56 Facts About Bob Newhart


George Robert Newhart was born on September 5,1929 and is an American comedian and actor.


Bob Newhart is known for his deadpan and stammering delivery style.


Bob Newhart has received numerous accolades including three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award.


Bob Newhart was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2002.


Newhart came to prominence in 1960 when his album of comedic monologues, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, became a bestseller and reached number one on the Billboard pop album chart; it remains the 20th-best-selling comedy album in history.


Bob Newhart had two short-lived sitcoms in the 1990s, Bob and George and Leo.


Bob Newhart had film roles such as Major Major in Catch-22 and Papa Elf in Elf.


Bob Newhart provided the voice of Bernard in the Disney animated films The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under.


In 2013, Bob Newhart made the first of his six guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory as Professor Proton, for which he received his first Primetime Emmy Award.


Bob Newhart was born on September 5,1929, at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois.


Bob Newhart's parents were Julia Pauline, a housewife, and George David Newhart, a part-owner of a plumbing and heating-supply business.


Bob Newhart's mother was of Irish descent, his father was of German and Irish descent.


Bob Newhart was educated at Roman Catholic schools in the Chicago area, including St Catherine of Siena Grammar School in Oak Park, and attended St Ignatius College Prep, graduating in 1947.


Bob Newhart then enrolled at Loyola University Chicago from which he graduated in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in business management.


Bob Newhart was drafted into the United States Army and served in the United States during the Korean War as a personnel manager until being discharged in 1954.


Bob Newhart briefly attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law, but did not complete a degree, in part, he says, because he was asked to behave unethically during an internship.


Bob Newhart later said that his motto, "That's close enough", and his habit of adjusting petty cash imbalances with his own money showed he did not have the temperament to be an accountant.


In 1958, Newhart became an advertising copywriter for Fred A Niles, a major independent film and television producer in Chicago.


Bob Newhart expanded his material into a stand-up routine he began to perform at nightclubs.


Bob Newhart became famous mostly on the strength of his audio releases, in which he played a solo "straight man".


Bob Newhart's routine was to portray one end of a conversation, playing the comedic straight man and implying what the other person was saying.


Bob Newhart told a 2005 interviewer for PBS's American Masters that his favorite stand-up routine is "Abe Lincoln vs Madison Avenue", which appears on this album.


Chicago TV director and future comedian Bill Daily, who was Newhart's castmate on The Bob Newhart Show, suggested the routine to him.


Bob Newhart became known for an intentional stammer, in service to his unique combination of politeness and disbelief at what he was supposedly hearing.


Years later, he released Bob Newhart Off the Record, The Button-Down Concert, and Something Like This, an anthology of his 1960s Warner Bros.


Bob Newhart appeared in a 1963 episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, "How to Get Rid of Your Wife"; and on The Judy Garland Show.


Bob Newhart guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 87 times, and hosted Saturday Night Live twice, in 1980 and 1995.


Bob Newhart reprised his role as Dr Bob Hartley on Murphy Brown, appeared as himself on The Simpsons, and played a retired forensic pathologist on NCIS.


Bob Newhart guest-starred on three episodes of ER, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, as well as on Desperate Housewives and a role on NCIS as Ducky's mentor and predecessor, who was discovered to have Alzheimer's disease.


In 1968, Bob Newhart played an annoying software specialist in the film Hot Millions.


Bob Newhart's films include 1970's Alan Jay Lerner musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, the 1971 Norman Lear comedy Cold Turkey, Mike Nichols's war satire Catch 22, the 1977 Disney animated feature The Rescuers and its 1990 sequel The Rescuers Down Under as the voice of Bernard, and the Will Ferrell holiday comedy Elf.


Bob Newhart played the President of the United States in the comedy First Family.


Bob Newhart made a cameo appearance as a sadistic but appreciative CEO at the end of the comedy Horrible Bosses.


In 1972, soon after he guest-starred on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, he was approached by his agent and his managers, producer Grant Tinker, and actress Mary Tyler Moore, to work on a series called The Bob Newhart Show, to be written by David Davis and Lorenzo Music.


Bob Newhart was very interested in the starring role of psychologist Bob Hartley, with Suzanne Pleshette playing his wry, loving wife, Emily, and Bill Daily as neighbor and friend Howard Borden.


Bob Newhart read the script and he agreed it was very funny.


Bob Newhart discontinued the series in 1978 after six seasons and 142 episodes.


Bob Newhart just makes it look so easy, and he's not as in-your-face as some might be.


Bob Newhart ended in 1990 after eight seasons and 182 episodes.


Bob Newhart realizes that the entire eight-year Newhart series had been a single nightmare of Dr Bob Hartley's, which Emily attributes to eating Japanese food before he went to bed.


In 1992, Newhart returned to television with a series called Bob, about a cartoonist.


In 1995, Bob Newhart was approached by Showtime to make the first comedy special of his 35-year career, Off The Record, which consisted of him performing material from his first and second albums in front of an audience in Pasadena, California.


In 2003, Bob Newhart guest-starred on three episodes of ER in a rare dramatic role that earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, his first in nearly 20 years.


Bob Newhart "survived" his containment to help O'Brien present the award for Outstanding Comedy Series.


At that year's Emmy ceremony, Bob Newhart appeared as a presenter with The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and received a standing ovation.


Bob Newhart continued to play the character periodically through the show's 12th and final season and on its spinoff Young Sheldon.


On December 19,2014, Bob Newhart made a surprise appearance on the final episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, where he was revealed to be the person inside Secretariat, Ferguson's on-set pantomime horse.


In June 2015, Bob Newhart appeared on another series finale, that of Hot in Cleveland, playing the father-in-law of Joy Scroggs.


Bob Newhart is known for his deadpan delivery and a slight stammer that he incorporated early on into the persona around which he built a successful career.


Bob Newhart is a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd and the related Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California.


Ginnie Bob Newhart died on April 23,2023, at the age of 82.


In 1985, Bob Newhart was hospitalized, suffering from secondary polycythemia, after years of heavy smoking.


Bob Newhart recovered after several weeks and has since quit smoking.


In 1995, Bob Newhart was one of several investors in Rotijefco, which bought radio station KKSB in Santa Barbara, California.


Bob Newhart was an early home-computer hobbyist, purchasing the Commodore PET after its 1977 introduction.


Bob Newhart sold the property to developers in May 2016 for $14.5 million.