“I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down'”– Bob Newhart
He was one of four children born to George and Julia Newhart. Bob is the only boy. He attended Catholic schools, including Loyola University of Chicago. He graduated from Loyola UofC in 1952 with a degree in business management. He served in the Army during the Korean War (he was stationed stateside). After the war he worked as an accountant and clerk before turning to comedy.
By 1959 he was recording comedy albums and doing stand up. He had his first taste of television with “The Bob Newhart Show” in 1961. This first effort lasted only a year, but Bob was a regular guest on variety shows. through out the 60s.
In the 1970’s Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker gave Bob another chance at starring in a series when they developed “The Bob Newhart Show” (part 2, if you will). The show ran for 142 episodes over six seasons.
It was as Bob Hartley that Newhart wedged his button-down way into many of our hearts. Who didn’t want a straight man like Hartley as your psychologist, your friend, your neighbor? He let the other characters go nuts around him because he was eternally the solid, helpful center, who wasn’t perfect, but who stood in for everyone who’s ever wondered, “What the heck have I gotten myself into?” [NBCNews.com]
In 1982 he starred in another successful sit-com, Newhart, as Dick Loudon, a Vermont innkeeper. Newhart lasted 8 years. Both series were nominated for Emmy’s several years in a row (as was Newhart) but never managed to take home the statue.