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Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart

Birthday: 5 September 1929, Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Birth Name: George Robert Newhart
Height: 173 cm

Bob Newhart was born on September 5, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as George Robert Newhart. He is an actor and writer, known for Newhart (1982), The Bob Newhart Show (1972) and Elf (2003). He has b ...Show more

Bob Newhart
[In 1986]: Look at what we have now. We've got Bill Cosby and 'Moonlighting,' and who knows, maybe ' Show more [In 1986]: Look at what we have now. We've got Bill Cosby and 'Moonlighting,' and who knows, maybe 'Newhart' helped start it all. Hide
I am also huddling with creative advisers and studying the possibility of calling it The. I am also huddling with creative advisers and studying the possibility of calling it The.
[on playing another character that was not Dr. Bob Hartley]: I think you're lucky when you realize w Show more [on playing another character that was not Dr. Bob Hartley]: I think you're lucky when you realize what you are. Spencer Tracy always played Spencer Tracy. I'm not putting myself into that category, but, to the same extent, the part of me that was Bob Hartley is in my new character, Dick Loudin. If you make fine bone china and you're recognized as the best in the world, you don't suddenly announce you're going to make automobiles. We see it so much in this business. We're so self-destructive. If you really do something well, you should stick to it. Hide
[In 1974]: There are a lot of questions I keep asking myself about why I do comedy. I guess I laugh Show more [In 1974]: There are a lot of questions I keep asking myself about why I do comedy. I guess I laugh to keep from crying. And I guess if you ever get me crying, I might not stop. This is the way I look at tragedy or else I'll cry. Hide
[In 1980]: You must realize that I'm supposed to run a marathon in this picture. That's more than 26 Show more [In 1980]: You must realize that I'm supposed to run a marathon in this picture. That's more than 26 miles. Hide
It worked for Jack Benny. He certainly had the secret for career longevity: surround yourself with f Show more It worked for Jack Benny. He certainly had the secret for career longevity: surround yourself with funny people. I guess I'll just never learn to live like a star. Jack Lord was born that way; I just can't get the hang of it. Hide
[In 1972]: The reason I'm a psychologist is based in part on my telephone routines. Much of my humor Show more [In 1972]: The reason I'm a psychologist is based in part on my telephone routines. Much of my humor comes out of reaction to what other people are saying. A psychologist is a man who listens, who is sympathetic. Hide
[on quitting The Bob Newhart Show (1972) at the end of the fifth season, before CBS wouldn't allow h Show more [on quitting The Bob Newhart Show (1972) at the end of the fifth season, before CBS wouldn't allow him to do that]: This is no ploy, no device for negotiation. I am absolutely sincere about leaving the series at the end of production this year and CBS has been notified. Hide
[When he came this close to quitting Newhart (1982), after 4 seasons]: I thought I was finished. Eve Show more [When he came this close to quitting Newhart (1982), after 4 seasons]: I thought I was finished. Even dramatic shows were exemplified by kid stuff like 'Wonder Woman'. I thought to myself that with this kind of junk aimed at the 12-year-old audience, how could there be a place for me? Hide
[As to why The Bob Newhart Show (1972) got canceled]: Because Bob Newhart didn't want to do it anymo Show more [As to why The Bob Newhart Show (1972) got canceled]: Because Bob Newhart didn't want to do it anymore. I said so the previous year, but nobody believed me. I'd had it. I felt burned out. It was more mental than anything. I kept saying, 'Didn't we do the same show in the second season?' Hide
[on his popularity while playing the forty-something Dr. Robert Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show]: I Show more [on his popularity while playing the forty-something Dr. Robert Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show]: I really don't know what makes a comedian. I think it's a family background and environment. Yet if you put the same ingredients in another person, he may never utter a funny line. Hide
[In 1982]: But I wanted to do something different. Sometimes you have to get away from something to Show more [In 1982]: But I wanted to do something different. Sometimes you have to get away from something to appreciate it. It's like getting out of the Army. It's all laughs now but when I was in the Army, I was never so glad to get away from something. They had the wrong serial number on my discharge papers. I was afraid to tell them, afraid they'd hold me up. Hide
[When asked to star in The Bob Newhart Show (1972)]: My manager, I was surprised was one of the foun Show more [When asked to star in The Bob Newhart Show (1972)]: My manager, I was surprised was one of the founders of MTM Enterprises, by Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker, and Mary's show was such a big hit. He came to me and said, 'Would you like to do a sitcom?' I was traveling on the road a lot, so, the sitcom I could stay home, and said, "Yeah!" Hide
[In 1979]: Television series are like the stock market. There's room for bears and bulls but no room Show more [In 1979]: Television series are like the stock market. There's room for bears and bulls but no room for pigs. If we'd tried to milk another year out of the series, we'd have wound up with a pig. Hide
[In 1983]: Am I shy? Yeah, I guess you could say that. I see myself in my son, Timmy, who is 15. Rob Show more [In 1983]: Am I shy? Yeah, I guess you could say that. I see myself in my son, Timmy, who is 15. Rob, my older boy, is 19, and he is normal, outgoing teenager. But Timmy is quiet, the way I was growing up. I used to be able to amuse myself. I'd sit alone and think of things that would make me laugh. Hide
[Who made his reputation and fortune as a monologist]: I like the humor to come out of character. Wh Show more [Who made his reputation and fortune as a monologist]: I like the humor to come out of character. When you're going for a joke, you're stuck out there if it doesn't work. There's nowhere to go. You've done the drum role and the cymbal clash and you're out on the end of the plank. Hide
Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.
[on turning 60 in 1989]: I don't worry about it. I still feel 30, except when I try to run. But it g Show more [on turning 60 in 1989]: I don't worry about it. I still feel 30, except when I try to run. But it goes by so damn fast. We lost a very dear friend recently. And all I can say about life is, 'Oh, God, enjoy it.' Hide
[Of all the ingredients of Newhart (1982)]: It started coming together last year when I was performi Show more [Of all the ingredients of Newhart (1982)]: It started coming together last year when I was performing at an old, refurbished vaudeville theater in Seattle and staying at a small hotel of the same era nearby. I'd sit in the lobby for several days watching people walk in and out; salesmen, newlyweds, Shriners, etc., plus the people who lived and worked there permanently fascinated me. When I got back to L.A., I discussed it with my manager, Artie Price - who also heads MTM - and he put me in touch with Barry Kemp, who had done great writing on 'Taxi'. He came back a few weeks later and asked what I thought of setting the show at a historic inn in Vermont, then put it down on paper. The words jumped off the page and I couldn't wait to shoot it. Hide
[In 1975]: I remember once when I emceed 'The Tonight Show' in New York, I arrived with my manager's Show more [In 1975]: I remember once when I emceed 'The Tonight Show' in New York, I arrived with my manager's son. After a while, they asked, 'When are the rest of your people coming?' I had to say, 'This is it.' Hide
You may not think I'm a sex symbol, but I became a father at the age of 48. Now young people think o Show more You may not think I'm a sex symbol, but I became a father at the age of 48. Now young people think of me as a mini-folk hero because it's difficult for them to believe a man of my age is sexually active. Hide
[When asked about the death of his former co-star and best friend, Suzanne Pleshette, in 2008]: Her Show more [When asked about the death of his former co-star and best friend, Suzanne Pleshette, in 2008]: Her laugh. Her laugh. We just left, we just had a great time. We all loved each other and respected each other and we got paid for it. Hide
[In 1976]: As far as gambling, just ask any of the dealers in the Las Vegas casinos and they'll tell Show more [In 1976]: As far as gambling, just ask any of the dealers in the Las Vegas casinos and they'll tell you that woman can't play blackjack. They can't add up the cards fast enough. Hide
[on the cancellation of The Bob Newhart Show (1972)]: I could see what was coming in situation comed Show more [on the cancellation of The Bob Newhart Show (1972)]: I could see what was coming in situation comedy and I didn't want to be a part of it. If we'd gone another year, they'd have had a guy and two girls living in the apartment above us, a Martian living on the same floor next door to three girl detectives. The floor below us would have been occupied by a fraternity and a sorority. Hide
[on the cancellation of Newhart (1982)]: I don't have a show anymore. I don't have a check coming in Show more [on the cancellation of Newhart (1982)]: I don't have a show anymore. I don't have a check coming in every week. This is important to me, I got to score a million tonight or it could all be over. Hide
Women are more emotional. They do get flustered. Which is not to say that men are better than they. Show more Women are more emotional. They do get flustered. Which is not to say that men are better than they. It's simply the way it is. Hide
[In 1973]: I've been told to speed up my delivery when I perform. But if I lose the stammer, I'm jus Show more [In 1973]: I've been told to speed up my delivery when I perform. But if I lose the stammer, I'm just another slightly amusing accountant. Hide
[Referring to his 1961 variety show]: It won an Emmy, a Peabody Award and a pink slip from NBC. All Show more [Referring to his 1961 variety show]: It won an Emmy, a Peabody Award and a pink slip from NBC. All in the same year. Hide
[on his popularity while playing the fifty-something Dick Loudin on Newhart]: Our series was the per Show more [on his popularity while playing the fifty-something Dick Loudin on Newhart]: Our series was the perfect example of how much fun episodic television can be. We've had a wonderful cast, great writers and the spirit of family which made coming to work a pleasure. Hide
[In 1988]: I check to see what jokes we left out and what works and what doesn't. [In 1988]: I check to see what jokes we left out and what works and what doesn't.
[In 1989]: My theory is, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I tried to capitalized on the values that Show more [In 1989]: My theory is, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I tried to capitalized on the values that made the show work. I have to be nice to my guests at the hotel, as I had to do with my patients, even when they're bugging me. And the home-life part seemed to work. I don't want ever to ride the show into the ground. It has been good to me. Hide
The fact they're not there anymore is not a reflection on the actors. It's just that viewers didn't Show more The fact they're not there anymore is not a reflection on the actors. It's just that viewers didn't like it. You went, 'What the hell was that?' Hide
Bob Newhart's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (51)
Bob Newhart Bob Newhart'S roles
Himself - Host, Dave, Don Johnson, Jonathan Jessup, Stan
Himself - Host, Dave, Don Johnson, Jonathan Jessup, Stan

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Arthur Jeffries

Morty Flickman
Morty Flickman

Ben Hollander
Ben Hollander

Maj. Major Major
Maj. Major Major

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Judson

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