Creator / Bob Newhart

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:


  • 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.