Bob Newhart has had a career that has spanned 50 years, several successful television series, 14 feature films and millions of albums sold worldwide. He began his career in a quite unassuming fashion while working as an accountant. Bored with his job, Newhart began to improvise comedy routines with a friend, which led to voiceovers and commercials. Soon after, he recorded the comedy album, “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart,” which became the first comedy album to go to #1 on the charts. He was an immediate success in nightclubs and stages all over America. Seven more albums followed, three of which earned him Grammy Awards.
Newhart earned an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his work on the “Bob Newhart Variety Show,” which was followed by the successful “The Bob Newhart Show” (1972–1978) and “Newhart” (1982–1990). His other television credits include “Desperate Housewives,” “NCIS,” “The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice,” “The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines,” “The Librarian: Quest for the Spear” and “ER,” for which he received an Emmy nomination. PBS also featured Newhart in a one-hour “American Masters” presentation. Newhart’s DVD, “Button Down Concert,” based on his classic routines, was released in 2006. He also hosted “The Tonight Show” an astonishing 87 times.
Newhart has appeared in more than 14 feature films, including “Horrible Bosses,” “Elf,” “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde,” “Catch-22” and “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.” He has also provided character voices for animated films.
Newhart’s first book, “I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This,” became a New York Times Best Seller. He is the recipient of many honors, including the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, presented by the Kennedy Center, and a designation as an “American Master” by PBS. Newhart was also inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame.
Newhart currently resides in Bel Air, California, with his wife, Virginia. They have four children, Rob, Tim, Jennifer and Courtney.
Directed by Jennifer Aniston, written by Wendy West, and told in a series of humorous and dramatic flashbacks, "Mia" is a survivor’s tale that highlights all of the highs and lows of Mia’s (Patricia Clarkson) two-year journey from diagnosis with breast cancer. During it, she gives away all of her worldly possessions, holds a hilarious mock funeral while still alive and enters into a second marriage to Mitch (Tony Shalhoub), the new love of her life. "Mia" also features Kathy Najimy as Mia’s friend “Rocky.”