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Encyclopedia > Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart, September 1987
Bob Newhart, September 1987
Birth name George Robert Newhart
Born September 5, 1929 (1929-09-05) (age 78)
Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Medium stand-up, film, television
Nationality American
Years active 1958-present
Genres Sketch comedy, Satire
Subject(s) American culture
Influences Jack Benny, Robert Benchley, H. Allen Smith, James Thurber, Max Shulman[1]
Influenced Ellen DeGeneres,[2] Lewis Black,[3] Norm Macdonald,[4] David Steinberg,[5] Ray Romano,[6] Tom Rhodes,[7] Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno[citation needed]
Spouse Virginia Quinn (1964 - present) (4 children)
Notable works and roles The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Dr. Robert Hartley in The Bob Newhart Show
Dick Loudon in Newhart
Website www.bobnewhart.com
Golden Globe Awards
Best TV Star - Male 1962
Grammy Awards
Album of the Year
1961 The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Best New Artist 1961
Best Comedy Performance
1961 The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!

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Early life

Bob Newhart was born on September 5, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois to George David Newhart and Julia Pauline Burns. Newhart attended St. Ignatius College Prep and Loyola University of Chicago where he graduated in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in business management. He was drafted in the U.S. Army and served stateside during the Korean War until discharged in 1954. is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Downtown (Oak Park Avenue) Ernest Hemingway Museum Oak Park, Illinois Lake Theater and shops along Lake Street. ... St. ... This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... The United States Army is the largest, and by some standards oldest, established branch of the armed forces of the United States and is one of seven uniformed services. ... Belligerents United Nations: Republic of Korea Australia Belgium Canada Colombia Ethiopia France Greece Luxembourg Netherlands New Zealand Philippines South Africa Thailand Turkey United Kingdom United States Naval Support and Military Servicing/Repairs: Japan Medical staff: Denmark Italy Norway India Sweden DPR Korea PR China Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee Chung...


Early career

After the war he got a job as an accountant for United States Gypsum. He later claimed that his motto, "That's close enough," shows he didn't have the temperament to be an accountant. He also claimed to have been a clerk in the unemployment office who made $60 a week but who quit upon learning weekly unemployment benefits were $55 a week and "they only had to come in to the office one day a week to collect it." In 1958 he became an advertising copywriter for Fred A. Niles, a major independent film and television producer in Chicago. It was at the company that he and a coworker would entertain each other in long telephone calls which they would record then send to a radio station as audition tapes. When his coworker ended his participation, Newhart continued the recordings alone, developing the shtick which was to serve him well for decades. In addition to his various standup bits, he incorporated that shtick into his television series at appropriate times. Accountant, or Qualified Accountant, or Professional Accountant, is a certified accountancy and financial expert in the jurisdiction of many countries. ... Categories: Companies traded on NYSE | Corporation stubs | Fortune 500 companies | Companies based in Illinois ... CIA figures for world unemployment rates, 2006 Unemployment is the state in which a person is without work, available to work, and is currently seeking work. ... A copywriter is a person who writes text, or copy, for clients. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... A shtick (Yiddish: שטיק) (or schtick) is an expression which refers to a comic theme or gimmick. ...


Stand-up comedy albums

The auditions led to his break-through recording contract. A disc jockey at the radio station -- Dan Sorkin, who later became the announcer-sidekick on his NBC series -- introduced Newhart to the head of talent at Warner Bros. Records, which signed him only a year after the label was formed, based solely on those recordings. He expanded his material into a stand-up routine which he began to perform at nightclubs. Warner Bros. ... B. J. Novak in a stand-up comedy routine at Olde English sketch comedy in June 2007. ...


Newhart became famous mostly on the strength of his audio releases, in which he became the world's first solo "straight man." This is a seeming contradiction in terms--by definition, a straight man is the counterpart of a more loony comedic partner. Newhart's routine, however, was simply to portray one end of a phone call, playing the straightest of comedic straight men and implying what he was hearing on the other end of the phone. This article is about the comedy duo. ...


Newhart told a 2005 interviewer for PBS's American Masters that his favorite standup routine is "Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue," in which a slick promoter has to deal with the reluctance of the eccentric President to agree to efforts to boost his image. The routine was suggested to Newhart by a Chicago TV director and future comedian -- Bill Daily, who would be Newhart's castmate on the 1970s Bob Newhart Show for CBS. Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... American Masters is a PBS television show which produces biographies on what it considers are the best artists, actors and writers of the United States. ... Bill Daily is an American comedian and comic actor, and a veteran of many television sitcoms, born in Des Moines, Iowa, August 30, 1928. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ...


Newhart was known for using an intentional stammer, in service of his unique combination of politeness and disbelief at what he was supposedly hearing.


His 1960 comedy album, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, went straight to number one on the charts, beating Elvis Presley and the cast album of The Sound of Music. Button Down Mind received the 1961 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Newhart also won Best New Artist, and his quickly-released follow-on album, The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back, won Best Comedy Performance - Spoken Word that same year. The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart is a 1960 live album by comedian Bob Newhart. ... Elvis redirects here. ... For other uses, see The Sound of Music (disambiguation). ... The 3rd Grammy Awards were held in 1961. ... The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category. ... The Grammy for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1960. ... The Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album was awarded from yearly 1959 to 1993 and then from 2004 to present day. ...


Subsequent comedy albums include Behind the Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart (1961), The Button-Down Mind on TV (1962), Bob Newhart Faces Bob Newhart (1964), The Windmills Are Weakening (1965), This Is It (1967), Best of Bob Newhart (1971), and Very Funny Bob Newhart (1973).


Years later he released Bob Newhart Off the Record (1992), The Button-Down Concert (1997) and Something Like This (2001), an anthology of his 1960s Warner Bros. albums.


Television

Newhart's success in stand-up led to his own NBC variety show in 1961, The Bob Newhart Show. The show lasted only a single season but earned Newhart an Emmy Award nomination and a Peabody Award. The Peabody Board cited him as: This article is about the television network. ... A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits, especially on television. ... The year 1961 in television involved some significant events. ... The Bob Newhart Show is the name of two different television series. ... An Emmy Award. ... The George Foster Peabody Awards, more commonly referred to as the Peabody Awards, are annual international awards given for excellence in radio and television broadcasting. ...

a person whose gentle satire and wry and irreverent wit waft a breath of fresh and bracing air through the stale and stuffy electronic corridors. A merry marauder, who looks less like St. George than a choirboy, Newhart has wounded, if not slain, many of the dragons that stalk our society. In a troubled and apprehensive world, Newhart has proved once again that laughter is the best medicine.

In the mid-1960s, Newhart appeared on The Dean Martin Show 24 times, and The Ed Sullivan Show eight times. He appeared in a 1963 episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Saint-George is a municipality with 695 inhabitants (as of 2003) in the district of Aubonne in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. ... The Dean Martin Show was a TV variety-comedy series that ran from 1965 to 1974, for 245 episodes. ... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ... See also: 1962 in television, other events of 1963, 1964 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1963-64 American network television schedule. ... The following is a partial list of episodes from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. ...


Newhart guest hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 87 times, and hosted Saturday Night Live twice, in 1980 and again in 1995. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was a late-night talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the Tonight Show franchise from 1962 to 1992. ... SNL redirects here. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1980. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1995. ...


He also appears in Desperate Housewives as Morty, Susan's step-dad. Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama series, created by Marc Cherry, who also serves as show runner, and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. ...


Sitcoms

Newhart's most notable exposure on television came from two long running programs centering on him. From 1972 to 1978, Newhart starred in the popular Bob Newhart Show on CBS in which he played a Chicago psychologist and husband of Emily, played by co-star Suzanne Pleshette. In 1982, Newhart returned to primetime with a new sitcom, Newhart, on CBS, co-starring Mary Frann. The Bob Newhart Show is the name of two different television series. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Pleshette in 1991 Suzanne Pleshette (born January 31, 1937 in New York City) is an American actress, best known as Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show in the 70s. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Mary Frann ( February 27, 1943 - September 23, 1998) was an American actress. ...


The two shows have a connection: when Newhart went off the air in 1990, it ended with a scene (met by screams of laughter from the studio audience) in which Newhart wakes up in bed with his wife from "The Bob Newhart Show". He realizes (in a satire of a famous plot element in the TV series Dallas a few years earlier) that the entire Newhart series was a nightmare provoked by "eating too much Japanese food before going to bed," as the final Newhart episode had him selling his country inn to Japanese investors. Recalling Mary Frann's buxom figure and her choice of clothing, Bob closes the segment and the series by telling Emily, "You should really wear more sweaters." before the typical closing notes of the old Bob Newhart Show theme played over the fadeout. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Southfork Ranch, home of the Ewing family The original cast of Dallas. ...


In 1992, Newhart returned to television with a series called Bob, about a cartoonist. An ensemble cast included a pre-Friends Lisa Kudrow, but the show did not develop a strong audience and was cancelled shortly after the start of its second season. Bob is an American television situation comedy starring Bob Newhart. ... Cartoonist Jack Elrod at work. ... This article is about the television show. ... Lisa Diane Marie Kudrow[1] (born July 30, 1963) is an Emmy Award- and SAG-winning American actress, best known for her roles as Phoebe Buffay in the popular television sitcom Friends and as Valerie Cherish in the HBO series The Comeback, which she co-created and produced. ...


In 1997, Newhart returned again with George and Leo on CBS with Judd Hirsch and Jason Bateman; the show was canceled during its first season. George and Leo was a sitcom starring the Judd Hirsch and Bob Newhart. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Judd Hirsch (born March 15, 1935 in Bronx, New York) is an American actor, best known for playing the character Alex Reiger on the acclaimed television comedy series Taxi. ... Jason Kent Bateman (born January 14, 1969) is a Golden Globe-winning and Emmy Award-nominated American actor. ...


Other appearances

In 2001, Bob made an appearance on MAD TV (Season 6), playing a psychiatrist who yells "Stop it!" in a very memorable skit.


His other television work includes:

  • The Entertainers (regular performer in 1964)
  • Thursday's Game (1974)
  • Marathon (1980)
  • Ladies and Gentlemen... Bob Newhart (1980)
  • Ladies and Gentlemen... Bob Newhart Part II (1981)
  • The Entertainers (1991)
  • The Simpsons (1996)
  • In and Out (1997)
  • The Sports Pages (2001)
  • The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004)
  • The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006)

He guest-starred on ER in a rare dramatic role that earned him an Emmy Award nomination, his first in nearly 20 years. In 2005 he began a recurring role in Desperate Housewives as Morty, the on-again/off-again boyfriend of Sophie (Lesley Ann Warren), Susan Mayer's (Teri Hatcher) mother. The Entertainers was an American variety show that aired on CBS from September 25, 1964 through March 27, 1965. ... Thursdays Game (also known as The Berk) is a television movie comedy written by James L. Brooks and directed by Robert Moore. ... The Entertainers was an American variety show that aired on CBS from September 25, 1964 through March 27, 1965. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... This article is about In & Out, the movie. ... Released on cable channel TNT in November of 2004, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear is executively produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day, The Patriot), under his Electric Entertainment (founded in 2001), with Phillip M. Goldfarb (Monk, Roswell), Jorg Westerkamp (Superbabies) and Kai Schurman co-producing. ... Current cast of ER ER is a popular NBC serial drama primarily set in a teaching hospitals emergency room, the fictional County General Hospital (based loosely off Cook County General, a real hospital) on Division Street in Chicago, Illinois. ... An Emmy Award. ... The year 2005 in television involved some significant events. ... Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama series, created by Marc Cherry, who also serves as show runner, and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. ... Lesley Ann Warren (born August 16, 1946), is an Oscar nominated American stage, film and television actress and singer. ... Teri Lynn Hatcher (born December 8, 1964) is an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and author as well. ...


His most recent appearance was on the 2006 Emmys hosted by Conan O'Brien. He was a part of a gag in which he was placed in an airtight glass prison that contained three hours of air. If the Emmys went over the time of three hours, he would die. This gag was an acknowledgment of the common frustration that award shows usually run on past their allotted time (which is usually three hours). An Emmy Award. ... Conan Christopher OBrien (born April 18, 1963) is an Emmy Award-winning American television host and comedian, best known as host of NBCs Late Night with Conan OBrien. ...


Newhart as an author

On September 20, 2006, Hyperion Books released Newhart's first book, I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This. The book is primarily a memoir, but features comic bits by Newhart as well. As comedian David Hyde Pierce notes, "The only difference between Bob Newhart on stage and Bob Newhart offstage – is that there is no stage." [1] is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... David Hyde Pierce (born April 3, 1959) is a Screen Actors Guild, Tony and Emmy Award-winning American actor, best known for his co-starring role as psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier alongside Kelsey Grammer. ...


Persona

Newhart is known for his deadpan delivery and a slight stammer which early on he incorporated into the persona around which he built a successful career. On his TV shows, although he got his share of funny lines, often he worked in the Jack Benny tradition of being the "straight man" while the sometimes somewhat bizarre cast members surrounding him got the laughs. Deadpan is a form of comedic delivery in which humour is presented without exhibiting a change in emotion or facial expression. ... “Stutter” redirects here. ... Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois – December 26, 1974 in Beverly Hills, California), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. ...


Several of his funniest bits involve hearing one half of a conversation as he spoke to someone over the phone. For example, in a routine called King Kong, a rookie security guard at the Empire State Building seeks guidance as to how to deal with an ape who is "18 to 19 stories high, depending on whether we have a 13th floor or not". He assures his boss he has looked in the guards manual "under 'ape' and 'ape's toes'". Other famous routines include "The Driving Instructor," "The Mrs. Grace L. Ferguson Airline (and Storm Door Company)", "Introducing Tobacco To Civilization", and "Abe Lincoln's Press Secretary". The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. ...


Filmography

Two of Newhart's most memorable roles were in two very different military-themed films, the 1962 film Hell Is for Heroes (where he provided some comic relief using his man-on-the-telephone routine), and his portrayal of Major Major Major Major in the 1970 film version of Catch-22. // Events Dr. No launches the James Bond film series, the longest-running motion picture franchise of all time, running more than 40 years. ... Hell Is for Heroes is a film released by Paramount Pictures in 1962. ... Major Major Major Major is a 31-year-old fictional character in the 1961 novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. ... // Events February 11 - The film The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr premieres in New York City. ... Catch-22 is a 1970 film, adapted from the book of the same name by Joseph Heller. ...


He also appeared in:

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Honors

In addition to his Peabody Award and several Emmy nominations, Newhart's recognitions include the following:

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Personal life

Newhart lived with his parents until his 20s and had three sisters. His sister Mary Joan is a nun and he came from an Irish Catholic background. He was introduced by Buddy Hackett to Virginia "Ginnie" Quinn, the daughter of late character actor Bill Quinn. She became his wife on January 12, 1963. The couple have four children (Robert, Timothy, Jennifer, and Courtney), and several grandchildren. The couple are Catholic and raised their children as such, but "Ginnie" stated they did not want them to have "the fears" that came from their upbringing.[8] His son Rob (who portrayed his father in 1993's Heart & Souls, with Robert Downey Jr.) maintains his father's official website. Irish Catholics are persons of predominantly Irish descent who adhere to the Roman Catholic faith. ... Buddy Hackett (August 31, 1924 – June 30, 2003) was an American comedian and actor. ... Bill Quinn (Born May 6, 1912. ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Robert John Downey, Jr. ...


Newhart and his wife are good friends with comedian Don Rickles and Rickles' wife, Barbara, and the couples often vacation together. Newhart and Rickles appeared together on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on January 24, 2005, the Monday following Johnny Carson's death, reminiscing about their many guest appearances on Carson's show. Donald Jay Rickles (born May 8, 1926 in New York City, New York) is an American comedian and actor. ... May 26, 2006 opening monologue of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an Emmy Award-winning American late-night talk show hosted by comedian Jay Leno on NBC. It premiered on May 25, 1992, succeeding The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. ... For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ...


Trivia

  • The final scene of the final episode of Newhart introduced a technique that is sometimes known as "breaking the fifth wall" — an analogy with breaking the fourth wall in which the fifth wall becomes the convention that two television characters could not be the same person. The idea for that scene came from the actress playing Newhart's wife.
  • During Newhart's television career he repeatedly resisted playing a father. When presented with a script of The Bob Newhart Show in which his character's wife was revealed to be pregnant, Newhart's response to the writers about the script was "Suzanne and I love the script, but who are you going to get to play Bob?"
  • Whenever Newhart was asked whom he admired the most as a comedian, he never hesitated with his somewhat surprising answer: Richard Pryor. Upon Pryor's death in 2005, Newhart paid tribute by calling him "the seminal comedian of the last 50 years."[9]
  • Like Bill Cosby, Newhart rarely uses profanity for humorous effect. The closest Newhart comes is in his bit "The Driving Instructor," where he makes an attempt at a joke with an angry pedestrian, and then merely echoes the unseen/unheard pedestrian by saying, "No, I don't suppose it is so damn funny." Another time, in "Hangover" he alluded to a cuss word. His hung over character asks what his wife's cooking for dinner. After a pause, he retches and replies "Honey, will you call it creamed chipped beef on toast, please?" (suggesting his wife said "shit on a shingle").
  • During the 70s, teenagers and college kids would play a drinking game while watching The Bob Newhart Show. Every time someone said, "Hi Bob," people were required to take a drink.

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References

Comedy Central Records is a record label formed by Comedy Central that puts out comedy albums by comedians that have appeared on their network. ...

Further reading

  • Newhart, Bob (2006). I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!. New York: Hyperion, 256p.. ISBN 1-4013-0246-7. 
  • Mayerly, Judine (1989). "The Most Inconspicuous Hit on Television: A Case Study of Newhart". Washington, D.C.: Journal of Popular Film and Television. 
  • Sorenson, Jeff (1988). Bob Newhart. New York: St. Martin's. 
  • Reilly, Rick. Who's Your Caddy: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf. 

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George Robert Newhart, famously known as Bob Newhart (born September 5, 1929), is an American actor, comedian and writer.
Newhart, a former accountant, began his comedy career as a popular stand up comedian in the 1950s.
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