a robot 🙂

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  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen the original Lost In Space. I’ve watched the Netflix revival. It’s eh. The first season was way better than the second. None of which has anything to do with your story.

    I bet he got picked on all day every day for that pseudo-English accent in the Bronx. He got the last laugh though.

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  • Nice one Rochelle. Brings back memories. I watched reruns of that show as a kid and the devious Dr Smith. There is a new version on Netflix with a female Dr Smith and the special effects are superb. And yet there is a charm to the old one which still makes it watchable.

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