Dick Gautier

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Dick "Richard" Gautier
Dick Gautier 1975.JPG
Gautier as Robin Hood in When Things Were Rotten, 1975.
Born Dick Gautier
(1931-10-30) October 30, 1931 (age 83)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959–present
Spouse(s) Barbara Stuart
(m. 1967, divorced)
Website
http://www.dickgautier.com/

Dick "Richard" Gautier (born October 30, 1931) is an actor, comedian, composer, singer and author. Among his most well-known television roles are that of Hymie the Robot in the television series Get Smart,[1] and Robin Hood in the short-lived TV comedy series When Things Were Rotten, a Mel Brooks send-up of the classic legend.[1]

Gautier also has a cult following for his role as Hal, the partner of Stanley Beamish in the short-lived sitcom series Mister Terrific (1967); and for his various voice roles in the 1986 animated Transformers series (including the voice of Rodimus Prime).

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gautier started his career as a night-club comic and a singer for dance orchestras; 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.[citation needed] He appeared in an episode of The Patty Duke Show, "Anywhere I Hang My Horn Is Home". He also portrayed the clumsy robot "Hymie" on TV's Get Smart. He portrayed a dance instructor in the original TV series Gidget.

As a game show panelist[edit]

During the 1970s and 1980s, Gautier was a frequent game show panelist, appearing on Match Game, Family Feud[2] 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?.[citation needed] He also briefly tried his hand at emceeing on the early 1970s celebrity couples game It's Your Bet.[citation needed] In 1985, he appeared with Days of our Lives star Gloria Loring, Shelley Smith, Vicki Lawrence, Mary Cadorette, Dallas star Jenilee Harrison, and Knots Landing star Constance McCashin for the Tournament of Losers with Bert Convy on Super Password.

Batman[edit]

In 1972, 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) was absent. Instead, Gautier filled in for West as Batman.[1]

Voice-over roles[edit]

Gautier has 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, played Spike the Dog in Tom and Jerry Kids, and he was also narrator for Discovery Channel's Search for Adventure.[citation needed]

Caricatures of celebrities[edit]

He is known for his caricatures of celebrities, and has written several instructional books on caricature, drawing, and cartooning, including Drawing and Cartooning 1001 Caricatures, Drawing and Cartooning 1001 Figures in Action and Creating Comic Characters.

Appearances[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

Gautier has three children from his first marriage. He was divorced from his second wife, actress Barbara Stuart,[3] and is currently married to psychologist Dr. Tess Hightower.

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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