Dick Gautier
Gautier as Robin Hood in
When Things Were Rotten (1975)
Born
Richard Gautier

(1931-10-30)October 30, 1931
DiedJanuary 13, 2017(2017-01-13) (aged 85)
OccupationActor, comedian, singer, caricaturist
Years active1959–2017
Spouse(s)Beverly J. Gerber
(m. 1954; div. 19??)
(m. 1967; div. 1979)

Tess Hightower
(m. 2003)
Children3
From the TV series Here We Go Again (1973). From top: Dick Gautier, Nita Talbot, Larry Hagman and Diane Baker.
From the TV series Here We Go Again (1973). From top: Dick Gautier, Nita Talbot, Larry Hagman and Diane Baker.
Gautier and Misty Rowe in When Things Were Rotten, 1975
Gautier and Misty Rowe in When Things Were Rotten, 1975

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]

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).

Career

Early career

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.[3]

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 1965 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 one 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. He also appeared on Charlie's Angels in season 4 in the episode "Million Dollar Homes".[citation needed]

Game show panelist

During the 1970s and 1980s, Gautier was a frequent game show panelist, appearing on Match Game, Family Feud,[4] 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?

Batman

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.[5]

Voice-over roles

Gautier performed several voice-over roles in animation, including Rodimus Prime in the third season of The Transformers animated series from 1986 to 1987, 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.[6]

Celebrity caricatures

Gautier was known for his caricatures of celebrities and wrote several instructional books on caricature, drawing, and cartooning.[7]

Other

Gautier attended TFcon 2013 as a guest where he reprised his role as Rodimus Prime from the Transformers series for a voice play.[8]

Personal life

Gautier was first married to Beverly J. Gerber, ending in divorce after they had three children together. He was divorced from his second wife, actress Barbara Stuart,[9] and his final marriage was to Tess Hightower, a psychologist.[2] He had three children, Chrissie, Randy and Denise, six grandchildren as well as stepdaughter, Jennifer and her two children.

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

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1964 Ensign Pulver Stefanowski
1965 Get Smart Hymie The Robot
1967 Divorce American Style Larry Strickland
1968 Maryjane Bearded prisoner Uncredited/Written by
1972 Wild in the Sky Diver Written & Produced by
1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Werewolf Carl Kolchak's swinging roommate on the cruise
1975 The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery Oscar Cornell
1975 When Things Were Rotten Robin Hood 13 episodes
1977 Fun with Dick and Jane Dr. Will
1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries:

The Mystery of the Flying Courier

Tail Gunner
1977 Billy Jack Goes to Washington Gov. Hubert Hopper
1980 Marathon Bud TV Movie
1981 Happy Days Dr. Ludlow Welcome to My Nightmare, Season 8,episode 11
1986 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Serpentor Voice
1986 GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords Brimstone / Bugsie / Klaws / Narlihog Voice
1987 G.I. Joe: The Movie Serpentor Voice
1988 Glitch! Julius Lazar
1992 The Naked Truth The Bartender
1992 Garfield and Friends Skip Yenta Guest star/Voice


Bibliography

References

  1. ^ Blake, Meredith (January 14, 2017). "Dick Gautier, best known as 'Get Smart's' Hymie the robot, dies at 85". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ a b c Barnes, Mike (January 14, 2017). "Dick Gautier, Hymie the Robot on Get Smart, Dies at 85". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Divorce American Style (1967) - IMDb, retrieved 2019-12-04
  4. ^ "Family Feud (1989): Funny Men vs Funny Women" on YouTube
  5. ^ Lamar, Cyriaque (June 19, 2011). "In this bizarre PSA, Batgirl almost kills Batman over unequal pay". io9. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Dick Gautier Biography". Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "Dick Gautier Chats with the Café". Classic Film and TV Café. April 2013. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "Transformers voice actor Dick Gautier the voice of Rodimus Prime to attend TFcon 2013". TFcon. April 2, 2013. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  9. ^ Grimes, William (May 19, 2011). "Barbara Stuart, TV Actress, Is Dead at 81". The New York Times.