Bob Einstein, a two-time Emmy winner who has recurred on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” since its launch and created the wacky Tremendous Dave Osborne character, died Wednesday in Indian Wells, CA. He was 76 and just lately had been recognized with most cancers.
Finest recognized to in the present day’s viewers for taking part in the intense, typically surly however all the time hilarious Marty Funkhouser on “Curb,” Einstein was a foil for its creator-star Larry David. He appeared in almost two dozen episodes of the collection relationship from 2004 to the newest season.
Einstein’s youthful brother, actor-director Albert Brooks, tweeted on Wednesday, “R.I.P. My expensive brother Bob Einstein. A terrific brother, father and husband. A brilliantly humorous man. You may be missed eternally.”
Einstein first made his title as a author. His profession dates to the 1960s, when he gained his first Emmy as a part of the writing crew for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” whose workers additionally included Steve Martin. Einstein, who additionally appeared on the present, went on to earn Emmy noms as a author for “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” in 1972 and 1974 and two extra for writing on Dick Van Dyke’s mid-’70s collection “Van Dyke and Firm.” Einstein gained his different Emmy as a producer for the collection, sharing the 1977 award for Excellent Comedy Sequence.
He was born Stewart Robert Einstein on November 20, 1942, in Los Angeles. Mom Thelma Leeds was an actress, and father Harry Einstein (aka Parkyakarkus) was a comic book, author and actor. When Milton Berle and different comics instructed jokes at his father’s 1958 funeral, the teenage Einstein determined he would by no means go into comedy.
As a substitute, he went to school and performed basketball at Chapman College after which pursued a profession in promoting. However when he did a TV efficiency on a neighborhood cable present for a good friend, pretending to be the person who put in the celebrities on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame, it caught the attention of Tom Smothers. After Smothers invited the 26-year-old to the set, Einstein recalled the way it reworked his life. “I’m going over and now I’m sitting and watching rehearsals and my thoughts is burning and unexpectedly out of nowhere I need this, a bee has stung me within the again, and I need this.”
Einstein’s most memorable character on the Smothers Brothers present, Officer Judy, famously gave Liberace a dashing ticket for taking part in the piano too quick in a 1969 episode. “Tom Smothers made our life by giving us that,” Einstein stated in 2017.
He government produced, wrote and appeared because the bumbling Tremendous Dave Osborne on quite a few exhibits together with the sketch comedy present Weird from 1979-85, on the self-titled Tremendous Dave from 1987-91 on Showtime and most just lately in 2009 on “Tremendous Dave’s SpikeTacular,” all of which he produced together with his longtime skilled associate, Allan Blye. From falling off Toronto’s CN Tower to being crushed by a wrecking ball to being swept off the highest of a bus whereas singing “King of the Street,” Tremendous Dave failed on each pre-Jackass” stunt.
Maybe his biggest stunt, nonetheless, was having a case towards him almost make it to the U.S. Supreme Court docket. A Polish group objected to an look on “The Dick Cavett Present” in 1972, when Einstein posed because the president of a faux Polish Defamation League and instructed a collection of offensive jokes. 4 years later, the excessive court docket refused to listen to the case, denying the request for an on-air rebuttal.
Einstein additionally was a visitor on quite a few late-night and comedy exhibits spanning a half-century, starting from “The Steve Allen Present” and “Late Night time with David Letterman” to “Jimmy Kimmel Reside!” and “Hollywood Squares.” He additionally appeared on “The Tonight Present” with hosts Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien and is the one visitor to look twice on Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Automobiles Getting Espresso.”
Together with Brooks, Einstein is survived by Roberta Einstein, his spouse of over 40 years; daughter Erin Einstein Dale; son-in-law Andrew Dale; grandchildren Ethan and Zoe. He’s additionally survived by his older brother, retired promoting government Cliff Einstein.
Donations will be made in Einstein’s reminiscence to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.