The Hollywood Reporter has reported that actor Dick Gautier died on Friday after a long illness. He was 85. Gautier achieved fame as playing Conrad Birdie in the original 1960 Broadway production of Bye, Bye Birdie. His performance earned him a Tony Award nomination.
He was known to TV audiences as Hymie the Robot on the sitcom Get Smart, and reprised the role in the TV movie Get Smart, Again! He also played Robin Hood in the short-lived Mel Brooks’ comedy When Things Were Rotten. His other TV appearances include guest turns on Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, Charles in Charge, and Nip/Tuck. He also appeared in films like Divorce American Style, Fun With Dick and Jane, and Billy Jack Goes to Washington.
During the 80’s and 90’s, Gautier’s voice credits included shows like Challenge of the GoBots, DuckTales, The Addams Family, Batman: The Animated Series, and Captain Planet and the Planeteers. His best known voice roles include Spike the Bulldog on Tom & Jerry Kids, Rodimus Prime on The Transformers, and the Cobra Emperor Serpentor on G.I. Joe.
Gautier was also an accomplished artist writing several books about drawing and cartooning.
He was survived by his wife, two daughters, a son, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
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