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- Jul 31, 2003
From the NY Daily News
Dick Gautier, the actor best known for portraying Hymie the Robot in "Get Smart," has died.
He was 85.
Gautier starred in the original production of "Bye, Bye Birdie" and then went on to land the role of Hymie in the '60s sitcom "Get Smart." The actor, who started out as a stand-up comic, died at an assisted living facility Friday night after a long illness, his daughter Denise told The Hollywood Reporter.
Despite only showing face in six episodes over the course of four seasons, Hymie was one of the series' most popular characters. Gautier nailed the role of the supercomputer man alongside spy Max, played by Don Adams.
Gautier returned to star in the 1989 "Get Smart" TV movie to reprise his role.
His Broadway role as Conrad Birdie in the 1960 production of "Bye, Bye Birdie" featuring Dick Van Dyke was the role that would land him a Tony nomination.
In 1975, he had a short-lived role on the TV series "When Things Were Rotten," in which he starred as Robin Hood.
Gautier also appeared in the films "Divorce American Style" (1967), "Fun With Dick and Jane" (1977) and "Billy Jack Goes to Washington" (1977). He also made appearances on TV shows like "Charlie's Angels," "The Love Boat," "Murder, She Wrote," and "Nip/Tuck."