George Robert "Bob" Newhart (born September 5, 1929) is an American comedic actor, best known for his deadpan delivery and Only Sane Man persona.A native of Chicago who started out as an accountant and advertising copywrighter before switching to show business, Newhart has had a long and distinguished career in comedy, beginning as a stand-up comic and recording several albums before he broke into acting.
Some highlights of his career include:Film
- Hell Is for Heroes (1962): As PFC James Driscoll.
- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970): As Dr. Mason Hume.
- Catch-22 (1970): As Major Major Major.
- Cold Turkey (1971): As Merwin Wren.
- The Rescuers (1977): As the voice of Bernard, a role he would reprise for The Rescuers Down Under (1990).
- In & Out (1997): As Principal Tom Halliwell.
- Elf (2003): As Papa Elf.
- The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78): As psychologist Bob Hartley.
- Newhart (1982-90): As innkeeper and TV host Dick Loudon.
- Bob (1992-93): As comic book (and greeting card) artist Bob McKay.
- George & Leo (1997-98): As bookstore owner George Stoody.
- ER (2003): As sight-impaired architect Ben Hollander.
- Desperate Housewives (2005): As Morty Flickman, Sophie's fourth husband and Susan's stepfather.
- The Big Bang Theory (2013- ): As children's science show host Professor Proton, a recurring guest role which introduced a new generation to his brand of dry comedy and earned him his first Emmy Award.
Tropes associated with Bob Newhart:
- As Himself: On The Simpsons, in the episode "Bart the Fink".
- Award Snub: Despite a career going back more than five decades and including two critically-acclaimed and long-running sitcoms, it took until 2013 for Newhart to win his first Emmy.
- On the other hand, his 1960 debut album The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart is one of only two comedy albums to have won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year,note while Newhart himself is the only comedian ever to have won a Grammy for Best New Artist.
- It Will Never Catch On: A feature of his one-sided phone conversation routines. Whatever he's being pitched sounds so ridiculous by phone that he laughs the other person off the line. Examples include baseball and tobacco.
- The Danza : In The Bob Newhart Show and Bob
- Deadpan Snarker : In every role.
- The Eponymous Show : Three of his sitcoms were titled after all or part of his name. He also had a short-lived Variety Show in the early '60s called The Bob Newhart Show.
- Only Sane Man : He's often surrounded by wackier performers. His trademark on the Bob Newhart Show was to have him stand there with a blank stare at whatever hijinks his coworkers, patients, or neighbors were enacting.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules! : Newhart attended law school but withdrew when he was asked to behave unethically during a law internship.