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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bob Newhart  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: September 5, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois


Illinois Connection

He was born in Oak Park, Illinois. His family lived on the west side of Chicago. He was educated at Roman Catholic schools in the area and attended St. Ignatius College Prep. He then enrolled at Loyola University of Chicago where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management. After serving in the US Army during the Korean War, Newhart briefly attended Loyola Law School.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bob Newhart is a comedian, actor, and writer. He is an actor in films and on televison, including the televison shows The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart, Bob, and George and Leo. His theatrical films include Hell is for Heroes, Hot Millinois,On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Catch 22, Cold Turkey, First Family, Little Miss Marker, In & Out, Elf, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.

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Titles At Your Library

I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny
ISBN: 1401309151

Hachette Books. 2007

Washington Post: "It just so happens that George Robert Newhart (no, I didn't know his real first name is George) is the funniest person on the face of the planet, probably in fact the funniest person who ever lived... Now he has added to the pleasure he gives the rest of humanity by writing this exceedingly funny memoir, or autobiography, or whatever." Jerry Seinfeld: "Every comedian I know, including myself, whether they admit it or not, secretly wishes they were as good as Bob Newhart."