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Richard Gautier (October 30, 1931 – January 13, 2017) was an American actor, comedian, singer, and caricaturist. He was known for his television roles as Hymie the Robot in the television series Get Smart, and Robin Hood in the TV comedy series When Things Were Rotten.[1]

Dick Gautier
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Gautier as Robin Hood in
When Things Were Rotten (1975)
Born Richard Gautier
(1931-10-30)October 30, 1931
Culver City, California, U.S.
Died January 13, 2017(2017-01-13) (aged 85)
Arcadia, California, U.S.
Resting place Cremation
Occupation Actor, comedian, singer, caricaturist
Years active 1959–2017
Spouse(s)
  • Beverly J. Gerber
    (m. 1954)
  • Barbara Stuart
    (m. 1967; div. 1979)
  • Tess Hightower (m. 2003)
Children 3
From the TV series Here We Go Again (1973). From top-Dick Gautier, Nita Talbot, Larry Hagman and Diane Baker

Gautier also played Hal, the partner of Stanley Beamish, in the short-lived sitcom series Mister Terrific (1967); and had various voice roles in the 1984 animated Transformers series (including the voice of Rodimus Prime).

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CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Gautier started his career as a nightclub comic and a singer; he joined ASCAP in 1959 after serving in the United States Navy. In 1960, he portrayed fictional rock 'n roll star Conrad Birdie in the original Broadway theatre production of Bye Bye Birdie, receiving a Tony Award nomination for his performance.[2]

He would later appear with two of his "Birdie" stars in two films - with Kay Medford in Ensign Pulver in 1964, and with Dick Van Dyke in Divorce American Style in 1967.

He appeared in an episode of The Patty Duke Show, "Anywhere I Hang My Horn Is Home". He portrayed the clumsy robot "Hymie" on TV's Get Smart. He portrayed a dance instructor in the original TV series Gidget and a French dress designer in the episode "Samantha, the Dressmaker" from the second season of the TV situation comedy Bewitched. He portrayed Jerry Standish in the ‘divorce comedy’ Here We Go Again, a short-lived (13 episodes; January 1973 to April 1973) sitcom on ABC.

In 1974, he played sportscaster Ed Cavanaugh on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the season four episode, "Hi There, Sports Fans", and a murdered blackmailer in the season three The Rockford Files episode "The Countess". In 1978, he appeared as Harriman in the episode "The Intimate Friends of Janet Wilde" in the NBC crime drama series The Eddie Capra Mysteries. He also portrayed a magician, Cagliostro, in the Wonder Woman TV series episode "Diana's Disappearing Act" starring Lynda Carter.

As a game show panelistEdit

During the 1970s and 1980s, Gautier was a frequent game show panelist, appearing on Match Game, Family Feud[3] Tattletales, Showoffs, You Don't Say!, Liar's Club, Password Plus, Body Language, Super Password, Win, Lose or Draw, and the TV version of Can You Top This?

BatmanEdit

In 1973, when Burt Ward and Yvonne Craig reprised their Batman roles (as Robin and Batgirl respectively) for a TV public service announcement about equal pay for women, Adam West, who was trying to distance himself from the Batman role at the time, declined to participate. Gautier filled in for West as Batman on this occasion.[4]

Voice-over rolesEdit

Gautier performed several voice-over roles in animation, including Rodimus Prime in the third season of The Transformers animated series from 1986–1987 (taking over for Judd Nelson, who previously performed the role in the 1986 Transformers movie), as well as Serpentor in the G.I. Joe series, Louis from the 1986 cartoon Foofur, Spike the Dog in Tom & Jerry Kids, some additional voices in Hanna-Barbera's The New Yogi Bear Show, Wooly Smurf in The Smurfs, several voices for Inhumanoids, including Crygen and pyre and their combined form Magnakor and he was also the narrator for Discovery Channel's Search for Adventure.[5]

Caricatures of celebritiesEdit

Gautier was known for his caricatures of celebrities, and wrote several instructional books on caricature, drawing, and cartooning.[6]

OtherEdit

Gautier attended TFcon 2013 as a guest where he reprised his role as Rodimus Prime from the Transformers series for a voice play.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Gautier had three children from his first marriage to Beverly J. Gerber. He was divorced from his second wife, actress Barbara Stuart,[8] and his final marriage was to Tess Hightower, a psychologist.[2]

Gautier died January 13, 2017 at an assisted living facility in Arcadia, California, following a long illness.[2]

FilmographyEdit

BibliographyEdit

  • Gautier, Dick (1993). Child's Garden of Weirdness. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 978-0804818254.
  • Gautier, Dick (1994). Drawing and Cartooning 1,001 Figures in Action. Perigee Books. ISBN 978-0399518591.
  • Gautier, Dick (1995). Drawing and Cartooning 1,001 Caricatures. Perigee Books. ISBN 978-0399519116.
  • Gautier, Dick (1997). Creating Comic Characters. Perigee Books. ISBN 978-0399523519.

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Preceded by
Adam West
Actors to portray Batman
1972
Succeeded by
Adam West
Preceded by
Judd Nelson
Voice of Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime
1986–1988
Succeeded by
Paul Dobson