Bob Newhart Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Wife

Bob Newhart Net Worth

Bob Newhart has an estimated net worth of $70 million. George Robert Newhart is an American actor and comedian known for his dry, stuttering delivery style. Over the years, he has earned millions from his album sales, movies, and television shows. The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, his album of comedic monologues, was a bestseller and reached number one on the Billboard Pop Album chart; it remains the 20th best-selling comedy album in history.

The follow-up album, The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!, was also a success, and the two albums simultaneously ranked first and second on the Billboard charts.

Bob later became an actor, playing Chicago psychologist Robert Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show in the 1970s and Vermont innkeeper Dick Loudon on the series Newhart in the 1980s. 

In addition to Bob and George and Leo, he also starred in two short-lived sitcoms in the 1990s. Newhart has appeared in films such as Catch-22 and Elf as Major Major and Papa Elf, respectively. 

He was the voice of Bernard in the Disney animated films The Saviours and The Saviours of Down Under. In 2004 he played Judson in The Librarian, a role he continued in The Librarians in 2014. 

On September 15, 2013, Newhart received his first Primetime Emmy Award for the role of Professor Proton in The Big Bang Theory.

To calculate the net worth of Bob Newhart, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets.

All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities. 

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Bob Newhart
Net Worth: $70 Million
Monthly Salary: $500 Thousand
Annual Income: $10 Million
Source of Wealth: Actor, Musician, Screenwriter, Comedian, Accountant, Copywriter, Stand-up comedian, Voice Actor

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Early Life

On September 5, 1929, Bob Newhart was born in Austin, Chicago, Illinois to Julia Pauline and George David Newhart. His father was a partner in a plumbing and heating supply company.

He was descended from Irish, German, and English ancestors. He was educated as a Roman Catholic at St Catherine of Siena Grammar School and St Ignatius College Prep School. In high school, he changed his name to Bob.

After finishing high school in 1947, he enrolled at Loyola University of Chicago to pursue a degree in business management. In 1952, he graduated from the same.


He served in the US Army as a personnel manager in the Korean War for two years after graduation. After being relieved of his duties in 1954, he worked as an accountant and, later, as an advertising copy editor. He enjoyed writing comedy sketches for radio.

During his time at the ad agency, he would make long phone calls to his coworker, Ed Gallagher, and entertain each other. Later, they began recording these calls and using them as audition tapes for comedy work.

Though Gallagher lost interest in the project over time, he kept recording and developed a lingo that he carried with him for the rest of his life. In 1959, a disc jockey heard his audition tape and officially introduced him to Warner Bros Records talent head.

His impressive comic timing and skill with words landed him a contract with the production company. He was basically tasked with turning his recorded material into a stand-up routine.

Bob Newhart quickly became famous for his audio releases portraying him as the world’s first solo’straight man.’ His primary goal was to portray one side of a conversation.

He mostly used intentional stammering in his act, smoothly clubbing it with politeness and disbelief of what he was hearing. The unusual combination caused the audience to burst out laughing every time he delivered one of his jokes.

A year later, he was so well-known that he released his own debut album, ‘The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart.’ Though it was too soon for him to release his own album, the risk paid off because the audience was blown away by his unique storytelling style and ability to match comedian sensibility in absurd situations.

Button-Down became the first comedy album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart in 1960, quickly surpassing Elvis Presley’s ‘The Sound of Music.’ Both commercially and critically, the album was well received. It peaked at No. 2 on the UK Album Chart.

Following the phenomenal success and overwhelming response to his debut album, Bob Newhart released his second album, titled ‘The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back,’ in just a few days. This album, too, received a positive response.

In 1961, he expanded his career by debuting on television with NBC in his own stand-up show, ‘The Bob Newhart Show.’ Despite the fact that the show only lasted one season, it received positive feedback, earning him an Emmy nomination.

In 1961, he added another Button-Down follow-up, ‘Behind the Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart,’ bringing his total comedy album count to two. He released ‘The Button-Down Mind on TV’ the following year.

He released three more albums toward the end of the 1960s decade, including ‘Bob Newhart Faces Bob Newhart,’ ‘The Windmills Are Weakening,’ and ‘This Is It.’ He also appeared as a guest on several television shows, including ‘The Dean Martin Show,’ ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ and ‘The Judy Garland Show.’

He appeared as a guest on several occasions in ‘The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.’ Aside from that, he became one of the show’s key character actors. His outstanding performance earned him roles in other shows such as ‘Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre,’ ‘Captain Nice,’ ‘Insight,’ and ‘It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.’

‘Best of Bob Newhart,’ his next comedy album, was released in 1971. He released the album ‘Very Funny Bob Newhart’ two years later. His television career continued with appearances as himself on ‘The Simpsons’ and as a retired forensic pathologist on ‘NCIS.’ He also appeared on ‘ER’ and ‘Desperate Housewives.’

His deadpan delivery and purposeful stammer won the hearts of the audience on television, propelling him to comedy roles in popular films, beginning with ‘Hell Is For Heroes.’ Following that, he appeared in several films, including ‘First Family,’ ‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,’ ‘In & Out,’ ‘Cold Turkey,’ ‘Catch 22’, ‘Elf,’ and ‘Horrible Bosses.’

In 1972, his presence on television, which had previously been limited to guest roles and character actors, was amplified when he was offered work on a pilot series titled ‘The Bob Newhart Show.’ It was a sitcom, as opposed to the previous variety show.

‘The Bob Newhart Show,’ produced by MTM and broadcast on CBS, ran for six seasons and 142 episodes. In the sitcom, he played Bob Hartley, a dry psychologist. It faced stiff competition from other shows but still managed to garner enough TRP.

He took a break from television after the end of ‘The Bob Newhart Show.’ His sabbatical ended four years later, in 1982, when he was cast in a new CBS sitcom called ‘Newhart.’ He portrayed Vermont innkeeper Dick Loudon in the film.

‘Newhart,’ like its predecessor, ‘The Bob Newhart Show,’ was an instant success, lauded by critics and audiences alike. It even received several Emmy nominations. After eight seasons and 182 episodes, the show ended in 1990.

He created another television series, ‘Bob,’ two years later in 1992. He portrayed a cartoonist in the television series. Despite favorable reviews from critics, the show did not fare well with the audience, and it was canceled shortly after the second season.

He released several comedy albums in the 1990s and 2000s, including ‘Off The Record,’ ‘The Button-Down Concert,’ and ‘Something Like This.’ Beginning in 2001, he appeared on several television shows, the most recent of which was in 2013 for the sixth season of ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

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Major Works

His sitcom ‘The Bob Newhart Show,’ which debuted on CBS in 1971, was a huge success. It aired 142 episodes over six seasons. During its first three seasons, the show ranked in the Top 20, earning him two Emmy nominations and one Golden Globe nomination for ‘Best TV Actor- Musical/ Comedy.’ TIME magazine named the show one of the “100 Best TV Shows of All Time” in 2007.

Awards & Achievements

The Peabody Award was given to Bob Newhart for his NBC variety show, ‘The Bob Newhart Show.’

He is a three-time Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist, Best Comedy Performance, and Album of the Year. The latter award, for ‘The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart,’ made history by being the first ever given to a comedy album.

He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1993. In addition, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999.

In 2002, he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Though he was nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards in various categories, he finally won one in 2013, for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Professor Proton (Arthur Jeffries) on ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

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Personal Life & Wife

On January 12, 1963, Bob Newhart married Virginia ‘Ginnie’ Quinn, the daughter of character actor Bill Quinn. Robert, Timothy, Jennifer, and Courtney are the couple’s four children.

He was rushed to the hospital in 1985 after suffering from polythemia as a result of his heavy and continuous smoking. He not only recovered quickly, but he also stopped smoking.

Bob Newhart Quotes

I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’.

Bob Newhart


People with a sense of humor tend to be less egocentric and more realistic in their view of the world and more humble in moments of success and less defeated in times of travail.

Bob Newhart


Stammering is different than stuttering. Stutterers have trouble with the letters, while stammerers trip over entire parts of a sentence. We stammerers generally think of ourselves as very bright.

Bob Newhart


I always stayed away from political commentary. First of all, I didn’t feel entitled. What I may feel about a candidate, I’m a comedian. I mean, if people like my comedy, that doesn’t mean they should vote for the person I like. That’s why I always kind of stayed away from endorsements.

Bob Newhart


I was never a Certified Public Accountant… I just had a degree in accounting. The reason I was never a Certified Public Accountant was because it would require passing a test, which I would not have been able to do.

Bob Newhart


Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.

Bob Newhart


Humor is so important to the American scene throughout history.

Bob Newhart

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