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.
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.