Bob Einstein

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Actor • Comedian • Writer • Producer • Stunt Performer

Birth Date: November 20, 1942

Death Date: January 2, 2019

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California

Siblings: Albert Brooks

Perhaps best known as the untalented stuntman Super Dave Osborne, comedic actor Bob Einstein was born in Los Angeles in 1942 to comedian Harry Einstein and actor Thelma Leeds. After tragically losing his father to a heart attack at age 16, Einstein was so upset in his state of grief that he hated the jokes the other comedians told at the funeral as part of his father's roast comedy tradition. The young Einstein swore he would never become involved in comedy himself, but his feelings both about comedy and about the affection intended by his father's peers would change over time. He graduated from Chapman University and briefly worked in advertising until he made an appearance on a friend's Channel 11 sketch comedy show as the man who engraves the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Einstein's straight-faced performance caught the attention of comedian Tom Smothers, who appreciated Einstein's comedic style and invited him to write on his series, "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS, 1967-69). Einstein would also regularly appear on the show as recurring character Officer Judy, and his talents were so valued that he moved directly on from the series to write and appear on "Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour" (ABC, 1970-71), and then "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" (CBS, 1971-74). Einstein would debut the character of Super Dave on "The John Byner Comedy Hour" (CBS, 1972), but the character began to garner a following when Einstein was given his own sketch series, "Bizarre" (Showtime, 1980-85), his own variety show, "Super Dave" (Showtime, 1987-1991), and then his own animated series, "Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire" (Fox, 1992). The character found an even brighter spotlight as a regular on "The Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS, 1993-2015) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (ABC, 2003-). However, Einstein continued to channel his creative energy into non-Super Dave related projects as well, memorably appearing as fan favorite Larry the "surrogate" on the acclaimed series "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-) and playing Marty Funkhouser on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000-). Bob Einstein passed away in January 2019. He was 76 years old.

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Strange Magic

Voice
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Movie
2015

I Am Evel KnievelStream

Actor
Movie
2014

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shots

Actor
Show
2014

Tom Green Live

Guest
Show
2013

When Jews Were Funny

Actor
Movie
2013

Comedians in Cars Getting CoffeeStream

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Talk
2012

Anger ManagementStream

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Hoffler
Series
2012

Inside Comedy

Actor
Docuseries
2012

S... Year

Actor
Rick
Movie
2010

Super Dave's Spike-Tacular

Actor
Super Dave Osborne
Show
2009

Super Dave's Spike-Tacular

Self
Show
2009

The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien

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Talk
2009

Welcome to the Captain

Guest Star
Show
2008

Arrested DevelopmentStream

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Larry
Series
2003
75%

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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Talk
2003

Crank YankersStream

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Bob Carlman
Series
2002

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Actor
Dom Molinari
Movie
2002

Curb Your EnthusiasmStream

Guest Star
Marty Funkhouser
Series
2000
92%

The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave

Actor
Super Dave Osborne
Movie
2000

The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave

Executive Producer
Movie
2000

The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave

Writer
Movie
2000

Norm

Guest Star
Series
1999
67%

RoseanneStream

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Howard Morton, president of ABX
Series
1988
76%

Super Dave

Actor
Super Dave Osborne
Show
1987

Super Dave

Creator
Show
1987

Super Dave

Executive Producer
Show
1987

Modern Romance

Actor
Sporting Goods Salesman
Movie
1981

Dick Van Dyke & Company

Guest
Show
1976

Another Nice Mess

Actor
Movie
1972

Another Nice Mess

Director
Movie
1972

Another Nice Mess

Screenwriter
Movie
1972

Andy's Love Concert

Self
Movie
1969

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