Curb Your Enthusiasm actor Bob Einstein dead at age 76

Curb Your Enthusiasm and Super Dave Osborne actor Bob Einstein dead at age 76

  • Bob Einstein died of a recently diagnosed cancer at his home in California 
  • He is know for playing the recurring character, Marty Funkhouser, on Larry David’s show ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
  • Einstein is also famous for the creation of Super Dave Osborne and working as an emmy-winning TV writer
  • His younger brother, filmmaker Albert Brooks, tweeted a tribute to his late  brother this morning

Bob Einstein died at age 76 from cancer at his home in California

The actor who played Larry David’s friend Marty Funkhouser on HBO’s hit series ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and a famed parody of daredevil stuntmen, Super Dave Osborne, has died at 76.

Bob Einstein, the Emmy-award winning comedy writer, died at his home in California of a recently diagnosed cancer, according to TMZ.

‘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, Einstein’s younger brother, tweeted.

He’s best known for his most recent work as the recurring character Funkhouser, one of David’s oldest friends on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ showing up from 2004 until the last season.

His silly stuntman character, Super Dave Osborne, got him regular guest spots on late night talk shows, his own cable shows and even an animated series in 1992.

Aside from his acting, Bob Einstein was an accomplished comedy writer and producer, winning Emmy awards for work on ‘The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour’ and  ‘Van Dyke and Company,’ Deadline Hollywood reports. 

Bob Einstein (right) played Marty Funkhouser along with Larry David (left) on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

Einstein also created the character of a daredevil who couldn’t succeed at stunts, Super Dave Osborne

Bob Einstein (left ) with wife Roberta Einstein in 2013 at the premiere of HBO Films’ ‘Clear History’

Born on November 20, 1942, in Los Angeles, to Thelma Leeds, an actress, and Harry Einstein, a comic, writer and actor, Stewart Robert Einstein swore off comedy when Milton Berle and other comics joked at his father’s funeral in 1958. 

Einstein was going to go into advertising when he caught the eye of Tom Smothers of The Smothers Brothers duo when he was 26-years-old, according to Deadline. 

‘I go over and now I’m sitting and watching rehearsals and my mind is burning and all of sudden out of nowhere I want this, a bee has stung me in the back, and I want this,’ after he was invited to the set by the famed comedian. 

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Younger brother Albert Brooks tweeted a touching tribute to the recently deceased Bob Einstein

Albert Brooks, 71, is the younger brother of Bob Einstein known for his own work on ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Defending Your Life’

Bob Einstein’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ co-star and comedic legend in his own right also tweeted a tribute to the late actor

Cheryl Hines who plays Larry David’s wife on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ also tweeted a tribute to Bob Einstein

He won his very first Emmy working on the writing team for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  

‘I’m in shock. I knew him forever,’ tweeted ‘Curb’ co-star and legendary comic, Richard Lewis. ‘I knew him forever. (Heart emoji) 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.’ 

Co-star Cheryl Hines who plays Larry David’s wife also tweeted, ‘We lost a friend today. (heart emoji) thanks for all of the laughs on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Our love to Bob’s family. #BobEinstein #SuperDave. The comedy world will miss you.’

⁩He is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Roberta Einstein, daughter Erin Einstein Dale, son-in-law Andrew Dale, his grandchildren Ethan and Zoe, and an older brother, Cliff Einstein.  


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