The comedy world is reeling from the loss of Bob Einstein, who died Wednesday at the age of 76 following a cancer diagnosis.
Einstein was known to generations of TV audiences, thanks to the scripts he wrote for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the ’60s, the Super Dave Osborne character he created and played in the ’80s and ’90s, and the character of Marty Funkhauser he portrayed on Curb Your Enthusiasm on both the original edition and the reboot. He also made notable appearances on the original Arrested Development.
Curb Your Enthusiasm producer, writer and star Larry David gave a kind statement about his friend: “Never have I seen an actor enjoy a role the way Bob did playing ‘Marty Funkhouser’ on ‘Curb.'” It was an amazing, unforgettable experience knowing and working with him. There was no one like him, as he told us again and again. We’re all in a state of shock.”
Einstein was the older brother of director, writer and actor Albert Brooks — one of the many who remembered him on social media following the sad news.
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.
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
— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) January 2, 2019
— Cheryl Hines (@CherylHines) January 2, 2019
Rest n Peace Bob Einstein. Had the honor of working with you. Loved your wit, charm, n subversive humour. Your spirit will be missed in this world. 🙏🏾
— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) January 2, 2019
Whenever Bob Einstein was on Letterman as “Super Dave” it was un-missable. No one was more confident with the long payoff. A genius panel guest. Look how excited Dave is to have him on: https://t.co/WELSE0ZH8B
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 2, 2019
— David Mandel (@DavidHMandel) January 2, 2019
So sad when we lose the originals. Pure comic genius. I never met Bob Einstein but I was always jealous of everything he did and every hilarious subtle choice he made. Thanks for never NOT making me laugh. #RIPBobEinstein https://t.co/C7VD27S8gM
— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) January 2, 2019
I loved Super Dave Osborne.
RIP Bob Einstein
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) January 2, 2019
Very sad news about the brilliantly funny Bob Einstein. I first saw him in “Modern Romance” and was hooked. Love and healing thoughts to @AlbertBrooks and his family.
“I misjudged you, I”m not perfect.”
— Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) January 2, 2019
Super Dave has died. No one ever made me laugh harder than Bob Einstein. RIP
— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) January 2, 2019
His name was Bob Einstein, but we all called him Supe. Super Dave was a great friend and the master of a joke you could see coming for miles that still killed when it arrived. I will miss him https://t.co/JRkMp8XkCJ
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) January 2, 2019
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