Dick Gautier

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Dick 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 84)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959–present
Spouse(s) ?
Barbara Stuart (m. 1967, divorced)
Tess Hightower
Website http://www.dickgautier.com

Dick Gautier (born October 30, 1931) is an American actor, comedian, singer, and caricaturist. Known for his television roles as 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[citation needed] 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).


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 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. 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 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?.


In 1974, 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.[3]

Voice-over roles[edit]

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 and Jerry Kids, and he was also narrator for Discovery Channel's Search for Adventure.[citation needed]

Caricatures of celebrities[edit]

Gautier 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.[citation needed]


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

Personal life[edit]

Gautier has three children from his first marriage. He was divorced from his second wife, actress Barbara Stuart (1930-2011),[4] and is currently married to Tess Hightower, a psychologist.



  1. ^ a b "Dick Gautier". The New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Family Feud (1989): Funny Men vs Funny Women
  3. ^ "Batgirl almost kills Batman over unequal pay", io9.com; accessed September 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Grimes, William (May 19, 2011). Barbara Stuart, TV Actress, Is Dead at 81. New York Times. 

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