Award winning Comedic actor and writer Bob Einstein died January 2 after a short battle with cancer in his Indian Wells, California home at the age of 76.
Einstein is best now for his appearances on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and his creation of the character Super Dave Osborne – a bumbling stuntman whose adventures often went awry.
Before stepping out from behind the camera, Einstein was known as a comedy writer whose credits include The Smothers Brothers, Andy Williams, Pat Paulsen, Sonny and Cher, Dick Van Dyke, Redd Foxx, and himself as Super Dave.
He made his acting debut in 1968 as Officer Judy on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”. His other acting credits include “Pat Paulsen’s Half a Comedy Hour”, “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour”, “Another Nice Mess”, “Modern Romance”, various Super Dave incarnations including “Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire”, “Roseanne”, “Teddy Bear’s Picnic”, “Crank Yankers”, “Arrested Development”, “Ocean’s Thirteen”, and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.
Einstein also served as a producer and executive producer on “Joey & Dad”, “Van Dyke and Company”, “Lola!”, “Redd Foxx” and “The Redd Foxx Special”, “Bizarre”, and the various incarnations o Super Dave.
Appearing as himself, Einstein first appeared on “The Smother Brothers Comedy Hour” in 1967 and went on to appear on variety shows, award shows, game shows, late night talk shows, documentaries, and as Super Dave on the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telefon.
Coming from a show business family, he was born Stewart Robert Einstein on November 20, 1942 in Los Angeles. At six foot four, Einstein payed basketball while attending Chapman University.
He won an Emmy Award for his comedic writing on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”.
He is survived by his second wife Roberta, daughter Erin, brothers Albert and Clifford, and two grandchildren.
Feature photo credit: By ABC Television – eBay itemphoto frontphoto back, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66317192