Bob Einstein has passed away after a short battle with cancer. He was 76-years old. The comedian/writer/actor died at his home in Indian Wells, California and the comedy world is mourning his passing. His brother, comedian and actor Albert Brooks confirmed his death on social media this morning with a brief tribute. He had this to say.
"R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever."
Bob Einstein began his career in the 1960s as a writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, which is where he earned his first Emmy. Einstein also worked on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour in 1972 and 1974 along with Dick Van Dyke's series Van Dyke and Company in the mid-1970s. The comedian/writer/actor was nominated several more times for his writing work and then won his other Emmy as a producer for the series for Van Dyke and Company in 1977. In the 1980s, he decided to resurrect a character that he first introduced for an appearance on The John Byner Comedy Hour in 1972.
Super Dave Osborne was brought back in 1980 for a set of appearances on the television series Bizarre, which was also hosted by John Byner, in addition to several appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. All of this led to Bob Einstein landing his own variety show in 1987 simply called Super Dave. The character did wacky stunts and appeared in several commercials during this time and later got his own animated series Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire in 1992. Super Dave was an exaggerated, but naive stuntman who always seemed to get injured, no matter what.
Bob Einstein resurrected Super Dave again for the 2000 movie, The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave and then again in 2009 for TNA Impact! Wrestling. Super Dave had a big cult following throughout the years, which will continue to live on. Einstein also appeared on Season 3 of Arrested Development as the popular Larry Middleman character and had small roles in Anger Management and played Matt Damon's dad in Ocean's Thirteen as Linus Caldwell. Einstein appeared on Crank Yankers and The Man Show during this time.
Since 2004, Bob Einstein has had a recurring role on Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm as the popular Marty Funkhouser. The character has a pretty memorable first meeting with Jerry Seinfeld on the show where he tells the comedian a bizarre and off-color joke, which gets a nervous laugh out of Seinfeld and ultimately his approval as he tells David that he "likes that guy." He is known as one of David's oldest closest friends on the show, which mirrors their real-life friendship off screen. It's unclear if Einstein will appear as Marty Funkhouser on the upcoming Season 10 of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which started filming in October of 2018. The news of Bob Einstein's death was first announced by Albert Brooks' Twitter account. Rest In Peace, Bob Einstein.
R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) January 2, 2019
I’m in shock.— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) January 2, 2019
I knew him forever. ♥️to his loved ones. His long career is hard to match. His role on #curbyourenthusiasm was excruciatingly brilliant! Our cast and crew will be devastated.
He was so loved. He told me how much he loved LD and Curb. RIP buddy. @HBO pic.twitter.com/G8f5PoffuF
Marty Funkhouser is one of my favorite comedic characters ever.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) January 2, 2019
RIP, Bob Einstein.
Larry, Jeff and Bob (as Marty Funkhouser) at “Ali-Babba’s Chicken” is an underrated, iconic TV moment.— Adam (@Khanoisseur) January 2, 2019
RIP Bob Einstein, improvisational genius. https://t.co/6rzhynB11j
RIP Bob Einstein, best known for his role as Marty Funkhouser on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and Super Dave Osborne. Thanks for the laughs! pic.twitter.com/EH2cDhD7Yg— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) January 2, 2019
Bob Einstein had a remarkable and unique career in comedy. He’ll be missed. pic.twitter.com/g2FSmMCHSg— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) January 2, 2019
If you grew up in the late '80s/early '90s, Bob Einstein's Super Dave Osborne and his over-the-top physical comedy was the stuff of genius, even if you didn't know who Evel Knievel was.— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) January 2, 2019
Marty Funkhauser was great, but he'll always be Super Dave to me. RIP. pic.twitter.com/FLloXhs7i1
A classic Bob Einstein joke: pic.twitter.com/aNfRRPILwh— Patch Zircher (@PatrickZircher) January 2, 2019
The running store scene in “Modern Romance” is just too great. Albert Brooks with his brother, Bob Einstein. Rest In Peace Bob. https://t.co/cS2T6wr3Wl— Richard Roeper (@RichardERoeper) January 2, 2019
RIP bob einstein. long live super dave and marty funkhouser. when i was a wee lad, he taught me that my comedy tastes were a little weird :) pic.twitter.com/yr7UjpqGHL— Cary Brothers (@carybrothers) January 2, 2019
Rest in peace to "Super Dave" Bob Einstein, who had some of the best scenes with Larry David as Marty Funkhouser in Curb Your Enthusiasm. Gonna have to re-watch some of them tonight. pic.twitter.com/P48DHJrbmS— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) January 2, 2019
Goodbye Bob Einstein (aka Marty Funkhouser) and thank you for this joke. "I like that guy." pic.twitter.com/dmOJDx4CT4— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) January 2, 2019
Bob Einstein was so damn funny. Marty Funkhauser and Super Dave Osborne were two amazing characters. RIP to a comedy great. pic.twitter.com/hIsaivLEnx— John Cohen (@JohnCohen1) January 2, 2019
Oh man...Bob Einstein, who many of you know as Marty Funkhauser on Curb Your Enthusiasm, has died at 76 pic.twitter.com/ThGj1bvxSy— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 2, 2019
One of the first comedians I met when I got to L.A.— Marsha Warfield (@MarshaWarfield) January 2, 2019
May he rest in peace: https://t.co/oM2ctXFKRe
More sad news as another legend has passed. My Dad used to let me watch BIZARRE & I was always so excited for Super Dave Osborne's Segments. My TV dad, Larry David, had hilarious scenes with Marty Funkhouser in Curb. We even interviewed him back around 2010. RIP Bob Einstein 🙏 pic.twitter.com/TSGWzxVpP3— Todd M Shapiro (@iamToddyTickles) January 2, 2019