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'Get Smart' Actor Dick Gautier Dead at 85

'Get Smart' Actor Dick Gautier Dead at 85
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Gautier (R) with Don Adams in a "Get Smart" scene

Dick Gautier, well-known as the robot Hymie on the '60s series "Get Smart" — even though he made only six appearances on the show — has died at age 85 following a long illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Before his success on the sitcom, which was created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry and starred the late Don Adams, Gautier was a stand-up comic who vaulted to fame as the original Conrad Birdie in the 1960 Broadway musical "Bye, Bye Birdie," which starred Dick Van Dyke.

Though he had resisted the part initially, his turn as Birdie earned him a Tony nomination.

Throughout the '60s and '70s especially, Gautier made a series of TV guest appearances, including on fondly remembered hits like "Love, American Style," "Wonder Woman," "The Love Boat," "Charlie's Angels" and "Too Close for Comfort."

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Gautier at The Hollywood Show in 2013

In his later years, Gautier became a voice actor, a fine artist and attended autograph shows. He was memorialized on Facebook by longtime friend and fellow actor Christopher Riordan ("Superstore"), who wrote, "He was smart, clever, insightful; and had a deliciously evil sense of humor."

He is survived by his daughter Denise, daughter Chris, son Rand, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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