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The Bob Newhart Show

Peter Bonerz

Dr. Jerry Robinson

Peter Bonerz hails from Portsmouth, NH. He began his long and successful career as a stand-up comic in New York City. He has guest starred on many television programs including The Addams Family, Hawaii Five-O, Sanford and Son and Murder, She Wrote. Bonerz's film credits include the classic Catch-22 and more recently, Man on the Moon.

Not just an actor, Bonerz has directed episodes of many series including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Archie Bunker's Place, Maggie Briggs (starring Bob Newhart Show alum Suzanne Pleshette), Wings, ER, Friends and NewsRadio, as well as 29 episodes of The Bob Newhart Show.

Bonerz received the Directors Guild of America Award for an episode of Murphy Brown ("Uh Oh, Part 2") and was nominated for an Emmy Award as best director for a different episode of Murphy Brown ("You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato"). In addition to his acting and directing, Bonerz teaches television and film direction at UCLA Extension University. In 2000 he appeared on the short-lived series Three Sisters. He has become a prolific television director, working on episodes of such series as Just Shoot Me, What I Like About You and Joey.

Character Bio

Contrary to popular belief, Dr. Jerry Robinson is NOT a dentist. He is a pediatric orthodontist. When he isn't directing kids to the "spit sink" or chasing a skirt-clad beauty, Jerry can usually be found at sporting events or searching for his birth parents – at one point he even puts an ad in the newspaper seeking his real mom. Jerry is one of Bob's closest friends and they frequently advise each other, with hilarious results. Though an orphan, he does have a younger brother/rival, Dr. Greg Robinson.