Bob Newhart

Biography

Date of Birth 5 September 1929, Oak Park, Illinois, USA Birth Name George Robert Newhart Height 5' 8" (1.73 m) Spouse Ginny Newhart (12 January 1963 - present) 4 children Trade Mark Stammering delivery while he talks. Telephone monologues as part of his act. One-sided conversations Trivia Newhart insisted that there never be any 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 CBS series, "The Bob Newhart Show" (1972), 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?". Prior to hitting his success on the comedy circuits in the 1960s, Bob worked as a certified public accountant for a Chicago firm. He hated every minute of it. His 1960 comedy album [i]The Buttoned-Down Mind of Bob Newhart[/i] went to #1 on the charts, beating out Elvis Presley and The Sound of Music[/i] original Broadway cast album. The album won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for 1960. Father of Robert William Newhart, Courtney Newhart, Timothy Newhart and Jennifer Newhart. He has a sister (Sister M. Joan Newhart) who is a nun. His wife came up with the idea for The Last Newhart (the last episode of "Newhart" (1982)), in which the entire 1982 series was all a dream of Dr. Bob Hartley of "The Bob Newhart Show" (1972). Guest hosted "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) 87 times. Appeared on "The Dean Martin Show" (1965) 24 times. Appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (a.k.a. "Toast of the Town" (1948)) 8 times. Son-in-law of actor Bill Quinn. Like Bill Cosby, 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". He was awarded a Kennedy Centre Mark Twain Prize for comedy. Nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award in the best spoken word album category for his album I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!. Every television series he starred in has his name in the title: "The Bob Newhart Show" (1961), "The Bob Newhart Show" (1972), "Newhart" (1982), "Bob" (1992), and "George & Leo" (1997) (George is his real first name, Robert is his middle name). Was considered for the role of Andy Stone in Casino (1995). Of Irish and German descent. Good friend of Don Rickles.

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The Rescuers

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The Rescuers Down Under

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Elf

Papa Elf

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The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

Judson

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The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines

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On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

Dr. Mason Hume

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Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic

Himself

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Bob Newhart - Button Down Concert

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Hot Millions

Willard C. Gnatpole

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First Family

President Manfred Link

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Once Upon a Studio

Bernard (voice) (archive sound)

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Live at Mister Kelly's

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King of Cool

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Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic

Himself

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Five

Dr. Roth

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Horrible Bosses

Lou Sherman

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The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice

Judson

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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Himself

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The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines

Judson

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The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

Judson

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Elf

Papa Elf

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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

Sid Post

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Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story

Self (uncredited)

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The Sports Pages

Doc Waddems (segment "How Doc Waddems Finally Broke 100")

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In & Out

Tom Halliwell

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Bob Newhart - Button Down Concert

Various

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Holiday Greetings from 'The Ed Sullivan Show'

Self - Host

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The Entertainers

Todd Wilson

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The Rescuers Down Under

Bernard (voice)

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Comic Relief III

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First Family

President Manfred Link

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Little Miss Marker

Regret

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The Rescuers

Bernard (voice)

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Cold Turkey

Merwin Wren

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Catch-22

Major Major

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On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

Dr. Mason Hume

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Hot Millions

Willard C. Gnatpole

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Hell Is For Heroes

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