Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday Reads

Looks like we have another "free speech" martyr in the making.

Obituary: Actor Dick Gautier, known as playing the "robot" Hymie in the sixties sitcom Get Smart, passed away yesterday at the age of 85.

The sitcom's creator, Mel Brooks, must have liked his work there because he used Gautier once again, casting him in the short-lived comedy, When Things Were Rotten, back in 1975. It was a flop but later became a cult series of sorts. Brooks pretty much concentrated his efforts on the big screen after that.

Gautier's second wife was Barbara Stuart, an actress who like him was seen everywhere on television during its first two decades. She died in 2011. He was divorced from his third wife, Tess.

Gautier died in an assisted living facility, according to his daughter.


Gautier was born on Oct. 30, 1931, in Culver City, and his father, a French-Canadian, worked as a grip at MGM. He spent some time growing up in Montreal and sang and did a comedy act with a band that wound up on a local TV show in L.A.

He served in the U.S. Navy, where he booked acts, including a young Johnny Mathis. When he got out of the service in San Francisco, he hung out at the hungry i nightclub and decided to try stand-up. He and the legendary Mort Sahl were among the first comics to be booked at the club, which would go on to become a renowned breeding ground for stand-ups.

The charming Gautier played clubs all over the country and for a time toured with the folk act The Kingston Trio. When he was looking for material for an act in Las Vegas, he paid Jay Leno and David Letterman $100 an hour to write jokes for him, he said in the chat with Nesteroff.

He had three children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

The dipshit-elect is having a Twitter meltdown over Rep. John Lewis, who refuses to back down from his criticism of the megalomaniac.

Oh, yawn...The scavengers found him and got rid of him a long time ago.

What people won't do for a buck.

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