Bob Einstein – A Tribute to the Late Writer and Performer
Bob Einstein, best known for writing Evil Knievel and playing Marty Funkhouser on Curb Your Enthusiasm as well as creating two Emmy winning parody stuntman parodies, died Wednesday (January 2nd) aged 76 due to cancer complications. He won two Emmy awards.
He first made his mark as a writer for classic television variety shows such as the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and Andy Williams Magic Lantern Show, before branching out into Van Dyke & Company and the Canadian sketch comedy series Bizarre.
Early Life and Education
Bob Einstein was an esteemed parody essayist and performer who won two Emmy awards – an immensely gifted jokester with great comedic timing. A film tribute will honor his legacy.
Stewart Robert Einstein was born in Los Angeles on November 20, 1942 to actor Harry Einstein (Parkyakarkus in Thelma Leeds’ play) and actress Thelma Leeds. After graduating Chapman University he initially pursued advertising before transitioning into local TV where Tommy Smothers noticed him while watching an episode and offered him writing duties for their Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour program.
He then created Super Dave Osborne, and appeared in numerous shows, such as Curb Your Enthusiasm. Roberta survived him along with daughter Erin Einstein Dale and Andrew Dale (his son-in-law and grandsons Ethan and Zoe respectively).
Stewart Robert “Bob” Einstein was born in Los Angeles on November 20, 1942 to actress-singer Thelma Leeds and actor/comic Harry Einstein, better known by his stage name Parkyakarkus. At his father’s funeral in 1958 Milton Berle and other comics made fun of him for laughing during their eulogies; but after attending Chapman University and working in advertising he took up writing again until Tommy Smothers saw him pretending to install stars on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame and offered him writing duties for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour!
Writer for various variety shows before creating Super Dave Osborne as an evil-knievel parody and guest spot on Late Night With David Letterman as well as his own show on Showtime. Additionally, Fox animated series Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire was created based on this character; later followed by 2000 movie called The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave.
Achievement and Honors
Alongside her many achievements, she has received two honorary doctorate degrees and fellowships at various academic institutions. Furthermore, she has written multiple books as well as acting as an adviser for various scientific programs.
Einstein became an instant celebrity and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics with his discovery of the photoelectric effect, earning him instant celebrity status and eventually the Nobel Prize. His theory of relativity, which helped explain numerous physical phenomena, was first published in 1905.
Bob Einstein, an Emmy award-winning comedian and two-time Emmy winner, passed away from cancer at his Indian Wells home on January 2, 2019 at age 76. He leaves behind his wife Roberta Einstein, daughter Erin Einstein Dale with husband Andrew Dale as her spouse as well as grandchildren Ethan and Zoe who he frequently appeared as Marty Funkhouser on Curb Your Enthusiasm as well as films such as Ocean’s Thirteen and Modern Romance.
Roberta Einstein is said to be living a content and happy life these days as she rarely makes appearances on social media.
He was 76. His death was tragic but will be greatly missed by his wife of over four decades, daughter Erin Einstein Dale and husband Andrew Dale; as well as grandchildren Ethan and Zoe. Additionally he leaves an older brother named Cliff Einstein who works in advertising.
Einstein made his mark as a writer during the 1960s, earning an Emmy for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour alongside fellow writer and future comedy star Steve Martin. Later he went on to pen scripts for comedy-variety shows including John Byner Comedy Hour, Sonny and Cher show, Van Dyke and Company by Dick Van Dyke and later created parody stuntman character Super Dave Osborne.
Stewart Robert “Bob” Einstein, an Emmy Award-winning writer and actor best known for creating parody stuntman Super Dave Osborne, died January 2, 2019 after battling cancer. Einstein made many television and movie appearances – such as Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and Ocean’s Thirteen – as well as appearing in multiple roles such as Arrested Development.
Bob and Roberta had been married for over 40 years. Together they raised one daughter: Erin Einstein Dale is married to Andrew Dale and has two children Ethan and Zoe.
This couple resided in Beverly Hills, California. They owned a large home worth an estimated $5 million in Beverly Hills as well as vacation property in Palm Desert. Reportedly they were very happy in their life together.