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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.

Bob Einstein
Einstein smiling
Einstein in the unsold television pilot "Three for Tahiti", 1970
Born
Stewart Robert Einstein

(1942-11-20)November 20, 1942
DiedJanuary 2, 2019(2019-01-02) (aged 76)
Alma materChapman University[1]
OccupationActor, comedy writer, producer
Years active1967–2017
Parent(s)Harry Einstein
Thelma Leeds
RelativesAlbert Brooks (brother)
Charles Einstein (half-brother)
Websitewww.bobeinstein.com

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 the son of radio comedian Harry Einstein, and the older brother of fellow actor and comedian Albert Brooks.

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BackgroundEdit

Einstein was born in 1942 in Los Angeles, to a Jewish family.[2] 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. 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.[1]

CareerEdit

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.[3] 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".[4]

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[citation needed] 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.

Other rolesEdit

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.

Einstein voiced two characters from The Life & Times of Tim, playing the Elephant Trainer in Tim & the Elephant in the second season, and the bookie in Pray for the Jets in the third.[5][6]

Einstein was the first comedian to appear twice on Jerry Seinfeld's Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.[7]

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.[citation needed]

DeathEdit

Einstein died on January 2, 2019, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. [8] He was 76.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
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
2010 Shit Year Rick
2015 Strange Magic Stuff Voice

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
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 Season 28, Episode 17, "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 In Season 9, Episode 21, "The Truth Be Told" (aired March 18, 1997)
1998-2004 Hollywood Squares Super Dave Osborne Recurring guest
1999 The Norm Show Al In Season 2, Episode 2, "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 In Season 4, Episode 14, "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 In Season 1, Episode 5, "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 As Elephant Trainer in Season 2, Episode 7, "Nagging Blonde/Tim and the Elephant (2010)" and The Bookie in Season 3, Episode 9, "The Well Dressed Snitch/Pray for the Jets" (2012)
2013 Anger Management Hoffler Appears in Season 2, Episode 13, "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 In Season 1, Episode 6, "Unusable on the Internet" (aired August 30, 2012) and Season 9, Episode 6, "It's Not So Funny When It's Your Mother" (aired February 9, 2017)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Bob Einstein's death notice on Chapman University Athletics' Instagram account. Retrieved January 9, 2019
  2. ^ Bob Einstein's website biography page
  3. ^ The Forgotten Murray Roman WFMU's Beware of the Blog.
  4. ^ Sandomir, Richard (January 2, 2019). "Bob Einstein, a.k.a. Super Dave Osborne and Larry David Pal, Dies at 76". The New York Times.
  5. ^ IMDb entry for Nagging Blonde/Tim and the Elephant
  6. ^ IMDb entry for The Well Dressed Snitch/Pray for the Jets
  7. ^ Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  8. ^ 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.

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