Bob Newhart

Lowest Rated: 20% First Family (1980)
Birthday: Sep 5, 1929
Birthplace: Not Available
A Chicagoan from head to toe, American comedian Bob Newhart started his workaday life as a certified public accountant after flunking out of law school. As a means of breaking his job's monotony, Newhart would call his friend Ed Gallagher, and improvise low-key comedy sketches. A mutual friend of Newhart and Gallagher's, Chicago deejay Dan Sorkin, tape-recorded some of these off-the-cuff routines and played them for Warner Bros. records. Newhart suddenly found himself booked into a Houston nightclub -- his first-ever public appearance. Armed with telephone-conversation routines which delineated how Abe Lincoln would be handled by a publicity agent, or how Abner Doubleday would have fared trying to sell baseball to a modern-day novelty firm, Newhart recorded his first comedy album in 1960 -- which evidently struck a nerve with fellow white-collar workers, since it sold 1,500,000 copies. The hottest young comic on the club-and-TV circuit, Newhart was offered starring roles in situation comedies, but felt he wasn't a good enough actor to make a single character interesting week after week. Instead, he signed in 1961 for NBC's The Bob Newhart Show, a comedy-variety series which nosedived in the ratings but won an Emmy. Fearing that TV would eat up all his material within a year or so, Newhart went back to nightclubs after his one-season series was cancelled. Sharpening his acting skills in TV guest spots and in several films (his first, 1962's Hell is For Heroes, was so unnerving an experience that Bob repeatedly begged the producers to kill his character off before the fadeout), Newhart felt emboldened enough to attempt a regular TV series again in 1972. This Bob Newhart Show cast the comedian as psychologist Bob Hartley - an ideal outlet for his "button-down" style of dry humor. Six seasons and several awards later, Newhart was firmly established as a television superstar; this time around he wasn't cancelled, but ended the series on his own volition, feeling the series had exhausted its bag of tricks. Most popular sitcom personalities had come acropper trying to repeat their first success with a second series, but Newhart broke the jinx with Newhart in 1982, wherein Bob played author Dick Loudon, who on a whim decided to open a New England colonial inn. Newhart was every bit as popular as his earlier sitcom, and, like the previous show, the series ended (in 1990) principally because Newhart chose to end it. This he did with panache: Newhart's final scene suggested the entire series had been a bad dream experienced by Bob Newhart Show's Bob Hartley! A third starring sitcom, 1992's Bob, found Newhart playing a cult-figure comic book artist; alas, despite excellent scriptwork and the usual polished Newhart performance, this new series fell victim to format tinkering and poor timeslots. Over teh course of the next few decades, Newhart would frequently turn up in guest roles on shows like Murphy Brown, ER, and Desperate Housewives, and though his 1997 odd couple sitcom George & Leo failed to find its footing, he did appear in all three installments of TNT's popular fantasy trilogy The Librarian, starring Noah Wyle. Meanwhile, cameos in such films as Elf and Horrible Bosses continually offered a gentle reminder that comedy's nicest funnyman could still crack us up.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Five Doctor 2011
No Score Yet The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice Judson 2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines Judson 2006
No Score Yet Bob Newhart: Button Down Concert Actor 2006
60% The Librarian: Quest for the Spear Judson 2004
83% Elf Papa Elf $173.5M 2003
37% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde Sid Post $89.9M 2003
No Score Yet The Sports Pages Actor 2001
40% Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Leonard the Polar Bear 1998
72% In & Out Tom Halliwell 1997
55% Heart and Souls Bob Newhart 1993
No Score Yet The Entertainers Todd Wilson 1991
68% The Rescuers Down Under Bernard 1990
20% First Family President Manfred Link 1980
No Score Yet Little Miss Marker Regret 1980
No Score Yet Marathon Walter Burton 1980
83% The Rescuers Bernard 1977
No Score Yet Thursday's Game Marvin Ellison 1974
50% Cold Turkey Merwin Wren 1971
81% Catch-22 Maj. Major 1970
100% On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Dr. Mason Hume 1970
60% Hot Millions Willard C. Gnatpole 1968
83% Hell Is for Heroes Pvt. Driscoll 1962

TV

CREDIT
87% The Librarians
2014-2018
Judson
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
81% The Big Bang Theory
2007
Prof. Proton Professor Proton Arthur Jeffries Prof. Proton/Arthur
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Appearing Guest
  • 2018
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
Bob Hartley
  • 2017
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
Bob Sr.
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
Dr. Walter Magnus
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Morty Flickman Morty
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Ben Hollander
  • 2003
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
Guest
  • 2001
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1996
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1995
  • 1980
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Dr. Bob Hartley
  • 1994
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
Dick Loudon
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982

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