Bob Newhart

The award came a few days before the big show on Sunday, September 22.  Bob Newhart won an Emmy for his guest star role on The Big Bang Theory.  And it’s about time.  In a career that began over 50 years ago, this was Newhart’s first award for acting.

As Jon Stewart said this past week, “If anyone deserves a house made of Emmys, it’s Bob Newhart.”  Although he’d been nominated before, the award didn’t come his way.  He’s had many accolades over the years.  A Grammy for his comedy album The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart -- which was featured in a first season episode of Mad MenThe Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.  A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  A Peabody Award for his 1961 television series The Bob Newhart Show (a variety show, not the sitcom).  A bronze statue (pictured above) in his native Chicago, commemorating his character in the classic 1970s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show.

But this was his first Emmy.  At the awards show, the announcement brought the audience to its feet, cheering a man who has influenced a generation of comedians and comedy actors.  Newhart continues to be a favorite, from fans who remember his early stand-up routines and TV series to younger viewers who know him best from movies such as Legally Blonde 2 and Elf.

He’s always been one of my favorites, too.  And I was very happy to read that he will return to The Big Bang Theory during this new season.  I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he collects another Emmy.

Check out some classic Bob Newhart, or maybe one of his more recent TV or movie appearances or a performance you’ve not seen before.  Browse the titles below and enjoy one of the great comedic actors of all time.

TV Series
The Bob Newhart Show

Guest Appearances
The Big Bang Theory (Season 6, episode The Proton Resurgence)
ER (Season 10, episodes Out of Africa, The Greater Good, and Death and Taxes)

Catch 22
Hell is for Heroes
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines
The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
The Rescuers
and The Rescuers Down Under (as the voice of Bernard, a most heroic mouse)

As Himself
Bob Newhart: Button-Down Concert: Off the Record
Saturday Night Live
(Season 5)

And finally, enjoy Newhart’s autobiography, in print or audio, I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This! – and Other Things That Strike Me as Funny.


Flickr:     CC          : Bob Newhart art at Navy Pier          Photo by veesees