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George Robert Newhart
Newhart
(born September 5, 1929) is an American stand-up comedian and actor, noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery. Newhart
Newhart
came to prominence in 1960 when his album of comedic monologues, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, became a worldwide bestseller and reached number one on the Billboard pop album chart; it remains the 20th-best selling comedy album in history.[10] The follow-up album, The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!, was also a success, and the two albums held the Billboard number one and number two spots simultaneously.[7] Newhart
Newhart
later went into acting, starring as Chicago psychologist Dr. Robert Hartley in The Bob Newhart Show
The Bob Newhart Show
during the 1970s and then as Vermont
Vermont
innkeeper Dick Loudon on the 1980s series Newhart. He also had two short-lived sitcoms in the 1990s titled Bob and George and Leo. Newhart
Newhart
also appeared in film roles such as Major Major in Catch-22 and Papa Elf in Elf. He provided the voice of Bernard in the Walt Disney animated films The Rescuers
The Rescuers
and The Rescuers
The Rescuers
Down Under. In 2004, he played the library head Judson in The Librarian, a character which continued in 2014 to the TV series The Librarians. In 2013, Newhart
Newhart
made his first of five guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory as Professor Proton, for which he received his first Primetime Emmy Award on September 15, 2013.[11]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Comedy career beginnings 2.2 Albums 2.3 Television 2.4 Films

3 Sitcoms

3.1 The Bob Newhart
Newhart
Show 3.2 Newhart 3.3 Other TV series

4 Other TV appearances 5 Personal comedic style 6 Writings 7 Honors 8 Personal life 9 Selected filmography 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

Early life[edit] Newhart
Newhart
was born on September 5, 1929 at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois.[12] His parents were George David Newhart (1899–1986), a part-owner of a plumbing and heating-supply business, and Julia Pauline (née Burns; 1901–1991), a housewife. His mother was of Irish descent and his father was of English, Irish, and German ancestry.[7][13] One of his grandmothers was from St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.[14] Newhart
Newhart
has three sisters: Virginia, Mary Joan (a nun, who taught at the all-girls Carmel High School in Mundelein, Illinois), and Pauline. Newhart
Newhart
was educated at Roman Catholic schools in the Chicago area, including St. Catherine of Siena grammar school in Oak Park, and attended St. Ignatius College Prep
St. Ignatius College Prep
(high school), graduating in 1947. He then enrolled at Loyola University of Chicago
Loyola University of Chicago
from which he graduated in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in business management. Newhart
Newhart
was drafted into the United States Army
United States Army
and served in the United States during the Korean War
Korean War
as a personnel manager until being discharged in 1954. Newhart
Newhart
briefly attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law, but did not complete a degree, in part, he says, because he was asked to behave unethically during an internship.[7] Career[edit] After the war, Newhart
Newhart
worked for United States Gypsum as an accountant. He later said that his motto, "That's close enough" and his habit of adjusting petty cash imbalances with his own money shows he did not have the temperament to be an accountant.[7] He also said he was a clerk in the unemployment office who made $55 a week, but who quit upon learning unemployment benefits were $45 a week and he "only had to come in to the office one day a week to collect it."[15] Comedy career beginnings[edit] In 1958, Newhart
Newhart
became an advertising copywriter for Fred A. Niles, a major independent film and television producer in Chicago.[16] There, he and a co-worker entertained each other with long telephone calls about absurd scenarios, which they later recorded and sent to radio stations as audition tapes. When his co-worker ended his participation, Newhart
Newhart
continued the recordings alone, developing this type of routine. Dan Sorkin, a disc jockey at a radio station who later became the announcer-sidekick on Newhart's NBC
NBC
series, introduced Newhart
Newhart
to the head of talent at Warner Bros. Records. The label signed him in 1959, only a year after it was formed, based solely on those recordings. Newhart
Newhart
expanded his material into a stand-up routine, which he began to perform at nightclubs.[7] Albums[edit] Newhart
Newhart
became famous mostly on the strength of his audio releases, in which he played a solo "straight man". Newhart's routine was to portray one end of a conversation (usually a phone call), playing the comedic straight man and implying what the other person was saying. His 1960 comedy album, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, was the first comedy album to make number one on the Billboard charts.[17] The album received the 1961 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The album peaked at number two in the UK Albums Chart.[18] Newhart
Newhart
also won Best New Artist. Newhart
Newhart
told a 2005 interviewer for PBS's American Masters
American Masters
that his favorite stand-up routine is "Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue", which appears on this album. In the routine, a slick promoter has to deal with the reluctance of the eccentric President to agree to efforts to boost his image. The routine was suggested to Newhart
Newhart
by Chicago TV director and future comedian Bill Daily, who was Newhart's castmate on the 1970s The Bob Newhart Show
The Bob Newhart Show
for CBS. Newhart
Newhart
became known for using an intentional stammer, in service to his unique combination of politeness and disbelief at what he was supposedly hearing. Newhart has used the delivery throughout his career. The follow-up album, The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back, was released six months later and won Best Comedy Performance - Spoken Word that same year. Subsequent comedy albums include Behind the Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Newhart
(1961), The Button-Down Mind on TV (1962), Bob Newhart
Newhart
Faces Bob Newhart
Newhart
(1964), The Windmills Are Weakening (1965), This Is It (1967), Best of Bob Newhart
Newhart
(1971), and Very Funny Bob Newhart
Newhart
(1973). Years later, he released Bob Newhart
Newhart
Off the Record (1992), The Button-Down Concert (1997), and Something Like This (2001), an anthology of his 1960s Warner Bros. albums. On December 10, 2015, it was revealed by publicist and comedy album collector Jeff Abraham that a "lost" Newhart
Newhart
track from 1965 about Paul Revere
Paul Revere
existed on a one-of-a-kind acetate, which he owns. The track made its world premiere on episode 163 of the Comedy On Vinyl podcast.[19] Television[edit] Newhart's success in stand-up led to his own short-lived NBC
NBC
variety show in 1961, The Bob Newhart
Newhart
Show. The show lasted only a single season, but it earned Newhart
Newhart
a Primetime Emmy Award nomination and a Peabody Award. The Peabody Board cited him as:

“ a person whose gentle satire and wry and irreverent wit waft a breath of fresh and bracing air through the stale and stuffy electronic corridors. A merry marauder, who looks less like St. George than a choirboy, Newhart
Newhart
has wounded, if not slain, many of the dragons that stalk our society. In a troubled and apprehensive world, Newhart
Newhart
has proved once again that laughter is the best medicine. ”

In the mid-1960s, Newhart
Newhart
appeared on The Dean Martin Show
The Dean Martin Show
24 times, and on The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
eight times.[7] He appeared in a 1963 episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, "How to Get Rid of Your Wife", and on The Judy Garland
Judy Garland
Show. Newhart
Newhart
guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson
87 times, and hosted Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
twice, 15 years apart (1980 and 1995). In addition to stand-up comedy, Newhart
Newhart
became a dedicated character actor. This led to other series such as: Bob Hope
Bob Hope
Presents the Chrysler Theatre, Captain Nice, two episodes of Insight, and It's Garry Shandling's Show. He reprised his role as Dr. Bob Hartley on Murphy Brown, and appeared as himself on The Simpsons, and as a retired forensic pathologist on NCIS. Newhart
Newhart
guest-starred on three episodes of ER, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award,[7] as well as on Desperate Housewives and a role on NCIS as Ducky's mentor and predecessor, who was discovered to have Alzheimer's disease. In 2013, he also appeared on Committed and appeared in an episode of the sixth season of The Big Bang Theory, for which he was awarded a Primetime Emmy Award, and subsequent episodes of its seventh season.[20] Films[edit] Although he is primarily a television star, Newhart
Newhart
has been in a number of popular films, beginning with the 1962 war story Hell Is for Heroes. In 1968, Newhart
Newhart
played an annoying software specialist in the film Hot Millions. His films have ranged from 1970's Alan Jay Lerner musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, the 1971 Norman Lear comedy Cold Turkey, the Mike Nichols-directed war satire Catch 22, the Walt Disney animated feature The Rescuers
The Rescuers
in 1977 and with its 1990 sequel The Rescuers
The Rescuers
Down Under, and the Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell
holiday comedy Elf (2003). Newhart
Newhart
played the President of the United States in the comedy, First Family (1980). He appeared as a beleaguered school principal in In & Out (1997). He made a cameo appearance as a sadistic but appreciative CEO at the end of the comedy Horrible Bosses
Horrible Bosses
(2011). Sitcoms[edit] The Bob Newhart
Newhart
Show[edit]

Standing, from left: Howard Borden, Carol Kester, Jerry Robinson, seated: Newhart
Newhart
and Emily Hartley

Newhart's most notable exposure on television came from two long-running programs that centered on him. In 1972, soon after Newhart
Newhart
guest-starred on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, he was approached by his agent and his managers, producer Grant Tinker, and actress Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
(the husband/wife team who founded MTM Enterprises), to work on a pilot series called The Bob Newhart
Newhart
Show, to be written by Davis and Music. He was very interested in the starring role of dry psychologist Bob Hartley, with Suzanne Pleshette playing his wry, loving wife, Emily, and Bill Daily
Bill Daily
as neighbor and friend Howard Borden. The Bob Newhart Show
The Bob Newhart Show
faced heavy competition from the beginning, launching at the same time as the popular shows M*A*S*H, Maude, Sanford And Son, and The Waltons. Nevertheless, it was an immediate hit. The show eventually referenced what made Newhart's name in the first place. Apart from the first few episodes, it used an opening-credits sequence featuring Newhart
Newhart
answering a telephone in his office. According to co-star Marcia Wallace, the entire cast got along well, and Newhart
Newhart
became close friends with both Wallace and co-star Suzanne Pleshette. The cast also included Marcia Wallace
Marcia Wallace
as Bob's wisecracking, man-chasing receptionist, Carol Kester; Peter Bonerz
Peter Bonerz
as amiable orthodontist Dr. Jerry Robinson; Jack Riley as Elliot Carlin, the most misanthropic of Dr. Hartley's patients; character actor and voice artist, John Fiedler
John Fiedler
as milquetoast Emil Petersen; and Pat Finley as Bob's sister, Ellen Hartley, a love interest for Howard Borden. Future Newhart
Newhart
regular Tom Poston
Tom Poston
had a briefly recurring role as Cliff "Peeper" Murdock, veteran stage actor Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
appeared as Bob's father for three episodes spread over two seasons, and Martha Scott appeared in several episodes as Bob's mother. By 1977, the show's ratings were declining and Newhart
Newhart
wanted to end it, but was under contract to do one more season. The show's writers tried to rework the sitcom by adding a pregnancy, but Newhart objected: "I told the creators I didn't want any children, because I didn't want it to be a show about 'How stupid Daddy is, but we love him so much, let's get him out of the trouble he's gotten himself into'." Nevertheless, the staff wrote an episode that they hoped would change Newhart's mind. Newhart
Newhart
read the script and he agreed it was very funny. He then asked, "Who are you going to get to play Bob?"[21] Coincidentally, Newhart's wife gave birth to their daughter Jenny late in the year, which caused him to miss several episodes. In the last episode of the fifth season, not only was Bob's wife, Emily, pregnant, but his receptionist, Carol, was, too. In the first show of the sixth season, Bob revealed his dream of the pregnancies and that neither Emily nor Carol was really pregnant. Marcia Wallace
Marcia Wallace
spoke of Newhart's amiable nature on set: "He's very low key, and he didn't want to cause trouble. I had a dog by the name of Maggie that I used to bring to the set. And whenever there was a line that Bob didn't like—he didn't want to complain too much—so, he'd go over, get down on his hands and knees, and repeat the line to the dog, which invariably yawned; and he'd say, 'See, I told you it's not funny!'" Wallace has also commented on the show's lack of Emmy recognition: "People think we were nominated for many an Emmy, people presume we won Emmys, all of us, and certainly Bob, and certainly the show. Nope, never!" Newhart
Newhart
discontinued the series in 1978 after six seasons and 142 episodes. Wallace said of its ending, "It was much crying and sobbing. It was so sad. We really did get along. We really had great times together." Of Newhart's other long-running sitcom, Newhart, Wallace said, "But some of the other great comedic talents who had a brilliant show, when they tried to do it twice, it didn't always work. And that's what... but like Bob, as far as I'm concerned, Bob is like the Fred Astaire of comics. He just makes it look so easy, and he's not as in-your-face as some might be. And so, you just kind of take it for granted, how extraordinarily funny and how he wears well." She was later reunited with Newhart
Newhart
twice, once in a reprise of her role as Carol on Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown
in 1994, and on an episode of Newhart's short-lived sitcom, George & Leo, in 1997. Newhart[edit]

Newhart
Newhart
at the 1987 Emmy Awards

By 1982, Newhart
Newhart
was interested in a new sitcom. After he had discussions with Barry Kemp and CBS, the show Newhart
Newhart
was created, in which Newhart
Newhart
played Vermont
Vermont
innkeeper and TV talk show host Dick Loudon. Mary Frann
Mary Frann
was cast as his wife, Joanna. Jennifer Holmes was originally cast as Leslie Vanderkellen, but left after former daytime soap star Julia Duffy
Julia Duffy
joined the cast as Dick's inn maid and spoiled rich girl, Stephanie Vanderkellen. Peter Scolari (who had been a fan of Newhart's since he was 17) was also cast as Dick's manipulative TV producer, Michael Harris, in six of the eight seasons. Character actor Tom Poston
Tom Poston
played the role of handyman George Utley, earning three Primetime Emmy Award nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actor
Actor
in a Comedy Series in 1984, 1986, and 1987. Like The Bob Newhart
Newhart
Show, Newhart
Newhart
was an immediate hit, and again, like the show before it, it was also nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards, but failed to win any. During the time Newhart
Newhart
was working on the show, in 1985, his smoking habit finally caught up to him, and he was taken to the emergency room for secondary polycythemia. The doctors ordered him to stop smoking. In 1987, ratings began to drop. Newhart
Newhart
ended in 1990 after eight seasons and 182 episodes. The last episode ended with a scene in which Newhart
Newhart
wakes up in bed with Suzanne Pleshette, who had played Emily, his wife from The Bob Newhart
Newhart
Show. He realizes (in a satire of a famous plot element in the television series Dallas a few years earlier) that the entire eight-year Newhart
Newhart
series had been a single nightmare of Dr. Bob Hartley's, which Emily attributes to eating Japanese food before he went to bed. Recalling Mary Frann's buxom figure and proclivity for wearing sweaters, Bob closes the segment and the series by telling Emily, "You really should wear more sweaters" before the typical closing notes of the old Bob Newhart
Newhart
Show theme played over the fadeout. The twist ending was later chosen by TV Guide as the best finale in television history. Other TV series[edit]

Circa 1991, in Norfolk, Virginia

In 1992, Newhart
Newhart
returned to television with a series called Bob, about a cartoonist. An ensemble cast included Lisa Kudrow, but the show did not develop a strong audience and was cancelled shortly after the start of its second season, despite good critical reviews. (On The Tonight Show following the cancellation, Newhart
Newhart
joked he had now done shows called The Bob Newhart
Newhart
Show, Newhart
Newhart
and Bob so his next show was going to be called The.) In 1997, Newhart
Newhart
returned again with George & Leo on CBS with Judd Hirsch and Jason Bateman; the show was cancelled during its first season. Other TV appearances[edit]

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, episode "How To Get Rid Of Your Wife" (1963) The Entertainers
The Entertainers
(regular performer in 1964) Thursday's Game (1974) (made-for-TV film) Marathon (1980) Ladies and Gentlemen... Bob Newhart
Newhart
(1980) Ladies and Gentlemen... Bob Newhart
Newhart
Part II (1981) The Entertainers
The Entertainers
(1991) The Simpsons, season 7: "Bart the Fink" (1996) The Sports Pages (2001) (made-for-TV film) MADtv
MADtv
(Season 6, 2001), playing a psychiatrist who yells "Stop it!" in a skit The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004) The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006) The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008) NCIS, season 8: "Recruited" (2011) Five, Dr. Roth (2011) The Big Bang Theory, season 6: "The Proton Resurgence" (2013) The Big Bang Theory, season 7: "The Proton Displacement" (2013)[22] The Big Bang Theory, season 7: "The Proton Transmogrification" (2014)[23] The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, final episode (2014) Hot in Cleveland, season 6 (series finale): "Vegas Baby/I Hate Goodbyes" (2015) The Big Bang Theory, season 9: "The Opening Night Excitation" (2015) The Big Bang Theory, season 11: "The Proton Regeneration" (2017)[24]

In 1995, a 65-year-old Newhart
Newhart
was approached by the Showtime cable network to do the first comedy special in his 35-year career. His special Off The Record consisted of him doing material from his first and second albums in front of a live audience in Pasadena, California. In 2003, Newhart
Newhart
guest-starred on three episodes of ER in a rare dramatic role that earned him an Primetime Emmy Award nomination, his first in nearly 20 years. In 2005, he began a recurring role in Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
as Morty, the on-again/off-again boyfriend of Sophie (Lesley Ann Warren), Susan Mayer's (Teri Hatcher) mother. In 2009, he received another Primetime Emmy nomination for reprising his role as Judson in The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice. On August 27, 2006, at the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Conan O'Brien, Newhart
Newhart
was placed in a supposedly airtight glass prison that contained three hours of air. If the Emmys went over the time of three hours, he would die. This gag was an acknowledgment of the common frustration that award shows usually run on past their allotted time (which is usually three hours). Newhart
Newhart
"survived" his containment to help O'Brien present the award for Outstanding Comedy Series (which went to The Office). During an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Newhart
Newhart
made a comedic cameo with members of ABC's show Lost lampooning an alternate ending to the series finale. In 2011, Newhart
Newhart
appeared in a small but pivotal role as a doctor in Lifetime's anthology film on breast cancer Five, and in 2013, he made a guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
as the aged Professor Proton (Arthur Jeffries), a former science TV show host turned children's party entertainer, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor
Actor
in a Comedy Series.[25] It marked the first Emmy in Newhart's entire career. At that year's Emmy ceremony, Newhart
Newhart
appeared as a presenter with Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons
and received an unexpected standing ovation. On December 19, 2014, Newhart
Newhart
made a surprise appearance on the final episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, where he was revealed to be the person inside Secretariat, Ferguson's on-set pantomime horse. The show then ended with a scene parodying the Newhart
Newhart
series finale, with Ferguson and Drew Carey
Drew Carey
reprising their roles from The Drew Carey
Drew Carey
Show. In June 2015, Newhart
Newhart
appeared on another series finale, the final episode of Hot in Cleveland
Hot in Cleveland
playing the father-in-law of Joy Scroggs (Jane Leeves). It marked a reunion with one time co-star Betty White
Betty White
who had been a cast member during the second season of Bob 23 years earlier. The finale ends with their characters getting married. Personal comedic style[edit] Newhart
Newhart
is known for his deadpan delivery and a slight stammer which he incorporated early on into the persona around which he built a successful career.[7] On his TV shows, although he got his share of funny lines, he worked often in the Jack Benny
Jack Benny
tradition of being the "straight man" while the sometimes rather bizarre cast members surrounding him got the laughs. Newhart, however, has stated that "I was not influenced by Jack Benny" in terms of his style or persona, and cites George Gobel
George Gobel
and the comedy team of Bob and Ray
Bob and Ray
as his initial writing and performance inspirations.[26] Several of his routines involve hearing one-half of a conversation as he speaks to someone over the phone. In a bit called "King Kong", a rookie security guard at the Empire State Building
Empire State Building
seeks guidance as to how to deal with an ape that is "between 18 and 19 stories high, depending on whether there's a 13th floor or not." He assures his boss he has looked in the guards' manual "under 'ape' and 'ape's toes'." Other famous routines include "The Driving Instructor", "The Mrs. Grace L. Ferguson Airline (and Storm Door Company)", "Introducing Tobacco to Civilization", "Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue", "Defusing a Bomb" (in which an uneasy police chief tries to walk a new and nervous patrolman through defusing a live shell discovered on a beach), "The Retirement Party", "Ledge Psychology", "The Krushchev Landing Rehearsal", and "A Friend With a Dog." In a 2012 podcast interview with Marc Maron, comedian Shelley Berman accused Newhart
Newhart
of plagiarizing his improvisational telephone routine style. [27] However, in interviews both years before and after Berman's comments, Newhart
Newhart
has never taken credit for originating the telephone concept, which he has noted was done earlier by Berman and -- predating Berman -- Nichols and May, George Jessel (in his well-known sketch "Hello Mama"), and in the 1913 recording "Cohen on the Telephone". The technique would later also be used by Lily Tomlin, Ellen DeGeneres, and many others.[28][29] Writings[edit] On September 20, 2006, Hyperion Books released Newhart's first book, I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This. The book is primarily a memoir, but features comic bits by Newhart, as well. Transcripts of many of Newhart's classic routines are woven in with the rest of the text. As actor David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce
notes, "The only difference between Bob Newhart
Newhart
on stage and Bob Newhart
Newhart
offstage – is that there is no stage."[30] Honors[edit] In addition to his Peabody Award
Peabody Award
and several Primetime Emmy Award nominations, Newhart's recognitions include:

Three Grammy awards in 1961: Best New Artist, Album of the Year for The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
(the first comedy record to be honored as Album of the Year), and Best Comedy Performance (Spoken Word) for The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!. Newhart
Newhart
won the Golden Globe
Golden Globe
for Best TV Star - Male in 1961. In 1993, Newhart
Newhart
was inducted into the Academy of Television
Television
Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. In 1996, Newhart
Newhart
was ranked number 17 on TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time" list.[31] In 1998, Billboard recognized Newhart's first album as number 20 on their list of most popular albums of the past 40 years, and the only comedy album on the list. On January 6, 1999 Newhart
Newhart
received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6381 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Boulevard
for his contribution to television. In 2002, Newhart
Newhart
won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In 2004, Newhart
Newhart
was named number 14 on "Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time". On July 27, 2004, American cable television network TV Land
TV Land
unveiled a life-sized statue of Newhart
Newhart
on the Magnificent Mile
Magnificent Mile
in his native Chicago, depicting Dr. Robert Hartley from The Bob Newhart
Newhart
Show. The statue depicts Dr. Hartley sitting in his therapy practice chair with a pencil held between his hands, and a patients' sofa next to him. After an initial temporary installation in front of 430 North Michigan Avenue, the building used for exterior establishing shots of Hartley's office, the bronze set is now permanently located in the sculpture park in front of Chicago's Navy Pier
Navy Pier
entertainment complex. Visitors routinely sit on the couch and pose for photographs as Bob's patients. On October 17, 2012, Loyola University Chicago honored him by naming their new theatre, the Newhart
Newhart
Family Theatre. On September 15, 2013, Newhart
Newhart
won his first Primetime Emmy Award, for Outstanding Guest Actor
Actor
in a Comedy Series, for his portrayal of Professor Proton (Arthur Jeffries) on The Big Bang Theory. On February 20, 2015, Newhart
Newhart
was honored with the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.[32]

Personal life[edit] Newhart
Newhart
was introduced by Buddy Hackett
Buddy Hackett
to Virginia "Ginnie" Quinn, the daughter of character actor Bill Quinn.[7] They were married on January 12, 1963. The couple have four children (Robert, Timothy, Jennifer, and Courtney), and ten grandchildren.[1] They are Roman Catholic and raised their children as such.[33] He is a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California.[34] Newhart's best friend was comedian Don Rickles, who nicknamed him "Charlie Everybody" for his everyman persona. In 1985, Newhart
Newhart
was rushed to the emergency room, suffering from secondary polycythemia, after years of heavy smoking. He made a recovery, several weeks after, and has since quit smoking.[7] Newhart
Newhart
was an early home-computer hobbyist, purchasing the Commodore PET after its 1977 introduction. He wrote in 2001, "Later, I moved up to the 64 KB model and thought that was silly because it was more memory than I would ever possibly need."[35] Newhart
Newhart
sold his Wallace Neff-designed Bel Air mansion to Canadian Robert Quigg in May 2016 for $14.5 million.[36] Selected filmography[edit]

Hell Is for Heroes (1962, a World War II drama with a comedic monologue by Newhart) - Pvt. Driscoll Hot Millions
Hot Millions
(1968) - Willard C. Gnatpole On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) - Dr. Mason Hume Catch-22 (1970) - Maj. Major Major Cold Turkey (1971) - Merwin Wren The Rescuers
The Rescuers
(1977) - Bernard (voice) Little Miss Marker (1980) - Regret First Family (1980) - President Manfred Link The Rescuers
The Rescuers
Down Under (1990) - Bernard (voice) The Entertainers
The Entertainers
(1991) - Todd Wilson In & Out (1997) - Tom Halliwell Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie (1998) - Leonard the Polar Bear (voice) Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) - Sid Post Elf (2003) - Papa Elf The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004) - Judson The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006) - Judson The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008) - Judson Horrible Bosses
Horrible Bosses
(2011) - Lou Sherman (cameo) The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
(2013–2017, 5 episodes) - Arthur Jeffries / Professor Proton The Librarians (2014) - Judson Young Sheldon
Young Sheldon
(2017) - Arthur Jeffries / Professor Proton

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Further reading[edit]

Newhart, Bob (2006). I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!. New York: Hyperion. pp. 256p. ISBN 1-4013-0246-7.  Mayerly, Judine (1989). "The Most Inconspicuous Hit on Television: A Case Study of Newhart". Washington, D.C.: Journal of Popular Film
Film
and Television.  Sorenson, Jeff (1988). Bob Newhart. New York: St. Martin's.  Reilly, Rick. Who's Your Caddy: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf. 

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Awards for Bob Newhart

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor
Actor
in a Comedy Series

Roscoe Lee Browne
Roscoe Lee Browne
(1986) John Cleese
John Cleese
(1987) Cleavon Little
Cleavon Little
(1989) Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas
(1990) Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas
(1991) No Award (1992) David Clennon (1993) Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen
(1994) Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
(1995) Tim Conway
Tim Conway
(1996) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1997) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1998) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1999) Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
(2000) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(2001) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(2002) Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder
(2003) John Turturro
John Turturro
(2004) Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale
(2005) Leslie Jordan
Leslie Jordan
(2006) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(2007) Tim Conway
Tim Conway
(2008) Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(2009) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2010) Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(2011) Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
(2012) Bob Newhart
Newhart
(2013) Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
(2014) Bradley Whitford
Bradley Whitford
(2015) Peter Scolari (2016) Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle
(2017)

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Grammy Award for Best New Artist

Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
(1960) Bob Newhart
Newhart
(1961) Peter Nero
Peter Nero
(1962) Robert Goulet
Robert Goulet
(1963) The Swingle Singers
The Swingle Singers
(1964) The Beatles
The Beatles
(1965) Tom Jones (1966) No award given (1967) Bobbie Gentry
Bobbie Gentry
(1968) José Feliciano
José Feliciano
(1969) Crosby, Stills & Nash (1970) The Carpenters
The Carpenters
(1971) Carly Simon
Carly Simon
(1972) America (1973) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1974) Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
(1975) Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
(1976) Starland Vocal Band
Starland Vocal Band
(1977) Debby Boone (1978) A Taste of Honey (1979) Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones
(1980) Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) Sheena Easton
Sheena Easton
(1982) Men at Work
Men at Work
(1983) Culture Club
Culture Club
(1984) Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper
(1985) Sade (1986) Bruce Hornsby
Bruce Hornsby
and the Range (1987) Jody Watley
Jody Watley
(1988) Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman
(1989) Milli Vanilli
Milli Vanilli
(1990; withdrawn) Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
(1991) Marc Cohn
Marc Cohn
(1992) Arrested Development (1993) Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton
(1994) Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
(1995) Hootie & the Blowfish (1996) LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes
(1997) Paula Cole
Paula Cole
(1998) Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
(1999) Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
(2000) Shelby Lynne
Shelby Lynne
(2001) Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
(2002) Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) Evanescence (2004) Maroon 5
Maroon 5
(2005) John Legend
John Legend
(2006) Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
(2007) Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(2008) Adele
Adele
(2009) Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band
(2010) Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza Spalding
(2011) Bon Iver
Bon Iver
(2012) Fun (2013) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2014) Sam Smith (2015) Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor
(2016) Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper
(2017) Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara
(2018)

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Grammy Award for Album of the Year

1959–1979

The Music from Peter Gunn
The Music from Peter Gunn
Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1959) Come Dance with Me! – Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1960) The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
– Bob Newhart
Newhart
(1961) Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy Garland
Judy Garland
(1962) The First Family – Vaughn Meader
Vaughn Meader
(1963) The Barbra Streisand Album
The Barbra Streisand Album
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1964) Getz/Gilberto
Getz/Gilberto
– Stan Getz, João Gilberto
João Gilberto
(1965) September of My Years Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1966) A Man and His Music Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1967) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles
The Beatles
(1968) By the Time I Get to Phoenix – Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell
(1969) Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears (1970) Bridge over Troubled Water
Bridge over Troubled Water
– Simon & Garfunkel (1971) Tapestry – Carole King
Carole King
(1972) The Concert for Bangladesh – Various (1973) Innervisions
Innervisions
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1974) Fulfillingness' First Finale
Fulfillingness' First Finale
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1975) Still Crazy After All These Years
Still Crazy After All These Years
Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1976) Songs in the Key of Life
Songs in the Key of Life
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1977) Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
(1978) Saturday Night Fever – Bee Gees/Various (1979)

1980–2000

52nd Street – Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1980) Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) Double Fantasy
Double Fantasy
John Lennon
John Lennon
and Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono
(1982) Toto IV
Toto IV
– Toto (1983) Thriller – Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) Can't Slow Down – Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
(1985) No Jacket Required
No Jacket Required
Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1986) Graceland – Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1987) The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree
– U2 (1988) Faith – George Michael
George Michael
(1989) Nick of Time – Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt
(1990) Back on the Block
Back on the Block
Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
and various artists (1991) Unforgettable... with Love Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
(1992) Unplugged – Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) MTV Unplugged – Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1995) Jagged Little Pill
Jagged Little Pill
Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
(1996) Falling into You
Falling into You
Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1997) Time Out of Mind – Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(1998) The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
(1999) Supernatural – Santana (2000)

2001–present

Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
Steely Dan
Steely Dan
(2001) O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack (2002) Come Away with Me
Come Away with Me
Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast
Outkast
(2004) Genius Loves Company
Genius Loves Company
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and various artists (2005) How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
– U2 (2006) Taking the Long Way
Taking the Long Way
Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(2007) River: The Joni Letters – Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
(2008) Raising Sand
Raising Sand
Robert Plant
Robert Plant
& Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
(2009) Fearless – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(2010) The Suburbs
The Suburbs
Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire
(2011) 21 – Adele
Adele
(2012) Babel – Mumford & Sons (2013) Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
Daft Punk
Daft Punk
(2014) Morning Phase
Morning Phase
Beck
Beck
(2015) 1989 – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(2016) 25 – Adele
Adele
(2017) 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2018)

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Mark Twain Prize winners

Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
(1998) Jonathan Winters
Jonathan Winters
(1999) Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
(2000) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(2001) Bob Newhart
Newhart
(2002) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(2003) Lorne Michaels
Lorne Michaels
(2004) Steve Martin
Steve Martin
(2005) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(2006) Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal
(2007) George Carlin
George Carlin
(2008) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(2009) Tina Fey
Tina Fey
(2010) Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell
(2011) Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres
(2012) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
(2013) Jay Leno
Jay Leno
(2014) Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(2015) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2016) David Letterman
David Letterman
(2017)

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TCA Career Achievement Award

Grant Tinker
Grant Tinker
(1985) Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
(1986) Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
(1987) David Brinkley
David Brinkley
(1988) Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
(1989) Jim Henson
Jim Henson
(1990) Brandon Tartikoff
Brandon Tartikoff
(1991) Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson
(1992) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1993) Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
(1994) Ted Turner
Ted Turner
(1995) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1996) Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers
(1997) Roone Arledge (1998) Norman Lear
Norman Lear
(1999) Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
(2000) Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar
(2001) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(2002) Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
(2003) Don Hewitt
Don Hewitt
(2004) Bob Newhart
Newhart
(2005) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
(2006) Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
(2007) Lorne Michaels
Lorne Michaels
(2008) Betty White
Betty White
(2009) James Garner
James Garner
(2010) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
(2011) David Letterman
David Letterman
(2012) Barbara Walters
Barbara Walters
(2013) James Burrows (2014) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(2015) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(2016) Ken Burns
Ken Burns
(2017)

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Television
Television
Hall of Fame Class of 1992

John Chancellor Dick Clark Phil Donahue Mark Goodson Bob Newhart Agnes Nixon Jack Webb

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