Sep. 5th, 1929
Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Bob Newhart's Main TV Roles
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George Robert Newhart known professionally as Bob Newhart, is a stand-up comedian and actor. Noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery, Newhart came to prominence in the 1960s when his album of comedic monologues The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart was a worldwide bestseller and reached #1 on the Billboard pop music charts—it remains the 20th best-selling album in history (10/2007). The follow-up album, The Button-Down Mind Strikes Again! was also a massive success, and both albums held the Billboard #1 and #2 spots simultaneously, a feat unequaled until the 1991 release of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II by hard rock band Guns N' Roses.
Newhart later went into acting, starring in two long-running and prize-winning situation comedies, first as psychologist Dr. Robert "Bob" Hartley on the 1970s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show and then as innkeeper Dick Loudon on the 1980s sitcom Newhart. He also had a third sitcom that was short-lived and initially successful but was soon canceled, named Bob. Newhart also appeared in film roles such as Major Major in Catch-22, and Papa Elf in Elf. He provided the voice of Bernard in the Walt Disney animated films The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under. One of his most recent roles is the library head Judson in The Librarian.
- Prior to hitting his success on the comedy circuits in the 1960s, Bob worked as a bookkeeper for a Chicago firm and hated every minute of it.
- Guest hosted _"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962)_ (qv) 87 times.
- Newhart insisted that there be no children for his character to be the father of in each of his television series. "I told the creators I didn't want any children, because I didn't want it to be a show about 'How stupid Daddy is, but we love him so much, let's get him out of the trouble he's gotten himself into.'" In the sixth year of Newhart's successful 1972 CBS series, _"The Bob Newhart Show" (1972)_ (qv), the writers wrote a script in which Emily Hartley was pregnant. When Newhart was asked his opinion of the script, he said, "It's very funny. Who are you going to get to play 'Bob'?".
- Of Irish and German descent.
- His wife came up with the idea for "The Last Newhart" (the last episode of _"Newhart" (1982)_ (qv)), in which the entire series _"Newhart" (1982)_ (qv) was all a dream of Dr. Bob Hartley of _"The Bob Newhart Show" (1972)_ (qv).
- Every television series he starred in has his name in the title: _"The Bob Newhart Show" (1961)_ (qv), _"The Bob Newhart Show" (1972)_ (qv), _"Newhart" (1982)_ (qv), _"Bob" (1992)_ (qv), and _"George & Leo" (1997)_ (qv) (George is his real first name, Robert is his middle name).
- Appeared on _"The Dean Martin Show" (1965)_ (qv) 24 times.
- Like 'Bill Cosby' (qv), Newhart has the ability to be funny without resorting to profanity. The closest Newhart comes is in his bit "The Driving Instructor," in which he comments, "...I don't suppose it is so damn funny".