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Also Known As: George Robert Newhart Died:
Born: September 5, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Oak Park, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, comedian, comedy writer, voice actor, accountant, law clerk, newspaper copywriter

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As a stand-up comedian in the 1960s, Bob Newhart explored the absurdities of everyday life with an underplayed delivery and gentle stammer that earned him three Grammys and the first comedy album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. His unique brand of humor translated well to television, where he starred in two of the best-loved sitcoms of all time - the Emmy-nominated "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS, 1972-78) and the even more popular "Newhart" (CBS, 1982-1990), which cast the genteel comedian as the put-upon owner-operator of a Vermont bed and breakfast populated by an odd assortment of characters. After the latter show went off the air, Newhart settled into a series of supporting roles in features like "In and Out" (1997), "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" (2003) and "Elf" (2003) opposite Will Ferrell. He went on to greater acclaim with an Emmy-nominated dramatic turn on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) in 2004, which earned him a new generation of fans unfamiliar with his previous sitcom success. From there, Newhart reached new heights with his acclaimed turn in "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear" (TNT, 2004) and its two sequels, while continuing to appear as a guest star on high-profile series,...

As a stand-up comedian in the 1960s, Bob Newhart explored the absurdities of everyday life with an underplayed delivery and gentle stammer that earned him three Grammys and the first comedy album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. His unique brand of humor translated well to television, where he starred in two of the best-loved sitcoms of all time - the Emmy-nominated "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS, 1972-78) and the even more popular "Newhart" (CBS, 1982-1990), which cast the genteel comedian as the put-upon owner-operator of a Vermont bed and breakfast populated by an odd assortment of characters. After the latter show went off the air, Newhart settled into a series of supporting roles in features like "In and Out" (1997), "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" (2003) and "Elf" (2003) opposite Will Ferrell. He went on to greater acclaim with an Emmy-nominated dramatic turn on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) in 2004, which earned him a new generation of fans unfamiliar with his previous sitcom success. From there, Newhart reached new heights with his acclaimed turn in "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear" (TNT, 2004) and its two sequels, while continuing to appear as a guest star on high-profile series, proving that Newhart remained a potent force in entertainment.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Horrible Bosses (2011)
5.
 Elf (2003) Papa Elf
6.
 Sports Pages, The (2001) Doc Lionel Waddems ("How Doc Waddems Finally Broke 100")
7.
 In & Out (1997) Tom Halliwell
8.
 Entertainers, The (1991) Todd Wilson
9.
 Rescuers Down Under, The (1990) Voice Of Bernard
10.
 Little Miss Marker (1980) Regret
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1952:
Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War
:
While working as an accountant, began writing and performing radio comedy sketches
1960:
First comedy album <i>The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart</i> reached No. 1 on the LP charts
1961:
Starred in "The Bob Newhart Show" variety program for NBC; earned Emmy Award nomination
1962:
Made feature debut in Don Siegel's "Hell Is for Heroes"
1968:
First substantial acting role, as Willard Gnatpole in "Hot Millions"
1970:
Cast as Major Major in "Catch-22," the film version of Joseph Heller's novel directed by Mike Nichols
1972:
Starred as Dr. Bob Hartley on "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS)
1974:
Made TV-movie debut in "Thursday's Game" (ABC), written by James L. Brooks
1977:
Voiced Bernard in the animated feature "The Rescuers"
1982:
Starred in third series "Newhart" (CBS) as Vermont inn owner Dick Loudon
1990:
Reprised role as the voice of Bernard for the sequel "The Rescuers Down Under"
1992:
Developed and starred in fourth series "Bob" (CBS) as comic book artist Bob McKay
1997:
Returned to features in "In and Out" as a high school principal
1997:
Co-starred with Judd Hirsch on short-lived CBS sitcom "George & Leo"
1999:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January 6)
2003:
Appeared in the comedy "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," starring Reese Witherspoon
2003:
Played Papa Elf opposite Will Ferrell in the comedy "Elf"
2003:
Guest-starred on NBC's "ER" as an elderly architect who befriends Dr. Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) after he tried to commit suicide because he's going blind; received an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2004:
Played Judson, the head of the Metropolitan Public Library in TNT movie "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear"
2005:
Played recurring role on ABC's "Desperate Housewives" as Morty, the on-again/off-again boyfriend of Susan Mayer's (Teri Hatcher) mother
2006:
Returned to play Judson for "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines" (TNT)
2006:
Published first book <i>I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This</i>
2008:
Reprised role of Judson for third film in trilogy "The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice" (TNT); earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Movie
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
2011:
Appeared in comedy feature "Horrible Bosses"
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Education

St. Ignatius College Preparatory School: Chicago , Illinois - 1947
Loyola University Chicago: Chicago , Illinois - 1952

Notes

Received a hononary doctorate from Loyola Marymount college in 1994

Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1993.

"Bob is like the Fred Astaire of comedy - he just makes it seem so easy." --co-star Marcia Wallace, quoted in A&E's January 2001 "Biography" of Newhart

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wife:
Virginia Newhart. Married on January 12, 1964.

Family close complete family listing

father:
George David Newhart.
mother:
Julia Pauline Newhart.
sister:
Ginny Newhart.
son:
Robert William Newhart. Production coordinator. Appeared as his father in a cameo role set in a 1960s nightclub in "Heart and Souls" (1993).
son:
Timothy Newhart. Post production technician.
daughter:
Jennifer Newhart. Born c. 1972; married June 4, 1994 to Sony Music executive Joseph Bongiovi; gave birth to daughter Taylor on July 14, 1996.
daughter:
Courtney Newhart. Born c. 1978.
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