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Emmy spotlight: Will Bob Newhart make a ‘Big Bang’ with a guest role 2-peat?

Emmy spotlight: Will Bob Newhart make a ‘Big Bang’ with a guest role 2-peat?

At 89, comic actor Bob Newhart doesn’t need the validation of shiny showbiz trinkets to prove he is a legend far beyond his own button-down mind. With a career that spans nearly six decades, he has won enough honors — ranging from the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2002 to Gold Derby’s own Career Achievement Award that he received earlier this month (see above).

Newhart first found fame with what would be the first-ever comedy album to top “Billboard’s” sales charts, “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart.” The recording would go on to win three Grammys in 1961. He soon became a TV star starting with 1961’s short-lived variety series “The Bob Newhart Show,” which would win a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding humor program.

His ’70s sitcom, also titled “The Bob Newhart Show,” revolved around his dry-humored psychiatrist and his array of unusual patients. His follow-up ’80s series,

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