Friday, January 13, 2017

Dick Gautier

Dick Gautier
October 30, 1931 - January 13, 2017
Dick 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.

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 played Robin Hood in the short-lived TV comedy series When Things Were Rotten, a Mel Brooks send-up of the classic legend.

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.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Gautier was a frequent game show panelist, appearing on Match GameFamily Feud,TattletalesShowoffsYou Don't Say!Liar's ClubPassword PlusBody LanguageSuper PasswordWin, 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.

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

Good Night Mr. Dick Gautier

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