BOB NEWHART BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Bob Newhart was born on September 5th, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois with the birth name George Robert Newhart. His parents, Julia and George raised him and his three sisters on the west side of Chicago.
He attended school at various Roman Catholic schools in the area and graduated from St. Ignatuis College Prep in 1947. He then earned a business degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 1952.
He served during the Korean War with the United States Army and was discharged in 1954. Originally he intended to go on with his education and pursue a law degree, but decided against it for moral reasons with the University, Loyola Law School.
Bob found work as an accountant and then found work as a advertising copywriter for a independent film and television producer, Fred A. Niles. Niles and Newhart would record their phone conversations and submit them for auditions which lead to a recording contract for Newhart.
Newhart was signed by Warner Brothers Records in 1959 and he became famous for his recordings and being known as the worlds first famous, "Straight Man". Bob made a comedy album in 1960, "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" which was the 1st comedy album to make number one on the Billboard charts and even won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
His career progressed with recording a number of other comedy albums such as, "The Button Down Mind on TV" (1962), "Bob Newhart Faces Bob Newhart" (1964), "The Windmills Are Weakening" (1965), 'This is It' (1967) and "Best of Bob Newhart" (1971).
Bob's success opened another career opportunity for him as NBC offered for him to have his own variety show in 1961 called, "The Bob Newhart Show", which earned him an Emmy Award even though it actually only lasted one season.
He continued to make a number of television appearances on other shows such as, "The Dean Martin Show", "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (1963) and "The Judy Garland Show". He later won another Emmy Award for his guest star role on three episodes of, "ER".
Along with a recording and television career he also appeared on the big screen in such films as, "Hell is For Heroes" (1962) starring alongside Steve McQueen, Fess Parker, Bobby Darin, James Coburn, Harry Guardino, Nick Adams and L. Q. Jones, "Hot Millions" (1968) also starring Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Karl Malden, Robert Morley and Cesar Romero, "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" (1970) starring Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Simon Oakland, John Richardson, Larry Blyden and Jack Nicholson, "In & Out" (1997) starring Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Tom Selleck, Debbie Reynolds and Wilford Brimley and "Elf" (2003) starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Edward Asner, Mary Steenburgen and Zooey Deschanel. He also did some voice over work for the animated films, "The Simpsons", "The Rescuers" and "The Rescuers Down Under". Hs most recent roles were in, "The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice" (2008) starring Noah Wyle, Jane Curtin, Bruce Davison and Stana Katic and "NCIS" (2011) starring Mark Harmon.
Bob Newhart has married only one time to Ginny Newhart in 1963 and they remain married today with four children, Robert, Courtney, Timothy and Jennifer.
He has earned a number of honors and awards throughout his career such as being awarded a Kennedy Centre Mark Twain Prize for comedy and was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was also inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1993. Bob Newhart continues to live in Los Angeles, California and make occasional acting appearances.
2011 NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
2008 The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice
2006 The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines
2005 Desperate Housewives
2004 The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
2001 The Sports Pages
2001 Untitled Sisqo Project
1998 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
1997-1998 George & Leo
1997 In & Out
1995 Saturday Night Live
1995 Bob Newhart: Button Down Concert
1994 Murphy Brown
1991 The Bob Newhart Show 19th Anniversary Special
1991 The Entertainers
1990 The Rescuers Down Under
1980 First Family
1980 Little Miss Marker
1976-1978 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
1972-1978 The Bob Newhart Show
1977 The Rescuers
1974 Thursday's Game
1972 The Don Rickles Show
1972 Decisions! Decisions!
1971 Cold Turkey
1970 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
1968 Hot Millions
1967 Captain Nice
1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1962 Hell Is for Heroes
1961 The Bob Newhart Show