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 Recuers Down Under (1990).
- In & Out (1997): As Principal Tom Halliwell.
- Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003): As Sid Post.
- Elf (2003): As Papa Elf.
- Horrible Bosses (2011): As Lou Sherman.
- The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78): As psychologist Bob Hartley.
- Newhart (1982-90): As innkeeper and TV host Dick Loudon.
- B.o.B (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".
- 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.
- 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.