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Bob Newhart is 94 years old
Best known as: Deadpan star of the sitcom Newhart



Bob Newhart Biography

Name at birth: George Robert Newhart

Bob Newhart is a comedian whose deadpan delivery and understated wit made him a top stand-up act in the 1960s and a TV star in the 1970s and ’80s.

His first comedy record, The Button-down Mind of Bob Newhart, was the top-selling comedy record of 1960 and earned Newhart three Grammy awards. He was known especially for variations on one unique act: a comical one-sided phone conversation with an unheard partner, with Newhart’s deadpan reactions and discomfort providing the comedy value. Newhart became a frequent guest star on television variety shows, especially those of Dean Martin and Johnny Carson.

In the 1970s he starred in The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78) as Bob Hartley, a Chicago psychologist. In the 1980s he had another big hit with the TV show Newhart (1982-90) as Dick Loudon, a Vermont innkeeper.

In an era when crass was king, Newhart practiced clean and subtly subversive comedy and became one of television’s biggest stars. In the 21st century he continue to appear in TV shows and movies; he had high-profile parts in the movie Elf (2003, starring Will Ferrell) and in the TV shows ER (in 2003) and Desperate Housewives (in 2005, starring Teri Hatcher).

Extra credit

Bob Newhart was the voice of Bernard in Walt Disney‘s The Rescuers (1977)… Suzanne Pleshette played his wife in The Bob Newhart Show; Mary Frann played his wife in Newhart… The final episode of Newhart is considered a television classic: at the end of the episode, Bob Newhart wakes in his old bed with his wife from The Bob Newhart Show, Suzanne Pleshette, and his entire run as a Vermont innkeeper on Newhart is explained away as a dream.


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