- NAME: Bob Newhart
- OCCUPATION: Television Actor, Comedian
- BIRTH DATE: September 05, 1929 (Age: 84)
- Did You Know?: Bob Newhart got discovered as an accountant at age 30 after he recorded funny phone calls in the office with his co-worker.
- EDUCATION: Loyola University of Chicago, St. Ignatius College Prep
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Oak Park, Illinois
- Full Name: George Robert Newhart
- AKA: Bob Newhart
- ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
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In the fall of 1961, he was given a varity show on television,
aptly titled The Bob Newhart Variety Show (1961-62). Critics praised the series for successfully translating the comedy in Newhart's albums to the small screen—the series was awarded a Peabody Award in 1961 and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Humor in 1962—but the series didn't get the ratings to keep it on the air for more than on season.
It may have been Newhart's first attempt at leading a television show, but it definitely wasn't his last. But before he made his re-emergence in television, Newhart made his film debut the same year that his variety show was cancelled. He had a supporting role in the film Hell Is for Heroes. He began to prioritize films and television roles over nightclub performances and appeared in a series of films in the late-1960s and '70s, including Hot Millions (1968), Catch-22 (1970) and Cold Turkey (1971), before he got his second television series.
Instead of the previous variety show format, The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78) was a sitcom on CBS that featured Newhart as a psychologist in Chicago. The show was well-received by audiences, possibly because of the traditional essence of the series during a time when other television programs were becoming more controversial. With an all-star cast and Newhart at the helm, the sitcom lasted six seasons before the cast and crew decided to end the series.
He took a hiatus from television for four years, then returned with yet another popular sitcom, simply named Newhart (1982-90). With another all-star cast behind him, Newhart's new lead role was got the actor and the series several Emmy nominations. After the show's conclusion, Newhart came back to television with the series Bob in 1992, the the series only lasted one season. In 2013, he made an appearance on the popular series The Big Bang Theory, for which he surprisingly received his first Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
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