1. George Robert “Bob” Newhart is an American stand-up comedian and actor.
2. Noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery, Newhart came to prominence in the 1960s when his album of comedic monologues The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart was a worldwide bestseller and reached number one on the Billboard pop album chart—it remains the 20th best-selling comedy album in history.
3. Newhart later went into acting, starring in two long-running and award-winning situation comedies, first as psychologist Dr. Robert “Bob” Hartley on the 1970s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show and then as innkeeper Dick Loudon on the 1980s sitcom Newhart.
4. He also had two short-lived sitcoms in the nineties titled Bob and George and Leo.
5. Newhart also appeared in film roles such as Major Major in Catch-22 and Papa Elf in Elf.
6. He provided the voice of Bernard in the Walt Disney animated films The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under.
7. In 2004 he played the library head Judson in The Librarian, a character which continued in 2014 to the TV series The Librarians.
8. In 2013, Newhart made his first of four guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory, for which he received his first Primetime Emmy Award on September 15, 2013.
9. On February 20, 2015, Newhart was honored with the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.
10. His parents were Julia Pauline , a part-owner of a plumbing and heating-supply business.
11. His mother was of Irish descent and his father had Irish, German and English ancestry. Newhart has three sisters, Virginia, Mary Joan and Pauline.
12. 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 , graduating in 1947.
13. Newhart was drafted into the United States Army and served in the United States during the Korean War as a personnel manager until being discharged in 1954.
14. 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.
15. After the war, Newhart got a job as an accountant for United States Gypsum.
16. In 1958, Newhart became an advertising copywriter for Fred A. Niles, a major independent film and television producer in Chicago. It was here that he and a co-worker would entertain each other with long telephone calls about absurd scenarios, which they would later record and send to radio stations as audition tapes.
17. When his co-worker ended his participation, Newhart continued the recordings alone, developing the shtick which was to serve him well for decades.
18. In addition to his various stand-up bits, he incorporated that shtick into his television series at appropriate times.
19. A disc jockey at a radio station – Dan Sorkin, who later became the announcer-sidekick on his NBC series — introduced Newhart to the head of talent at Warner Bros.
20. Records, which signed him in 1959—only a year after the label was formed—based solely on those recordings.
21. He expanded his material into a stand-up routine which he began to perform at nightclubs.
22. His 1960 comedy album, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, was the first comedy album to make #1 on the Billboard charts. Button Down Mind received the 1961 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
23. The album peaked at #2 in the UK Albums Chart. Newhart also won Best New Artist.