Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away

Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away

Saturday, January 14th, 2017 4:33pm CST

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It's unfortunate that we have to report on news such as this. Tess Hightower, the wife of Richard Gautier has made a simple Facebook post to announce the passing of her husband at the age of 85.

Dick quietly passed away tonight


To many of us, Dick Gautier was the voice of Rodimus Prime/Hot Rod from the G1 cartoon as well as Apeface, Firebolt, and the Quintesson scientist from "The Killing Jar".

Some of you may even remember Mr Gautier as "Hymie", the KAOS built robot that eventually changed sides and became a part of CONTROL alongside Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 in Get Smart.

He had an extensive acting career both in front of the camera and behind the microphone and camera.

The staff of Seibertron.com pass on our condolences to Mr Gautiers wife and family.

Credit(s): Tess Hightower - Facebook


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Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1852392)
Posted by Decepticon Stryker on January 14th, 2017 @ 5:51pm CST
Sad to see him gone. My condolences to his family and friends. I don't have much more to say about this.
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1852395)
Posted by Optimum Supreme on January 14th, 2017 @ 6:44pm CST
Oh man, I loved Hymie when I watched Get Smart reruns when I was a kid. RIP.
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1852410)
Posted by hyperconvoy69 on January 14th, 2017 @ 10:22pm CST
I was so blown away back in the day when I found out that Hymie from Get Smart voiced Hot Rod/ Rodimus Prime for season 3/4 of the G1 cartoon. An amazing talent with a long and storied career.. Huge cauldron of win. RIP.
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1852423)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on January 15th, 2017 @ 12:36am CST
Last year my cable provider added the Buzzr network, which is all old game shows. My sister and I love watching it and was pleasantly surprised to find that Dick was a panelist on a few of them, notably a late 70's show that featured celebrity couples called Tattletales.
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1852434)
Posted by griftimus prime on January 15th, 2017 @ 3:22am CST
i liked the movie version of hotrod better. but he did a great rodimus on the show. rip
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1852463)
Posted by Rodimus Primal on January 15th, 2017 @ 11:30am CST
This is really sad. I've always loved the character and had hoped to meet him someday. My deepest condolences to his family.
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1852468)
Posted by MGrotusque on January 15th, 2017 @ 1:03pm CST
I always thought the voice for Rodimus Prime was spot on for the character.
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1852851)
Posted by o.supreme on January 17th, 2017 @ 10:20am CST
this is indeed sad news, but I was unaware of his age. Even when seeing him on the interview for the "Matrix" box set S!F put out in 2009 would have put him at 76-77, he certainly did not look his age at the time. It's also odd to think they chose an older actor, to represent a much younger character in Transformers. But I guess that's one of the wonderful things about animation. He will be missed definitely.
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1852853)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 17th, 2017 @ 10:23am CST
o.supreme wrote:It's also odd to think they chose an older actor, to represent a much younger character in Transformers.
As Hot Rod, yeah, but maybe they wanted Rodimus Prime to have a more grown up and matured feel to him.
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1852854)
Posted by o.supreme on January 17th, 2017 @ 10:32am CST
Well considering Judd Nelson IRL is 28 years younger (even as he was Voicing Rodimus Prime), and no, I'm not suggesting they should have used Nelson in the series. I know the celebrity voices in TF:TM could not have continued on in the regular series, but as I said, that's the wonderful thing about animation; you aren't limited by your appearance, if you can project a voice that is believable, not matter your age, gender, ethnicity etc... you can "BE" that character. It is a talent I have come to admire considerably.
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1852855)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 17th, 2017 @ 10:38am CST
But I'm saying, since Rodimus is "older" than Hot Rod, maybe they wanted Rodimus to sound "older" and more grown up, and so cast the older Dick Gautier to voice him for possibly that reason.

Hot Rod's a young character, but Rodimus is all wrinkles in the face. ;)
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1853060)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on January 18th, 2017 @ 1:45pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:Rodimus is all wrinkles in the face. ;)
Hey! HEY! HEY! Watch it, Know-It-All. :-P

RIP Mr. Gautier, you gave voice to my favorite cartoon character.
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1853966)
Posted by Ratbat on January 23rd, 2017 @ 3:00pm CST
:( :( :( :( :( :(
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Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1854100)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 23rd, 2017 @ 11:15pm CST
Rodimus Prime wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Rodimus is all wrinkles in the face. ;)
Hey! HEY! HEY! Watch it, Know-It-All. :-P
Wha? Dat how he get all da ladies. Dem wrinkles o' his are manly. :MR-T:

:P
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1854122)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on January 24th, 2017 @ 3:47am CST
Maybe all the ladies who have daddy issues... :lol:
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1910981)
Posted by PopCultureGeek2063 on September 14th, 2017 @ 5:35pm CDT
still sad about his passing, I had hoped to meet him someday.
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1961277)
Posted by PopCultureGeek2063 on May 24th, 2018 @ 12:55am CDT
o.supreme wrote:this is indeed sad news, but I was unaware of his age. Even when seeing him on the interview for the "Matrix" box set S!F put out in 2009 would have put him at 76-77, he certainly did not look his age at the time. It's also odd to think they chose an older actor, to represent a much younger character in Transformers. But I guess that's one of the wonderful things about animation. He will be missed definitely.

I know this is a big bump, but I have the matrix dvd box set, and on the special features, it doesn't feature the interviews with the voice actors, even though it has all 16 discs.
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1961278)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 24th, 2018 @ 1:15am CDT
PopCultureGeek2063 wrote:
o.supreme wrote:this is indeed sad news, but I was unaware of his age. Even when seeing him on the interview for the "Matrix" box set S!F put out in 2009 would have put him at 76-77, he certainly did not look his age at the time. It's also odd to think they chose an older actor, to represent a much younger character in Transformers. But I guess that's one of the wonderful things about animation. He will be missed definitely.

I know this is a big bump, but I have the matrix dvd box set, and on the special features, it doesn't feature the interviews with the voice actors, even though it has all 16 discs.
It's on Disc 11. It's a roundtable discussion with eight G1 voice actors titled "The Headmasters: Voicing the Robots in Disguise".
Re: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away (1961348)
Posted by o.supreme on May 24th, 2018 @ 10:33am CDT
^ Definitely check that first. Alternatively, sadly, there have been bootleg versions of the Matrix set produced, which may not contain all the supplementary material. You can tell in that The Matrix Box is made of very shoddy material. It's sad because bootleg DVD's are becoming more and more prevalent and harder to decipher on sites like Amazon and eBay. Pirates are getting better at copying DVD's (not always the purple dvdr's anymore, they can actually press DVD), and they can make packaging similar to the genuine article.

The best advice I can give is that, if the price of something seems to good to be true, it probably is. I've watched a few sets of different TV shows on eBay recently. Before I bid, I inquire of the seller if these are genuine licensed dvd's. If I get no response, that pretty much is all I need to know.

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