Sep. 5th, 1929
Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Bob Newhart's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2003 - Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
2003 - Elf
1998 - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
1997 - In & Out
1990 - The Rescuers Down Under
1980 - Little Miss Marker
1977 - The Rescuers
1971 - Cold Turkey
1970 - On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
1970 - Catch-22
1968 - Hot Millions
1962 - Hell Is for Heroes
Guest TV Roles
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.
- Of Irish and German descent.
- Guest hosted _"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962)_ (qv) 87 times.
- 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.
- Son-in-law of actor 'Bill Quinn (I)' (qv).
- He has a sister (Sister M. Joan Newhart) who is a nun.
- 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'?".
- His 1960 comedy album "The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart" went to #1 on the charts, beating out 'Elvis Presley' (qv) and _The Sound of Music (1965)_ (qv) cast album. The album won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for 1960.
- 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".