Obituary: Dick Gautier, Broadway and TV star

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Actor Dick Gautier   arrives at The Actors Fund's 15th Annual Tony Awards Party  on June 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Actor Dick Gautier arrives at The Actors Fund's 15th Annual Tony Awards Party on June 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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Richard Gautier. Born: 30 October 1931, Los Angeles. Died: 13 January 2017, Arcadia, California, aged 85

Actor Dick Gautier, who gained fame playing an Elvis-like singer in the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie and went on to play Hymie the Robot on Sixties US sitcom Get Smart, has died. He was 85.

Gautier died on Friday at an assisted living facility in Los Angeles County, his publicist Harlan Boll said.

Gautier, who started out as a stand-up comic, was nominated for a Tony for his stage turn as Conrad Birdie. “He was proud to be amongst those nominated for the Tony” for the role in 1961, Boll said in a statement.

Boll said: “It was when he played the character of Hymie the robot on Get Smart [a Mel Brooks and Buck Henry production] that he gained more notoriety than ever.”

In addition to his popular role on Get Smart, Gautier appeared in films including Divorce, American Style, Billy Jack Goes To Washington and Fun With Dick And Jane.

Gautier, who was also a cartoonist, worked as a voice actor for cartoons including Transformers and Smurfs.

“Throughout his life, Dick was always painting, sculpting and drawing”, Boll said. “One of the things he became particularly good at was caricature.”

He is survived by three children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.