Irwin Allen Montage Double Dynamite Animal World City Beneath the Sea A Girl in Every Port Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea The Lost World When Time Ran Out Irwin Allen The Time Travellers Five Weeks in a Balloon Swiss Family Robinson Land of the Giants Irwin Allen Hanging By a Thread Cave-In The Swarm Alice in Wonderland The Sea Around Us The Big Circus Adventures of the Queen Outrage The Return of Captain Nemo Fire The Story of Mankind Where Danger Lives Code Red Flood The Night the Bridge Fell Down The Time Tunnel The Poseidon Adventure The Memory of Eva Ryker Dangerous Mission Lost in Space Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Movie The Towering Inferno Beyond the Poseidon Adventure

A warm welcome to the Irwin Allen News Network (IANN). Established in 1994 by Giants Log, with the late Paul Zastupnevich as president, IANN has focussed on bringing the wonderful worlds of Academy Award winning producer Irwin Allen to a wider audience. Working with fans, cast and crew around the world, IANN has published dozens of newsletters, specials and web sites to promote the television shows, movies, performers, and the production crew working so hard behind the scenes.

We hope you will enjoy browsing around the site and that you will find new material of interest. We welcome your ideas and input to help us to continue to bring the work of Irwin Allen to new generations.

If you would like to contribute research, personal memories of working on the productions, articles, photos, artwork and other creative ideas, please do contact us. We are continually developing the site whenever we have a spare moment, and the extent to which we can do this depends on everyone who has fond memories of these shows and movies.

If you hover the mouse pointer over the picture above, you can identify and visit the pages dedicated to each of the Irwin Allen productions.


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Heritage Auctions ( Lost in Space Costume Auctions, 7 November 2021

Heritage Auctions ( held an amazing auction of unique and original Lost in Space costumes and props over the weekend of 4-7 November 2021. All the Lost in Space lots were successfully sold on Sunday 7th November. See Lots 89811 to 89840. Two costumes achieved astonishing sale prices of $75,000 each, plus a 25% Buyer's Premium on top of that. These high value items were the Will Robinson's Season 3 Costume Ensemble and the Maureen Robinson's Season 3 Costume Ensemble. Amazingly, some Star Trek costumes didn't sell in the auction for half that price.

Special thanks to Heritage Auctions for allowing us to share the photos of the Lost in Space auction collection with you.

2021 November 4 - 7 Hollywood & Entertainment Signature® Auction #7245

Heritage Auctions ( Lost in Space Costume and Prop Auctions, 7 November 2021

Gallery of Heritage Auctions Lost in Space Costumes and Props for Auction on 7 November 2021 (11am CT)


We owe a massive debt of gratitude to Phil Arnold for identifying this gentleman who we have spotted in several Irwin Allen movies, namely The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno and The Swarm and have long been keen to put a name to his face. It has been through really thorough research that Phil managed to find and verify Jack Krupnick's name by remembering his face from other productions he's researched over the years. We include a picture further down of Jack Krupnick in the long running series Hart to Hart courtesy of Phil Arnold.

Jack Krupnick as Party Guest in The Towering Inferno

Jack Krupnick as Party Guest in The Towering Inferno

Jack Krupnick as a Passenger in The Poseidon Adventure

Jack Krupnick as a Passenger in The Poseidon Adventure

Jack Krupnick as Train Passenger in The Swarm

Jack Krupnick as Train Passenger in The Swarm

Jack Krupnick in a credited role in the series Hart to Hart

Jack Krupnick in a credited role in the series Hart to Hart


Gary Wright as the Day Helmsman in The Poseidon Adventure

After years of painstaking research (and yet more pain when a Columbo end credit mis-named him) we have finally managed to identify and verify the actor playing the Day Helmsman in The Poseidon Adventure. His name is Gary Wright and we're spending a lot of time trying to find out more about him. Identifying uncredited cast in the Irwin Allen shows and movies is an immense task and with the help of a team of fellow fans we're managing to identify more and more. It takes watching a lot of other movies and shows to find out actor names.

Gary Wright as Mr Wright in Columbo episode Now You See Him

On this occasion (after the Columbo "Dead Weight" end credit debacle) we have finally worked out Gary Wright's name from the only other verifiable end credit there is for him (the movie Foxy Brown with Antonio Fargas) and a little Columbo clue. Perhaps appropriate as this has taken so much detective work. The clue comes from the Columbo episode "Now You See Him" starring the wonderful Jack Cassidy as illusionist The Great Santini. In the episode, Santini actually calls Gary Wright "Mr Wright". Normally we wouldn't think anything of that, but in the episode another Irwin Allen actor, Mike Lally, is given the character name "Michael Lally".

Poseidon Adventure's Day Helmsman
Gary Wright as Police Officer
in the movie Foxy Brown

For completeness, here is Gary Wright's end credit in Foxy Brown. Note that Don Gazzaniga (giant in the Land of the Giants episode Weird World) also appears in the movie.

Gary Wright's end credit in Foxy Brown

Gary Wright also appears very briefly as an engineer in The Towering Inferno. We've developed a deep affection for Gary as we search out more and more credits for him (so far all in the early to mid 70s). One of the funniest is a little known appearance in a movie called Get to Know Your Rabbit where Gary causes havoc around star Tom Smothers whilst being chased and caught. Have never seen our helmsman move so fast. Normally he is standing very still.

Poseidon Adventure's Day Helmsman
Gary Wright causing havoc in the movie
Get to Know Your Rabbit

Our deep appreciation goes to everyone sending in names for background characters who don't normally get named and credited in productions. These characters, plus stunt people and production crew are the unsung heroes of the Irwin Allen productions and we want them to be recognised for their work and to be remembered. Special thanks go to Phil Arnold and Woody Anders for their recent input in trying to get to these long searched for names. This is going to be an endless task as there are still so many more people we have yet to identify.


A new set of Japanese Irwin Allen collectibles are being auctioned on 28th/29th September (US/UK time) on eBay. The auctions feature collectibles featuring all four of Irwin Allen's science fiction series. Some examples are shown below courtesy of Hideyuki.

Japanese Collectible Auctions on eBay

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Novel

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Novel

Lost in Space Playing Cards

Lost in Space Playing Cards

ime Tunnel Trading Cards

Time Tunnel Trading Cards

Land of the Giants Stamps

Land of the Giants Stamps


Lost in Space Season 1 Electronic Laser Pistol

Lost in Space Season 1 Electronic Laser Pistol Photos and Video

Devlin And Associates LLC is selling officially licensed first season Lost in Space laser pistols and this limited edition collectible is available via eBay and Facebook.

Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Volume 2 - Out Now

The second and final volume of Marc Cushman and Mark Alfred's series of books on the making of Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is now available.

Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Volume 2

Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Volume Two: The Authorized Biography of a Classic Sci-Fi Series, from Jacobs/Brown Press, completes the two-book set by Marc Cushman and Mark Alfred, documenting the production and cultural impact of this iconic, beloved and pioneering science-fiction series.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, which aired on ABC-TV from 1964 through 1968, was the first hour-long, color, science-fiction series on television. Its success proved to the networks that such a show, within the constraints of a TV budget and shooting schedule, could attract a mass audience. Without Voyage, there would have been no Lost in Space or Star Trek. CBS and NBC, respectively, only decided to gamble on those series after Voyage had not only premiered – while staying on budget and schedule – but went on to win its time slot. ​Therefore, it was Irwin Allen who had boldly gone where no man (or television producer) had gone before!

Now, with Volume 2 and the previous volume as your guides, you can journey back in time to witness the making of this legendary series. Here you'll find the production memos between Irwin Allen, his staff, and the ABC-TV network; the shooting schedules and production dates; the budgets; the ratings; the reviews and articles from that era; new and exclusive interviews, as well as archival interviews; and hundreds of pictures, many never before shared with the public. And you'll find out what made Irwin Allen tick.

With an introduction by David Hedison, Volume 2 covers the making of Seasons 2, 3 and 4 – all 78 color episodes! Your deep dive into Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is here.

Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Volume 2

The book is available both through Jacobs/Brown Press and Amazon in the US, UK and Australia. Print Version #ad Paperback #ad Kindle Version #ad

New Spindrift Build

The following video shows Mark Myers excellent 16 inch Spindrift diorama with scratch built base and Captain Steve Burton figure in an atmospheric setting. Gallery to follow.


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Irwin Allen fandom was rocked by the sudden death of producer Kevin Burns on 27th September 2020 at just 65 years old. Kevin was the ultimate Lost in Space fan and rescued and had refurbished an original Lost in Space Robot prop. During his career with Twentieth Century Fox in LA, he developed lifelong friendships with many of the cast members and in 1995 brought us the wonderful Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen documentary devoted to all things Irwin Allen. In collaboration with Sheila Allen, Kevin brought Lost in Space to the big screen in 1998. The movie starred Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Mimi Rogers and Jared Harris and featured cameo appearances by June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Angela Cartwright and Marta Kristen. A Time Tunnel project followed, a movie version of The Poseidon Adventure, then a reimagined series of Lost in Space for Netflix. At the time of his death, a new Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea project was in the pipeline and is due to be filmed in the UK. Kevin Burns will be remembered for his devotion to keeping these productions alive for future generations.

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We learned from a friend of his family that prominent Irwin Allen stuntman Ernie Orsatti passed away at the age of 80 on 12th September 2020. He is probably best known in Irwin Allen circles for his roles and stunts in The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure.

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Actor John Saxon passed away just the day before Olivia de Havilland on 25th July 2020 at the age of 83. John appeared in The Time Tunnel episode "Attack of the Barbarians" playing Marco Polo. He had a long career in television and movies and we had the great honour of meeting John and his wife Gloria in 2004 at the Autographica event in Coventry.


The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy is now shipping and is the ultimate Irwin Allen coffee table book. This beautifully presented hardback book runs at 600 colour pages with many never before seen photos, storyboards and blueprints.

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy

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The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen covers all of Irwin Allen's productions with chapters dedicated to each of the hugely popular sci-fi series. Through this book, we gain knowledge on the production of both the early movies and the later disaster movies, culminating in a final chapter which illustrates how the productions continue thrive for new generations including the exciting Netflix Lost in Space.

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy


David Hedison - Star of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

It is hard to find the words and is with deep shock that we have to bring you the very sad news that actor and star of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, David Hedison, passed away on Thursday 18th July 2019 at the age of 92. This news is heartbreaking for all his family, friends, and his legion of longtime fans around the world. David gave so much pleasure to so many people through his work in the field of entertainment and his career continued with a wealth of public appearances at conventions and signings. So many of our visitors and members have had the opportunity to meet and chat with David. In our small corner of the entertainment universe, the Irwin Allen world, David is fondly and lovingly remembered for his role of Captain Crane in the hugely popular sci-fi series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Voyage in peace, our beloved Captain Crane.

Here are just some of the tributes and obituaries paying homage to David Hedison:

BBC Tribute


Hollywood Reporter

USA Today

Deadline Obituary

Daily Star



Irwin Allen's wife Sheila spoke fondly of her desire for there to be a coffee table book on producer Irwin Allen and his career, and finally that dream is coming true with Jeff Bond's new book The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen with a foreword written by Lost in Space star, Bill Mumy.

Book announcement from Jeff Bond

Creature Features in association with Synthesis Entertainment and Legendary Pictures presents THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN, the definitive coffee table book more than two and a half years in the making!

This deluxe 600+ page limited edition hardback is the first and only book of its kind to take a visual journey through the mind and career of legendary producer Irwin Allen, the "Master of Disaster"—the man behind some of the most popular television programs of the 1960s and the visionary who invented the special effects movie blockbuster format with his 1970s hits The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno.

Authored by Jeff Bond with the full participation and cooperation of the Irwin Allen Estate, THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN follows the ambitious icon from his early days as a Hollywood agent and radio personality to his lengthy stint at 20th Century Fox, where he produced movies such as The Lost World and Five Weeks in a Balloon and the popular television shows Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants.

Allen employed the studio's sprawling lot and soundstages, its library of movie footage, costumes and props, and its veteran special effects craftsmen to bring vivid color and movie-quality action, miniature effects and visuals to television viewers accustomed to low-budget, black and white programming. Allen's flare for action and visual punch gave audiences some of the 1960s most popular and iconic figures: Admiral Nelson and Captain Crane of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; the Lost in Space Robot and Jonathan Harris' nefarious Dr. Zachary Smith; Will Robinson and the Robinson family of space travelers; the pop art kaleidoscope of The Time Tunnel; the Jupiter 2, the Seaview, the Flying Sub, the Spindrift.

Before George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Irwin Allen broke box office records with two of the biggest movie blockbusters of all time: The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. Wooed to Warner Bros. at the height of his power with the offer of a building named in his honor and one of the most generous studio contracts ever given a producer, Allen faced his biggest challenge: topping himself with The Swarm, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, When Time Ran Out, and a series of ambitious projects for television.

Illustrated with more than 2,000 images including concept and production artwork, storyboards, blueprints, design sketches, miniatures and behind-the-scenes photographs, many of them never before published, THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN is the ultimate guide to Allen's famous productions, from his documentaries The Sea Around Us and The Animal World to his spectacular TV-movie City Beneath the Sea, plus fascinating unproduced projects, all explored in detail for the first time.

This hardbound masterwork will be offered in a standard edition of 1000 copies, and a deluxe signed edition of 250 copies autographed by author Jeff Bond and actor Bill Mumy, who penned the foreword.

Pre-orders begin on a first come, first served basis exclusively at on Friday, April 19th at 12 noon Pacific Standard Time.

The book is slated to arrive at our door in mid-July and begin shipping immediately, though shipping schedules are always subject to change.

PLEASE NOTE: Creature Features is the only authorized source for new copies of this book and will not be offering it thru Amazon or any other retail sellers.

Sample pages from the book The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen

Moebius Models 1:32 Die-Cast Flying Sub

Moebius Models 1:32 Diecast Flying Sub from VTTBOTS with Lights, Sounds and a Remote Control

Now available at FabGearUSA is the Moebius Models 1:32 Diecast Flying Sub from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea with Lights, Sounds and a Remote Control.

"Moebius Models presents an authentic 1/32-scale reproduction of the Flying Sub. This spectacular, high-end collectible is a fully finished, large-scale deluxe replica featuring incredible detail, highlighted by authentic lights and sounds. A true work of art created for the discriminating collector, the FS-1 Flying Sub Gallery Edition is limited to 300 pieces, includes a certificate of authenticity and is offered in deluxe collector's packaging."

FabGearUSA - 1:32 Diecast Flying Sub from VTTBOTS with Lights, Sounds and a Remote Control


In tribute to Deanna Lund and the wealth of performances she gave us, we have created a new picture gallery covering her career which spanned over half a century. Feel free to browse the gallery and also to view it as a slideshow.

Deanna Lund Career Gallery Slideshow

Deanna Lund Career Slideshow


Mark Dorais has scratch built a new Spindrift model, this time a little over 16 inches long and made of cast resin, styrene plastic, metal and a vacuum formed dome.

Mark Dorais Model Build Gallery


Commemorating Irwin Allen's 100th Birthday

12th June 2016 marks the 100th birthday of Irwin Allen, the "Master of Disaster", and all round king of science fiction and movie making. It's amazing to think that he was already in his fifties when busy making his quartet of science fiction shows in the mid to late sixties and this shows us all how much can be achieved even in our later years. He has inspired many movie makers who followed in the decades since, and his name and productions are often referred to and compared with when critiquing current day producers' work. That influence shows no sign of abating as we commemorate Irwin Allen's 100th birthday. We are working on a number of projects in the coming months and years to help keep his body of work in the public eye well into his second hundred years and beyond. Your input to these projects is a vital and a most welcome contribution to ensuring his legacy for the future. Please feel free to share your Irwin Allen creations, collections, and research any time via our contact page.


Irwin Allen 100th Birthday Artwork

The above artwork has been designed by A. Dutto to commemorate the 100th birthday of Irwin Allen.

30 Greatest Disaster Movies

Channel 5's 30 Greatest Disaster Movies (UK Channel 5, 10-11.30pm, Sunday 20th September 2015) featured three Irwin Allen disaster movies, namely The Swarm, The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. During the broadcast, Irwin Allen was referred to as "the daddy of disaster movies in the 1970s" and of course "the Master of Disaster".

Surprisingly, the list also featured several zombie and science fiction movies, possibly due to the fact that it was broadcast during an "End of the World" weekend on Channel 5 (even Celebrity Big Brother got involved in the theme). By including such movies in the genre, some older classic disaster features were omitted from the list including more vintage movies like The Rains Came and San Francisco. Hopefully, some day a list of the greatest "possible" disaster movies will be compiled, limited to real-world disasters (albeit with some added drama that all good movies need).

The list was compiled by a number of film critics and based upon US Box Office success (adjusted for inflation). In current day monetary terms, both The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno receipts exceed $500,000,000.

30 Greatest Disaster Movies


Jupiter 2 with Launch Gantry and Base

David Holderbaum has built this stunning model using the Moebius Models Jupiter 2 kit with a custom built launch gantry and base. Click here to view all of David's latest builds.


Land of the Giants Spindrift Crash Site Diorama Kit

A new resin diorama kit by Metaluna Models for displaying the Moebius Models Spindrift is now available at FabGearUSA.

Paint, glue and Moebius Models #255 Spindrift not included. The Moebius Models Spindrift kit is available separately at

Please also note that the Moebius Models 1/350 Seaview model kit is going to be back in stock soon and are now taking pre-orders.


The Seaview by Jeff Summers

Jeff Summers has created this stunning composite artwork using his build of the 57" DeBoer Hulls Seaview kit.

Visit Jeff Summers' Gallery


David Holderbaum Model Gallery

View David Holderbaum Model Gallery


Lost in Space - Blast off into Space by David Holderbaum

Visit the David Holderbaum Art Gallery


Back Lot Space Port Episode 1 - Spindrift

Take a tour of the Spindrift


Bill Hedges Scratch Built Chariot

Bill Hedges Chariot Gallery

Chariot Video


Moebius Models Assembled Space Pod

Moebius Models Assembled Space Pod Gallery


The Cast of The Poseidon Adventure

The main focus of our efforts at the Irwin Allen News Network is to document the history of all of the Irwin Allen movies and television shows and this implies extensive levels of research. We are particularly trying to credit actors and crew who didn't receive on-screen credits in the productions.

We are also studying the movies, trying to identify as many people as possible who appeared on screen and this is proving to be a never-ending challenge. We have recently added a gallery of faces from The Poseidon Adventure and The Time Travelers amongst others and have several faces we cannot yet identify. If you can help with any of these missing names with corroborating pictures of the unnamed actors, please contact us.


The Poseidon Adventure Cast at the July 2011 Hollywood Show

Carol Lynley, Ernie F. Orsatti, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine, Pamela Sue Martin, and Eric Shea


Moebius Models 1/128 Spindrift Kit Build

Moebius Models 1/128 Spindrift Kit Build


Irwin Allen related convention reports and galleries

Convention Reports and Galleries

Convention Directory


Cast of Land of the Giants at recording studio on 8 April 2011

On Friday 8th April 2011, the cast of Land of the Giants gathered together in LA to create a very special treat exclusively for the UK Second Season DVD release which is due out in June. Stefan Arngrim, Don Marshall, Deanna Lund, Gary Conway, Heather Young and Don Matheson have recorded a really outstanding audio commentary which will appear on the second season DVD extras. This unique event showcases the delightful camaraderie between the cast members and is something we are very keen to extend to a convention in the UK.


Seattle Science Fiction Museum

Visit the Spindrift and Robot at the Seattle Science Fiction Museum


Spindrift Hero Miniature Gallery

Visit the Spindrift "Hero" Miniature Gallery


Creativity Showcase Bob Aucutt David Kleve Time Tunnel Model Shaun Dale Richard Sierra's futuristic designs Kelvin Hendrey's Snow Robot UK’s first Lost in Space B9 Robot full size Replica Jerry Von Mueller Customised Models Mark Dorais Paul Davison D S Campos Voyage 3D Lars Liljeblad Gordon Foulds Cartoons A. Dutto Art MarkM Models Simon Mercs Model Builds Mike Aucutt Henry Prentiss TSDS Gallery Kyle Clark's Models and Special Effects D. Gilmour's Irwin Allen Artwork Gemini Model Build-up Studios Brian Matthews

Every so often we will showcase something from different creative fans on this main page. The image above shows several pieces of original artwork and model building from fans around the world. Click on each image to see more of this wonderful work. You can also see more outstanding work from other artists, animators, and model builders by visiting the creativity showcase and models pages on this site.


We have set up a new blog for general chat, all the little bits of information we come across, and to highlight the latest news in the Irwin Allen worlds.

Irwin Allen Blog


We have built a new structured and searchable Irwin Allen Gallery with lots of different bits and pieces on anything and everything related to the Irwin Allen productions. It includes new showcases of the work of the talented and creative fans, without whom there would not be many new things in the Irwin Allen universe to enjoy. If you would like your work and collections showcased here, you are welcome to send material via the Email link in the IANN contact page.

The Irwin Allen Gallery

Visit the Irwin Allen Gallery


A new gallery called The Production Art Gallery has opened online and is the "world's first art gallery dedicated solely to original film and TV art". Included in their immense portfolio are many pieces of original Paul Zastupnevich costume art, which are available for sale. Click on the image or link below to visit the Paul Zastupnevich Production Art Gallery.

Paul Zastupnevich Production Art Gallery

Visit the Paul Zastupnevich Production Art Gallery


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