Born In: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Don’t go by the calm, reasonable voice, stuttering delivery, deadpan eyes and poker-faced look of Bob Newhart – he has the ability to tickle even the most hardest of your bones in a funny way! What differentiates him from his comedian counterparts is the fact that unlike others who employ tricks and punches, he gets his audience into a laughter riot just with a cantankerous voice and calm demeanour. Interestingly the stammer and the stutter which we have grown fond of is not an inherent Newhart trait but a self-made one! Comedy came naturally to this once accountant and advertising copywriter who shot to fame with his 1960s, released humorous monologue, ‘The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart’. The album not only became a bestseller, but chronicled to the No 1 position at the Billboard pop chart, spawning the release of its sequels and other albums. Other than this, he has also appeared in a number of television shows and films, the most notable venture being the ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ which expanded for six seasons including 142 episodes. Three times Grammy award winner, Newhart’s trademark one-sided conversation and telephone monologues have captured the heart of millions of his fans worldwide. In the following lines, we have provided in depth information about his life and childhood.
Also Known As: George Robert Newhart
Spouse/Ex-: Virginia Quinn
father: George David Newhart Sr.
mother: Julia Pauline (née Burns; 1900–1993),
siblings: Virginia Mary Joan Pauline
children: Robert Timothy Jennifer Courtney
Born Country: United States
Ancestry: Canadian American, Irish American
Notable Alumni: Loyola University Chicago
U.S. State: Illinois
City: Oak Park, Illinois
education: Loyola University Chicago
Bob Newhart was born as George Robert Newhart to Julia Pauline and George David Newhart in Austin, Chicago, Illinois on September 5, 1929. His father co-owned a plumbing and heating supply enterprise.
Though Gallagher lost interest in the same with time, he continued the recordings and developed a lingo which remained with him for the rest of his life. Coincidentally, his audition tape was heard by a disc jockey in 1959, who officially introduced him to Warner Bros Records talent head.
No sooner, Bob Newhart became famous for his audio releases which portrayed him as the world’s first solo ‘straight man’. His main motive was to portray one end of a conversation.
At the 1960’s Billboard chart, Button-Down became the first comedy album to reach No. 1 position, quickly surpassing Elvis Presley’s ‘The Sound of Music’. The album was well received both commercially and critically. It peaked at No 2 position at the UK Album Chart.
Following the super success and overwhelming response of his debut album, Bob Newhart, in a matter of days, released his second album, which was a follow up of Button-Down, titled, ‘The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back’. This album too met with an excellent response.
After the end of the ‘The Bob Newhart Show’, he took a hiatus from television. His sabbatical ended four years later in 1982, when he was featured in a new sitcom on CBS titled, ‘Newhart’. In it, he played the character of Vermont innkeeper Dick Loudon.
His ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ aired in 1971, on CBS as a sitcom was a major hit. It ran for six seasons, airing 142 episodes. The show ranked in Top 20 during its first three seasons, garnering two Emmy nominations and one Golden Globe nomination for him in the category of ‘Best TV Actor- Musical/ Comedy’. In 2007, the TIME magazine placed the show in its list of ‘100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME’.
Bob Newhart received the Peabody Award for the NBC variety show, ‘The Bob Newhart Show’.
Though he has been nominated several times at the Primetime Emmy Awards in various categories, he finally received one in 2013, for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his character of Professor Proton (Arthur Jeffries) on ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
Bob Newhart tied the knot with the daughter of character actor, Bill Quinn, Virginia ‘Ginnie’ Quinn on January 12, 1963. The couple has been blessed with four children, Robert, Timothy, Jennifer and Courtney.
Bob Newhart Movies
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