‘Get Smart’ Actor Dick Gautier Dies

Prolific actor Dick Gautier died January 13 in Arcadia, California at the age of 85. Some reports say that Gautier died as a result of pneumonia; while say his death was the result of a long illness.

While he appeared in over 100 film and television productions, Gautier is best known for his role as Hymie the Robot on the sixties television sitcom “Get Smart”.

He made his screen debut in 1963 with an episode of “The Eleventh Hour”. His other television roles include “Gidget”, “The Patty Duke Show”, “Bewitched”, 17 episodes of “Mr. Terrific”, “The Flying Nun”, 13 episodes of “Here We Go Again”, six episodes of “Love, American Style”, “The Rockford Files”, “Marcus Welby, M.D.”, “Wonder Woman”, “The Love Boat”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Happy Days”, “Fantasy Islan”, the original “Knight Rider”, 21 episodes of “Galter and the Golden Lance”, 19 episodes of “G.I. Joe”, “The Transformers”, 16 episodes of “Foofur”, “Duck Tales”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “The New Yogi Bear Show”, “The Smrfs”, “Batman: The Animated Series”, “Garfield and Friends”, “Silk Stalkings”, 18 episodes of “The Pirates of Dark Matter”, 21 episodes of “The Addams Family”, “Cow and Chicken”, and his final role in 2010 in “Nip/Tuck”.

His film roles inclue “Divorce American Style”, “Wild in the Sky”, “Fun with Dick and Jane”, “Marathon”, “Glitch!”, and “Get Smart Again!”.

But it was as a stand up comic and Broadway actor that got Gautier his start as a professional entertainer. His only Broadway appearance was as Conrad Birdie in the original production of “Bye Bye Birdie” – a role that earned him a Tony Award nomination. He also performed on stage in a number of touring productions including “The Music Man”, “Brigadoon”, “Cabaret”, “Baby”, “South Pacific”, and “They’re Playing Our Song”.

A California native, Richard Gauthier was born on October 30, 1931 in Culver City to Hollywood parents. Before beginning his career in entertainment, Gautier served in the Navy.

Besides acting he is an acomplished caricature artist, and author.

He is survived by his third wife Tess, three children – Chrissie, Randy and Denise, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


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