Bob Newhart


Bob Newhart Trivia


  • Trivia

    • In 2013, Bob won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series playing Arthur Jeffries and Professor Proton on The Big Bang Theory: The Proton Resurgence.

    • Bob's album, The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart, has stayed on Billboard's 200 Top-Selling Albums list for the past 45 years, and is the only comedy album to remain on that list as well.

    • Bob did a series of commercials for in which he played Frank Mettman Jr., a vacuum cleaner company executive, in 1999-2000.

    • In September of 2006, Bob is releasing his biography, I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This, through Hyperion Books.

    • Bob has four children: Timothy, Robert, Courtney, and Jennifer.

    • Bob guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) for Carson 87 times.

    • Bob has been nominated 5 times for an Emmy but never won until he finally won in 2013. These nominations include: 1962 - Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy for: The Bob Newhart Show 1985 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for: Newhart (1982) 1986 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for: Newhart (1982) 1987 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for: Newhart 2004 - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for: ER. playing Ben Hollander.

    • Bob appeared on the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, August 27, 2006. He was the object of a running gag when host Conan O'Brien put Bob in a glass booth containing "enough air to keep him alive for three hours." This was a humorous way to keep the acceptance speeches short so the show would not run more than its allotted time.

    • Bob was given the Career Achievement award by the Television Critics' Association in 2005.

    • Bob's sister, Joan, is a Catholic nun.

    • Bob is the son-in-law of actor Bill Quinn.

    • Movies Bob has appeared in/given voice-overs include: Hell Is For Heroes, Hot Millions (1968), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970), Catch-22 (1970), Cold Turkey (1971), The Rescuers (1977) (voice), Little Miss Marker (1980), First Family (1980), The Rescuers Down Under (1990) (voice), In & Out (1997), Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (2003), Elf (2003), and The Librarian 2: Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006)

    • Bob's other comedy albums include: Behind the Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart (1961), The Button-Down Mind on TV (1962), Bob Newhart Faces Bob Newhart (1964), The Windmills Are Weakening (1965), This Is It (1967), Best of Bob Newhart (1971), Very Funny Bob Newhart (1973), The Button-Down Concert (1997) and Something Like This (2001), an compilation of his 1960s Warner Bros. albums.

    • Bob was introduced to his wife Virginia by fellow comedian Buddy Hackett.

    • Bob was drafted into the Army in 1952, and served stateside during the Korean War until his discharge in 1954.

    • Bob refused to have his character have any children in any of the shows he starred in, saying he didn't want to play "stupid dad" roles.

    • Bob's son, Robert William Newhart, appeared as Bob Newhart in the 1993 film Hearts And Souls.

    • Bob's character Dr. Robert Hartley, from The Bob Newhart Show, was honored with a statue, dedicated by the cable network TVLand, on Michigan Avenue North in Chicago, on July 27, 2004.

    • Bob won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2002.

    • Bob's album, "The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart," won three Grammys, for Best New Artist, Best Comedy Performance (Spoken Word) and Album of the Year, in 1961.

    • Recieved a star on the Hollywood's Walk of Fame, at 6381 Hollywood Boulevard, on January 6, 1999.

  • Quotes

    • Bob: Jack Benny, George Burns – I would examine how they worked.

    • Bob Newhart: You should have a value system. You can win if you stick with your value system.

    • Bob Newhart: I don't know how many sacred cows there are today. I think there's a little confusion between humor and gross passing for humor. That's kind of regrettable

    • Bob Newhart: It's getting harder and harder to differentiate between schizophrenics and people talking on a cell phone. It still brings me up short to walk by somebody who appears to be talking to themselves.

    • Bob Newhart: It was a decision to work clean. I just prefer to work that way. I have no problem with comedians who don't work that way. There was a temptation in the early '70s to reconsider. I decided against it.

    • Bob Newhart: I'm most proud of the longevity of my marriage, my kids, and my grandchildren. If you don't have that, you really don't have very much.

    • Bob Newhart: I can't remember the last live-action, non-animated Christmas movie.

    • Bob Newhart: When I was a kid growing up in Chicago, I loved watching comedians on television. I'd hear a joke and ask myself why it got a laugh. What made it work? Could I ever make it as a stand-up comic?

    • Bob Newhart: I left the world of accounting and took a series of part-time jobs to tide me over, hoping for a big break. These were lean years for me. I avoided starvation by living in my parents' house until I was 29. One year--and this was in the late 1950s--I earned all of $1,100.

    • (mentioning his cancelled 1961 variety show)
      Bob Newhart: It won an Emmy, a Peabody Award and a pink slip from NBC. All in the same year.