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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.


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Some highlights of his career include:

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Television

  • The Bob Newhart Show (1961-62): a variety show that aired on NBC from October 1961 to June 1962 for one season.
  • The Entertainers (1964-65): another variety show, which he co-hosted for one season with Carol Burnett and French-Italian singer Caterina Valente.
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  • The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78): as psychologist Bob Hartley.
  • Newhart (1982-90): as innkeeper, author, 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.
  • The Librarians (2014-18): as Judson (recurring).


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.
  • The Danza : In The Bob Newhart Show and Bob.
    • His given first name is George, so his role on George & Leo counts as well.
  • 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 colleagues, patients, or neighbors were enacting.
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: His characters often speak with stilted pauses throughout their dialogue, emphasizing just how awkward they feel among the more inane characters.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules! : Newhart attended law school but withdrew when he was asked to behave unethically during a law internship.
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