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The Bob Newhart Show

Bob Newhart

Dr. Robert Hartley

One of the greatest and most understated comedians in TV history, Bob Newhart's highbrow yet low-key style has earned him a large following among both critics and viewers.

Newhart began performing his unique brand of comedy in 1960 on The Jack Paar Show. Other programs like The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show and The Garry Moore Show provided Newhart with most of his early airtime. Then came the first manifestation of a Bob Newhart show — The Bob Newhart Show, which ran from 1961 to 1962. Newhart's next TV job came in 1964 on The Entertainers. Though the show took off and crashed the same year, Newhart continued working on variety shows. In 1972, the second and most famous Bob Newhart Show began its run and aired until 1978.br>

The next series Newhart enjoyed similar success. As Vermont inn manager Dick Loudon, Newhart left the over-the-top antics to guests, employees and locals, while he kept one eyebrow raised in quiet befuddlement. Newhart ran until 1990 and was followed by a short-lived series, Bob. He has since appeared in the films In & Out, Elf and Legally Blonde 2, and has continued to work in TV, guest-starring on ER and Murphy Brown.

Character Bio

Dr. Robert Hartley didn't plan to go into psychology until his early 20s, when his foray into the arts failed. During the Korean War, Hartley's masterful drumming with the 193rd Combat Support Orchestra earned him the award "Best Wrists South of the 38th Parallel." After the war, he went to New York to audition for the Buddy Rich Orchestra. With the simple words "You stink, man," Rich devastated the young drummer. Hartley then enrolled in college to study psychology.

Along with his wife Emily, he inhabits Apartment 523 in a Chicago high-rise owned by the Skyline Management Corporation. He runs his practice in the Rampo Medical Arts Building, also in Chicago. When he's not busy with group therapy or attending his alma mater's ballgames, Hartley enjoys watching sports on TV.