A one-day convention being held in the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday the 13th will feature a signing event with the original cast of the '80's animated G.I.Joe TV series -- including Dick Gautier. Those familiar with Mel Brooks's TV work will recall Gautier as Hymie the Robot in GET SMART, and Robin Hood in the underrated '70's series WHEN THINGS WERE ROTTEN. (At least, I thought ROTTEN was hilarious when I was in elementary school. I don't know how it's aged.)
Mark Evanier's blog features one of Gautier's lesser-known roles: An early-'70's National Labor PSA for the equal pay initiative, featuring Yvonne Craig as Batgirl, Burt Ward as Robin, the TV series's producer as the familiar voice of the narrator -- and Gautier doing such an uncanny Adam West imitation as Batman that few must have realized it wasn't West.