Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart

  • Highest Rated: 100% On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)
  • 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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

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
69% 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
80% The Rescuers Bernard 1977
No Score Yet Thursday's Game Marvin Ellison 1974
50% Cold Turkey Merwin Wren 1971
79% 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

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

89% 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
70% George & Leo
1997-1998
George Stoody
  • 1998
  • 1997
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
100% Bob
1993
Bob McKay
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
Dick Loudon
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982

QUOTES FROM Bob Newhart CHARACTERS

Major Major
Sergeant, from now on, I don't want anyone to come in and see me while I'm in my office. Is that clear?
Sgt. Towser
Yes, sir. What do I say to people who want to come in and see you while you're in your office?
Major Major
Tell them I'm in and ask them to wait.
Sgt. Towser
For how long?
Major Major
Until I've left.
Sgt. Towser
And then what do I do with them?
Major Major
I don't care.
Major Major
Is something wrong?
Chaplain Tappman
No, no. I...just thought I saw something.
Major Major
A naked man in a tree?
Chaplain Tappman
Yes, that's it.
Maj. Danby
That's just Yossarian.
Gen. Dreedle
Why aren't you wearing clothes, Captain?
Capt. Yossarian
I don't wanna.
Gen. Dreedle
What do you mean you don't want to, why the hell don't you?
Capt. Yossarian
I don't know, I just don't wanna [laughs].
Gen. Dreedle
Why isn't he wearing clothes?
Col. Korn
[to Cathcart] He's talking to you.
Col. Cathcart
Why isn't he wearing clothes, Major?
Major Major
Why isn't he wearing clothes, Sergeant?
Jake
So, which way you taking? Suicide Trail through Nightmare Canyon, or the shortcut at Satan's Ridge?
Bernard
Suicide Trail?
Jake
Good choice. More snakes, less quicksand. Then once you cross Bloodworm Creek, you're scot-free. That is, until, uh, Dead Dingo Pass.
Miss Bianca
Oh, Bernard, you are magnificent. Youâ??re absolutely the hero of the day
Miss Bianca
Oh, Bernard, you are magnificent. You're absolutely the hero of the day.
Bernard
Miss Bianca, Anything Else Happens...Will you Mary Me?
Bernard
Miss Bianca, Anything Else Happens... Will you Mary Me?
Miss Bianca
Bernard! Of Course I Will!
Jake
Well done, Mate.
Miss Bianca
Oh, Bernard, you are Magnificent! You're absolutly the hero of the day.
Bernard
Miss Bianca, before anything else happens...Will You Mary Me?
Miss Bianca
Bernard...Of course I will!
Jake
Well done, Mate.
Cody
Come On, Marahute! Let's all go home!
Nately
"You're a shameful opportunist! What you don't understand is that it's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."
Nately
You're a shameful opportunist! What you don't understand is that it's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Maj. Major
You're a shameful opportunist! What you don't understand is that it's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Old Man
"You have it backwards! It is better to live on your feet than to die on your knees. I know."
Old Man
You have it backwards! It is better to live on your feet than to die on your knees. I know.
Nately
How do you know?
Maj. Major
How do you know?
Old Man
Because I am 107 years old. How old are you?
Nately
I'll be 23 in January.
Maj. Major
I'll be 20 in January.
Old Man
If you live.
Flynn Carsen
Where are the Marines?
Judson
[pulls back shirt to reveal Marine tattoo over heart] Semper Fi.