Bob Newhart Biography, Age, Wife, The Bob Newhart Show, Dead and Net worth

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Bob Newhart Biography

Bob Newhart (George Robert Newhart) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He is best known for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery. In 1960 Newhart came to prominence when his album of comedic monologues, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, became a worldwide bestseller and reached number one on the Billboard pop album chart.

It remains the 20th-best selling comedy album in history. His second album, The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!, was also a success, and the two albums held the Billboard number one and number two spots simultaneously.

Later Bob went into acting, starring as Chicago psychologist Dr. Robert Hartley in The Bob Newhart Show during the 1970s and then as Vermont innkeeper Dick Loudon on the 1980s series Newhart. In 1990s he also had two short-lived sitcoms titled Bob and George and Leo.

He also appeared in film roles such as Major Major in Catch-22 and Papa Elf in Elf. In the Walt Disney animated films The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under Bob provided the voice of Bernard. He played the library head Judson in The Librarian in 2004, a character which continued in 2014 to the TV series The Librarians.

Bob  made his first of six guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory as Professor Proton in 2013, for which he received his first Primetime Emmy Award on September 15, 2013.

Bob Newhart Age | How Old Is Bob Newhart

Bob was born on September 5, 1929 at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois in USA. He is 90 years old as of 2019.

Bob Newhart Height | How Tall Is Bob Newhart

Bob stands at a height of 1.72 m.

Bob Newhart Family

Bob was born at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois. He is the son of George David Newhart (1900–1985) who was a part-owner of a plumbing and heating-supply business, and Julia Pauline (née Burns; 1900–1994) who was a housewife.  Bob’s mother was of Irish descent and his father was of English, Irish, and German ancestry. He has a grandmother who was from St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.  Bob has three siblings: Virginia, Mary Joan (a nun, who taught at the all-girls Carmel High School in Mundelein, Illinois), and Pauline.

The Bob Newhart Education

Bob was educated at Roman Catholic schools in the Chicago area, including St. Catherine of Siena Grammar School in Oak Park, and attended St. Ignatius College Prep (high school), graduating in 1947. He then enrolled at Loyola University of Chicago from which he graduated in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Bob was drafted into the United States Army and served in the United States during the Korean War as a personnel manager until being discharged in 1954. He briefly attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law, but did not complete a degree, in part, he says, because he was asked to behave unethically during an internship.

Bob Newhart Wife | Bob Newhart Children

Buddy Hackett introduced Bob to Virginia “Ginnie” Quinn, the daughter of character actor Bill Quinn. The couple married on January 12, 1963. They have four children (Robert, Timothy, Jennifer, and Courtney), and ten grandchildren. The two are Roman Catholic and raised their children as such. Bob is a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd and the related Catholic Motion Picture Guild  in Beverly Hills, California.

Bob Newhart Dead | Is Bob Newhart Still Alive | Bob Newhart Death

Bob is still alive.  He  was rushed to the emergency room, suffering from secondary polycythemia in 1985, after years of heavy smoking. Bob made a recovery, several weeks after, and has since quit smoking.

The Bob Newhart Show

Soon after Bob guest-starred on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1972,  he was approached by his agent and his managers, producer Grant Tinker, and actress Mary Tyler Moore (the husband/wife team who founded MTM Enterprises), to work on a pilot series called The Bob Newhart Show, to be written by David Davis and Lorenzo Music. Bob was very interested in the starring role of dry psychologist Bob Hartley, with Suzanne Pleshette playing his wry, loving wife, Emily, and Bill Daily as neighbor and friend Howard Borden.

From the beginning The Newhart show faced heavy competition , launching at the same time as the popular shows M*A*S*H, Maude, Sanford And Son, and The Waltons. Nevertheless, it was an immediate hit. It eventually referenced what made Newhart’s name in the first place. Apart from the first few episodes, it used an opening-credits sequence featuring Bob answering a telephone in his office. According to co-star Marcia Wallace, the entire cast got along well, and Bob became close friends with both Wallace and co-star Suzanne Pleshette.

Bob Newhart Net Worth

Bob has an estimated net worth of $65 million. He earned his wealth through his comedic monologue album sales, film appearances, and the success of the sitcoms The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart.

Bob Newhart Show | Bob Newhart Show In Vermont

Bob was interested in a new sitcom by 1982. After he had discussions with Barry Kemp and CBS, the show Newhart was created, in which Bob played Vermont innkeeper and TV talk show host Dick Loudon.

Mary Frann was cast as his wife, Joanna. Originally Jennifer Holmes was  cast as Leslie Vanderkellen, but left after former daytime soap.  Star Julia Duffy joined the cast as Dick’s inn maid and spoiled rich girl, Stephanie Vanderkellen. Peter Scolari (who had been a fan of Newhart’s since he was 17) was also cast as Dick’s manipulative TV producer, Michael Harris, in six of the eight seasons.

Character actor Tom Poston played the role of handyman George Utley, earning three Primetime Emmy Award nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1984, 1986, and 1987. Like The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart was an immediate hit, and again, like the show before it, it was also nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards, but failed to win any. During the time Newhart was working on the show.

Bob Newhart Movies

  • 2017 – Young Sheldon as Arthur Jeffries / Professor Proton
  • 2014 – The Librarians as Judson
  • 2013-The Big Bang Theory as Arthur Jeffries / Professor Proton
  • 2011 – Horrible Bosses as Lou Sherman
  • 2008 – The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice as Judson
  • 2006 – The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines as Judson
  • 2004 – The Librarian: Quest for the Spear as Judson
  • 2003 – Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde as Sid Post
  • 2003 – Elf as Papa Elf
  • 1998 – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie as Leonard the Polar Bear
  • 1997 – In & Out as Tom Halliwell
  • 1996 – The Simpsons as Himself
  • 1991 – The Entertainers as Todd Wilson
  • 1990 – The Rescuers Down Under as Bernard
  • 1980 – Little Miss Marker as Regret
  • 1980 – First Family as President Manfred Link
  • 1977 – The Rescuers as Bernard
  • 1971 – Cold Turkey as Merwin Wren
  • 1970 – On A Clear Day You Can See Forever as Dr. Mason Hume
  • 1970 – Catch-22 as Maj. Major Major
  • 1968 – Hot Millions as Willard C. Gnatpole
  • 1962 – Hell Is for Heroes as Pvt. Driscoll

Bob Newhart Tv Shows

  • The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, episode “How to Get Rid of Your Wife” (1963)
  • The Entertainers (regular performer in 1964)
  • Thursday’s Game (1974) (made-for-TV film)
  • Marathon (1980)
  • Ladies and Gentlemen… Bob Newhart (1980)
  • Ladies and Gentlemen… Bob Newhart Part II (1981)
  • The Entertainers (1991)
  • The Simpsons, season 7: “Bart the Fink” (1996)
  • The Sports Pages (2001) (made-for-TV film)
  • MADtv (Season 6, 2001), playing a psychiatrist who yells “Stop it!” in a skit
  • The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004)
  • The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines (2006)
  • The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008)
  • NCIS, season 8: “Recruited” (2011)
  • Five, Dr. Roth (2011)
  • The Big Bang Theory, season 6: “The Proton Resurgence” (2013)
  • The Big Bang Theory, season 7: “The Proton
  • Displacement” (2013)
  • The Big Bang Theory, season 7: “The Proton
  • Transmogrification” (2014)
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, final episode (2014)
  • Hot in Cleveland, season 6 (series finale): “Vegas Baby/I
  • Hate Goodbyes” (2015)
  • The Big Bang Theory, season 9: “The Opening Night Excitation” (2015)
  • The Big Bang Theory, season 11: “The Proton Regeneration” (2017)
  • The Big Bang Theory, season 12: “The Planetarium Collision” (2018)

The Bob Newhart Show Episodes


Originally aired

First aired

Last aired


September 16, 1972

March 10, 1973


September 15, 1973

March 2, 1974


September 14, 1974

March 8, 1975


September 13, 1975

February 28, 1976


September 25, 1976

March 19, 1977


September 24, 1977

April 1, 1978

The Button Down Mind Of Bob Newhart

The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart is a 1960 live album by comedian Bob. It was Recorded at the Tidelands Club in Houston, Texas.  The debut album by Newhart was number one on the Billboard pop album chart and won Album of the Year at the 1961 Grammy Awards, where Newhart was named Best New Artist. It was the first comedy album to win Album of the Year and the only time a comedian had won Best New Artist.

He wanted the title to be The Most Celebrated New Comedian Since Attila the Hun, but Warner Bros. executives created the album’s title and Bob had to settle for his idea as a subtitle.

Bob Newhart Tobacco

A young Bob in a hilarious skit on the discovery of tobacco in the American colonies by Sir Walter Raleigh)

Bob Newhart Elf

Elf is a 2003 comedy film. It is directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. The film stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Ed Asner, and Bob Newhart. Ferrell plays one of Santa’s elves, who learns he is adopted and goes to New York City to meet his biological father (Caan).

The film was released on November 7, 2003 in the United States by New Line Cinema. The film received generally favorable reviews from critics and earned $220 million worldwide on a $33 million budget. It inspired the 2010 Broadway musical Elf: The Musical and NBC’s 2014 stop-motion animated television special Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas. The film has been described as one of the greatest Christmas films.

Bob Newhart Albums

  • The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
  • The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back
  • 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),
  • Very Funny Bob Newhart (1973)
  • Bob Newhart Off the Record (1992),
  • The Button-Down Concert (1997),
  • Something Like This (2001),

Bob Newhart Quotes

  • People with a sense of humor tend to be less egocentric and more realistic in their view of the world and more humble in moments of success and less defeated in times of travail.
  • I was never a Certified Public Accountant… I just had a degree in accounting. The reason I was never a Certified Public Accountant was because it would require passing a test, which I would not have been able to do.
  • The schizophrenic has no sense of humor. His world is a constantly daunting, unfriendly place.
  • The only way to survive is to have a sense of humour.
  • Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.
  • Comedians are innately programmed to pick up oddities like mispronounced words, upside-down books on a shelf, and generally undetectable mistakes in everyday life.
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