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At the point where Jonathan Harris joined the show, everyone else had already signed contracts that said where their names would be put on the billing, so he unfortunately would have to be last. As consolation, he negotiated to be listed as a "Special Guest Star" because it was "ridiculous", according to what he said at New Jersey's ...


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Jonathan Harris did not join the cast of Lost in Space until after the show was already in production, not being in the pilot. At this point the billing had already been finalized, so through contract negotiations, he was able to be billed as a 'Special Guest Star' for every episode. According to him, starting the entire "Guest Star" billing in ...


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Smith wasn't in the show as originally conceived (or in the original un-aired pilot). When the show did go to air with a re-worked pilot (in which he sabotages the ship), it was originally thought that his character would be a short-term villian (per this article on Wikipedia), accounting for his "special guest star" billing. Due to his popularity and ...


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