Dick Gautier, 'Get Smart' actor, dies at 85

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Dick Gautier, who is best known to baby-boomers as Hymie the Robot in "Get Smart," died Friday in Los Angeles of pneumonia, according to his daughter, Denise. He was 85.

Born in Culver City, Calif., Gautier quickly helped Hymie make an impression in the 1960s spy spoof. Despite the fact that he only appeared in four episodes over six seasons, Gautier's deadpan delivery helped the robot become a memorable fan favorite.

Gautier's film and TV credits after "Get Smart" include appearances in "When Things Were Rotten," "Love, American Style," "Fantasy Island," "Fun With Dick and Jane," and "Charlie's Angels."

Gautier was also well known in the theater community for playing Conrad Birdie in the original production of "Bye, Bye Birdie" in 1960. The production, which also starred Dick Van Dyke, earned Gautier a Tony nomination.

Younger audiences may know Gautier for his voice work. He played Rodimus Prime and Hot Rod in the '80s "Transformers" cartoon, Serpentor on "G.I. Joe," and multiple characters in "Yogi Bear," "The Smurfs," and "A Pup Named Scooby Doo." He also provided voicework for "The Addams Family," "Tom & Jerry," "Cow and Chicken," and "Captain Planet."

Gautier is survived by former wife Tess; daughters Denise and Chris; son Rand; grandchildren Darby, Brandon, Megan, and Elisa; and great-grandchildren Reya, Bella, Odette, Jade, and Avery.

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Dick Gautier through the years
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 'Love and Women's Lib' - Airdate March 12, 1971. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) DICK GAUTIER;MICHAEL CALLAN;NANCIE PHILLIPS
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 'Love and Women's Lib' - Airdate March 12, 1971. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BETH BRICKELL;DICK GAUTIER
WHEN THINGS WERE ROTTEN - 'Richard Gautier and Wife Barbara' - Shoot date June 12, 1975. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID SABIN;RICHARD DIMITRI;RICHARD GAUTIER;CHARLES THOMAS MURPHY;MISTY ROWE;HENRY POLIC II;DICK VAN PATTEN;BENRIE KOPELL
WHEN THINGS WERE ROTTEN - 'The Capture of Robin Hood' - Airdate September 10, 1975. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JERRY PARIS;DICK VAN PATTEN;RICHARD GAUTIER;MEL BROOKS;RICHARD DIMITRI
WHEN THINGS WERE ROTTEN - 'Birthday Blues' - Airdate November 19, 1975. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RICHARD GAUTIER;DAVID SABIN;DICK VAN PATTEN
THE HARDY BOYS/NANCY DREW MYSTERIES - 'The Mystery of the Flying Courier' which aired on April 10, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) DICK GAUTIER
FANTASY ISLAND - 'Lady of the House / Brandell's Favorites' - Airdate: February 25, 1984. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) DICK 'RICHARD' GAUTIER;LAUREN TEWES
GET SMART -- Pictured: (l-r) Don Adams as Maxwell Smart Agent 86, Dick Gautier as Hymie, Edward Platt as Chief Thaddeus, Barbara Feldon as Agent 99 (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 'Love and the Awakening/Love and the Bashful Groom/Love and the Four-Sided Triangle/Love and the Naked Stranger' - Airdate October 22, 1971. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) DICK GAUTIER;RUTA LEE
GET SMART -- 'Back to the Old Drawing Board' Episode 19 -- Aired 01/29/66 -- Pictured: (l-r) Don Adams as Maxwell Smart - Agent 86, Richard Gautier as Hymie (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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