Bob Einstein

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Bob Einstein
Bob Einstein Steve Franken Robert Hogan 1970.JPG
Einstein (left), Steve Franken, and Robert Hogan in an unsold television pilot, 1970
Born (1942-11-20) November 20, 1942 (age 73)
Los Angeles, California

Stewart Robert Einstein (born November 20, 1942), known professionally as Bob Einstein and Super Dave Osborne, is an American actor and comedy writer.

Life and career[edit]

Einstein was born in Los Angeles in 1942.[1][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.

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.

His Super Dave Osborne character first made an appearance on The John Byner Comedy Hour, a 1972 TV series, was a regular on the 1980 TV series Bizarre, and was a frequent guest on Late Night with David Letterman. 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 U.S. 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.

Following his Super Dave success, he 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 as an FBI agent.

On the November 12, 2009, edition of TNA Impact!, he was the booker of the night. He has made a four-episode sketch series Super Dave's Spike Tacular on Spike TV, reprising his Super Dave character, once again engaging in outrageous stunts.

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 has 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.[4][5]


  1. ^ Bob Einstein's website biography page
  2. ^ IMDb entry for Bob Einstein
  3. ^ The Forgotten Murray Roman WFMU's Beware of the Blog.
  4. ^ IMDb entry for Nagging Blonde/Tim and the Elephant
  5. ^ IMDb entry for The Well Dressed Snitch/Pray for the Jets

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