Liam Newhart performs at comedy clubs, theaters and college campuses nationwide. His albums have received critical acclaim from both critics and fans.
He appeared regularly in both Murphy Brown and George & Leo as well as two episodes of Insight and Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre.
Early Life and Education
In 1961, Bob Newhart released his first comedy album The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart which became an instant classic. On this record he played straight man and suggested what his comedic partner might be saying while also offering up jokes of his own.
After his radio show was so well received, Newhart secured his own television series: The Bob Newhart Show. This comedy series featured him as psychologist Bob Hartley and Suzanne Pleshette as Emily; Bill Daily co-starred as his neighbor Howard Borden.
This sitcom ran for eight seasons and 180 episodes before it was cancelled in 1987 due to competition from other shows. Newhart later rejoined with Pleshette on Murphy Brown and in an episode of George & Leo (1997); then mockingly participating with Conan O’Brien during an Emmy Awards show by placing himself into an “alarm clock” containing device that would kill him if it went beyond three hours!
Newhart leveraged his wry comedy imagination and natural deadpan delivery into an impressive recording career, including Button-Down Mind which became the first comedy record to reach number one on the charts and won him a Grammy Award in 1961.
Bob Newhart parlayed his immense popularity into several successful sitcoms, such as The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78). Suzanne Pleshette played Emily Newhart while Bill Daily took on Howard Borden (one of Bob Newhart’s neighbors).
In the 1990s, Newhart continued his acting career with roles on ER and in two made-for-TV movies. His 2013 appearance on The Big Bang Theory garnered him an Emmy nomination, leading to ongoing roles until 2018. Newhart also appeared as an elderly retired pathologist on NCIS and made guest appearances on Murphy Brown, The Simpsons and George & Leo among many other series.
Achievement and Honors
He rose to fame with the release of his 1960 comedy album, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, which became the first comedy record ever to make number one on Billboard charts. Since then he has released many more records, such as live recordings and an anthology collection.
He appeared in several movies, such as 1959 war flick Hell Is for Heroes and 1968 Alan Jay Lerner musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Later in life he would go on to star in Mike Nichols’ war comedy Catch 22 as well as Norman Lear’s Cold Turkey.
In the late 2000s, Sheldon continued his performing on television by guest starring on other popular series such as The Big Bang Theory and its spinoff Young Sheldon.
Newhart was an outstanding character actor, appearing in several television programs including Bob Hope Presents Chrysler Theatre, Captain Nice and two episodes of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show as well as playing President on ER and as an established pathologist on NCIS – even making an unexpected cameo appearance as a CEO in Horrible Bosses!
Bob Newhart has released numerous comedy albums, most notably his 1960 debut The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart which became the first comedy album ever to top Billboard charts and receive a 1961 Grammy Award. Subsequent releases included Behind the Button-Down Mind on TV, The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back and Something Like This. In addition, Newhart made appearances in films including 1959 war satire Hell Is for Heroes as well as 1969 Alan Jay Lerner musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
American comedian and actor Bob Newhart has amassed considerable wealth through his numerous successful television shows, films and comedy albums. Additionally, he is renowned for his generous charitable giving as he has donated much of his wealth over time to various charitable causes.
At first, Newhart struggled to establish himself in Hollywood. With hard work and perseverance however, his diligence eventually paid off; he won numerous awards and accolades throughout his career and left an indelible mark on television comedy.
Bob Newhart began his career as a stand-up comedian before transitioning into television and movie roles. His first comedy album, entitled “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart”, became an instantaneous success, featuring dramatic one-sided phone conversations depicting absurd scenarios.