Stewart Robert Einstein (November 20, 1942 – January 2, 2019) was an American actor, comedy writer and producer. He was known for creating and performing the satirical stuntman character Super Dave Osborne. Einstein was also known for his roles as Marty Funkhouser in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Larry Middleman on Arrested Development.
Einstein in the unsold television pilot "Three for Tahiti", 1970
Stewart Robert Einstein
November 20, 1942
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||January 2, 2019 (aged 76)|
Indian Wells, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Chapman University|
|Occupation||Actor, comedy writer, producer|
|Relatives||Albert Brooks (brother)|
Charles Einstein (half-brother)
Einstein got his start as a writer on several television variety shows, including The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. Einstein won two Emmy Awards as a writer and was nominated four other times. He also won a CableACE Award for acting as Super Dave, along with five other nominations.
Einstein was born in 1942 in Los Angeles, to a Jewish family. His parents were the comic Harry Einstein, best known for playing the character Parkyakarkus on radio and in the movies, and the actress-singer Thelma Leeds. On October 24, 1949 at the age of six, it was reported in the LA Times that he had contracted Polio. Fears that it was the paralytic type of Polio appear to have been unfounded. His younger brother is comedian and writer Albert Brooks (born Albert Lawrence Einstein), and his older brother, Cliff Einstein, is a retired advertising executive in Los Angeles. He was a 1965 graduate of Chapman College.
Einstein got his start writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour for which he won an Emmy Award. The writing team also included Steve Martin and Murray Roman. He also appeared on the show as Officer Judy. In 1977 he won an Emmy for outstanding comedy-variety series for his work on "Van Dyke and Company".
Super Dave OsborneEdit
Einstein created the goofy stuntman Super Dave Osborne character, who first made an appearance on The John Byner Comedy Hour, a 1972 television series. The character later became a regular on the 1980 television series Bizarre, also hosted by Byner, and was a frequent guest on Late Night with David Letterman. On Late Night, besides showing clips of his ill-fated stunts, Super Dave would often tell long semi-crude jokes, usually "written" by someone else. In 1987, Einstein got his own variety show named Super Dave, which ran from 1987 to 1991 on the Global Television Network in Canada (where the show was produced at the network's Toronto studio) and Showtime in the United States. In 1992, an animated series Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire aired on Fox. Einstein later extended the "Super Dave" franchise by starring in the 2000 movie The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave.
On the November 12, 2009, airing of TNA Impact!, he was the booker and host of the night. He made Super Dave's Spike Tacular, a four-episode sketch series on Spike TV reprising his Super Dave character, once again engaging in outrageous stunts.
Einstein had recurring roles as Marty Funkhouser in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Larry Middleman in the third season of Arrested Development. He was also featured on the Comedy Central show Crank Yankers as obnoxious district selectman Tony Deloge. Einstein was also on The Man Show where he did Century Club with Adam and Jimmy. In Ocean's Thirteen he played Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon)'s father, Robert "Bobby" Caldwell, a master robber and con artist whose day job is an FBI agent.
Einstein appeared on the second season of Anger Management as Charlie Goodson's very angry neighbor, and his character in the show instantly got an unflattering nickname based on a feminine hygiene product.
In the 2010s, Einstein was a frequent guest on the popular sports talk radio program The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. Einstein called in as a "Celebrity Prognosticator" to give his thoughts on sports and various other topics. However, Einstein had refused to participate later on due to the show's mysterious bad luck with losing guests to death, shortly after appearing on the program.
Einstein died on January 2, 2019, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 76.
|1972||Get to Know Your Rabbit||Police Officer|
|1972||Another Nice Mess||Agent Nussbaum|
|1981||Modern Romance||Sporting Goods Salesman|
|2000||The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave||Super Dave Osborne|
|2002||Teddy Bears' Picnic||Dom Molinari|
|2007||Ocean's Thirteen||Robert "Bobby" Caldwell|
|1967–1969||The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour||Officer Judy|
|1970||Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour||Officer Judy / Bobby / The Rat / Gentle Bear / Moose / Indiana Joe|
|1972||The John Byner Comedy Hour||Super Dave Osborne||First appearance of the Super Dave Osborne character|
|1976||Van Dyke and Company||Super Dave Osborne|
|1977||The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour||Super Dave Osborne|
|1980– 1985||Bizarre||Super Dave Osborne|
|1989||The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson||Super Dave Osborne||Episode: "Super Dave/Park Overall/Mark Schiff" (aired February 10, 1989)|
|1980||Late Night with David Letterman||Super Dave Osborne||Recurring guest|
|1987–1991||Super Dave||Super Dave Osborne||Also writer|
|1992||Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire||Super Dave Osborne|
|1993||In Living Color||Super Dave Osborne|
|1994–1995||WWE Monday Night RAW||Super Dave Osborne|
|1995||Super Dave's Vegas Spectacular||Super Dave Osborne|
|1997||Super Dave's All Stars||Super Dave Osborne|
|1997||Roseanne||Howard Morton||Episode: "The Truth Be Told" (aired March 18, 1997)|
|1998–2004||Hollywood Squares||Super Dave Osborne||Recurring guest|
|1999||The Norm Show||Al||Episode: "Norm Pimps Wiener Dog" (aired September 29, 1999)|
|2002–2003||Crank Yankers||Tony DeLoge/Bob Carlman||Seasons 1 (episode 1, 6, 8, 10) through 2 (episodes 4, 8, 15, 18)|
|2003||The Man Show||Super Dave Osborne||Episode: "Jimmy Asks Women 'What Do You Weigh?'" (aired March 9, 2003)|
|2004–2017||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Marty Funkhouser||Season 4 ("The Weatherman") through Season 9 (final appearance)|
|2005–2006||Arrested Development||Larry Middleman||Season 3, Episode 3 ("Forget Me Now") (2005)|
Season 3, Episode 4 ("Notapusy") (2005)
Season 3, Episode 5 ("Mr. F.") (2005)
Season 3, Episode 6 ("The Ocean Walker") (2005)
Season 3, Episode 9 ("S.O.B.s") (2006)
|2008||Welcome to the Captain||Mickey Tittle|
|2009||Super Dave's Spike-Tacular||Super Dave Osborne||Episode: "Mr. Big Meeting" (aired March 3, 2008)|
|2009||The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien||Super Dave Osborne||November 11, 2009|
|2009||TNA Impact!||Super Dave Osborne / Host / Booker|
|2010–2012||The Life & Times of Tim||Elephant Trainer / The Bookie||2 episodes|
|2013||Anger Management||Hoffler||Episode: "Charlie and Lacey Piss Off the Neighborhood" (aired April 18, 2013)|
|2013||Norm Macdonald Live||Super Dave Osborne||March 26, 2013|
|2012–2017||Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee||Himself||2 episodes|
- Bob Einstein's death notice on Chapman University Athletics' Instagram account. Retrieved January 9, 2019
- "Bob Einstein's website biography page". Archived from the original on 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
- The Forgotten Murray Roman WFMU's Beware of the Blog.
- Sandomir, Richard (January 2, 2019). "Bob Einstein, a.k.a. Super Dave Osborne and Larry David Pal, Dies at 76". The New York Times.
- IMDb entry for Nagging Blonde/Tim and the Elephant
- IMDb entry for The Well Dressed Snitch/Pray for the Jets
- "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee". Archived from the original on 2015-12-31. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
- Pedersen, Erik (January 2, 2019). "Bob Einstein Dies: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Actor Who Created Super Dave Osborne Character Was 76". Deadline. Retrieved January 2, 2019.