Newhart insisted that there never be any children for his character to be the father of in each of his television series. "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.'" In the sixth year of Newhart's CBS series, The Bob Newhart Show (1972), the writers wrote a script in which Emily Hartley was pregnant. When Newhart was asked his opinion of the script, he said, "It's very funny. Who are you going to get to play Bob?".
Prior to hitting his success on the comedy circuits in the 1960s, Bob worked as an accountant for a Chicago firm. He hated every minute of it.
His 1960 comedy album The Buttoned-Down Mind of Bob Newhart went to #1 on the charts, beating out Elvis Presley and The Sound of Music original Broadway cast album. The album won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for 1960.
Father, with Ginny Newhart, of Robert William Newhart, Courtney Newhart, Timothy Tim Newhart and Jennifer Newhart.
He has a sister (Sister M. Joan Newhart) who is a nun.
His wife, Ginny Newhart, came up with the idea for Newhart: The Last Newhart (1990) (the last episode of Newhart (1982)), in which the entire 1982 series was all a dream of "Dr. Bob Hartley" of The Bob Newhart Show (1972).
Guest hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 87 times.
Appeared on The Dean Martin Show (1965) 24 times.
Appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (a.k.a. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)) 8 times.
Son-in-law of actor Bill Quinn.
Like Bill Cosby, Newhart has the ability to be funny without resorting to profanity. The closest Newhart comes is in his bit "The Driving Instructor," in which he comments, "...I don't suppose it is so damn funny".
He was awarded a Kennedy Centre Mark Twain Prize for comedy.
Nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award in the best spoken word album category for his album I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!.
Every television series he starred in has his name in the title: The Bob Newhart Show (1961), The Bob Newhart Show (1972), Newhart (1982), Bob (1992), and George & Leo (1997) (George is his real first name, Robert is his middle name).
Was considered for the role of Andy Stone in Casino (1995).
His family surname was "Neuhardt" several generations back. His father was of half German and half Irish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His paternal grandmother was born in Canada, to Irish immigrants.
Good friend of Don Rickles.
Graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory School in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947.
His idols when he was young were Robert Benchley, Jack Benny and Fred Allen.
His parents were Julia Pauline (Burns), a housewife, and George David Newhart, a part-owner of a plumbing and heating-supply business.
Drafted in the U.S. Army and served stateside during Korean War until he was honorably discharged in 1954.
Graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management.
Is the best and closest friend of the late Suzanne Pleshette, and spoke at her funeral, alongside another ex-The Bob Newhart Show (1972) co-star and best friend, Marcia Wallace, on 24 January 2008. Both Pleshette and Wallace co-starred in The Bob Newhart Show (1972) with him.
Before he was a successful comedian, he used to work as a delivery boy for a meat market.
Was a heavy smoker for years, until he was ordered by doctors to stop in 1985.
Was hospitalized with a nosebleed, followed by polycythemia, after all that smoking, but soon recovered. [3 September 1985].
Before he was a successful comedian, he had a lot of jobs from a pinspotter to an office boy in Downtown Chicago.
Lived with his parents until he was in his twenties.
Was stationed at Camp Roberts in San Luis, Obispo, California, in 1952.
Has released 10 comedy albums.
Before he was a successful comedian, he became an advertising copywriter for Fred A. Niles, a major independent film and television producer in Chicago.
Began his contract career as a comedian for Warner Bros. Records in 1959.
Uncle of Paul Brittain.
As a little boy, he always wanted to be called Bob, hence, he dropped his first two names George Robert to rechristen the name of Bob Newhart.
His former The Bob Newhart Show (1972) and Newhart (1982), co-stars, Marcia Wallace, Bill Daily, Tom Poston, William Sanderson, Julia Duffy and Peter Scolari, had all guest-starred on the same episode of George & Leo (1997) in 1997.
Best friend of Suzanne Pleshette from 1971-2008.
He attended the Sixth Army in San Francisco, California, after spending 22 winters in Chicago.
Best known by the public for his starring roles as Dr. Robert 'Bob' Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show (1972) and as Dick Loudin on Newhart (1982).
Friends with: Tom Poston, Suzanne Pleshette, Mary Frann, Marcia Wallace, Peter Bonerz, Julie London, Buck Henry, Bill Daily, Bill Bixby, Jane Curtin, Don Rickles, Olympia Dukakis, Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, José Ferrer, Jack Riley, Bernard Fox, Richard Benjamin, Tim Conway, Dick Martin, John Fiedler, Eva Gabor, Tony Randall, Mary Tyler Moore, Bill Cosby, and Conan O'Brien.
Was a fan of both shows: I Love Lucy (1951) and The Milton Berle Show (1966).
Attended the funeral of Bill Bixby in 1993.
As he (born 1929) got older, his sitcom wives got successively younger. In The Bob Newhart Show (1972), Suzanne Pleshette (born 1937) was eight years younger. In Newhart, Mary Frann (born 1943) was fourteen years younger. And in Bob (1992), Carlene Watkins (born 1952) was twenty-three years younger.
Acting mentor and friends of Julia Duffy and Peter Scolari.
Made six appearances as Professor Proton (AKA Arthur Jeffries) in The Big Bang Theory in Seasons 6, 7, 9, 11, and 12.
Received his first Emmy nomination in 1962. He did not win until 2014, 52 years later, for playing Arthur "Professor Proton" Jeffries in The Big Bang Theory (2007) episode The Big Bang Theory: The Proton Displacement (2013).
In the game World of Warcraft, the character of Robert Newhearth, an NPC curator of library books in the city of Dalaran, is based visually on the character of Judson in "The Librarians".
Co owns a Hollywood restaurant with comedian Dustin Hoffman.