Bob Einstein may not be a name that jumps right out to you but he was always present with an unmistakable voice that always seemed to sound hoarse. If you’re older, you may remember him from his days as the slapstick star Super Dave Osborne, an accidental stuntman that had his own shows, both in the form of live-action and animation. Younger audiences may know him best as the character of Marty Funkhouser from HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Unfortunately, Bob Einstein, the younger brother of the comedic legend Albert Brooks, passed away on Wednesday at his home in Indian Wells, CA. At the age of 76, he had recently been battling with cancer and has regretfully lost the fight.
His brother, Albert Brooks, tweeted about the unfortunate passing:
R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever.
Bob left behind a long legacy of comedy performances and writing, his credits including writing on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” and appearances on “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” from early in his career. He developed the character of Super Dave on the comedy program “Bizarre” in 1979 before receiving his own series on Showtime in 1987. He even reprised the character for the 2009 special “Super Dave’s SpikeTacular.” He starred in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as a regular character from 2004 up to the most recent season.
Deadline broke the news and also reveals who he is survived by:
Along with Brooks, Einstein is survived by Roberta Einstein, his wife of over 40 years; daughter Erin Einstein Dale; son-in-law Andrew Dale; grandchildren Ethan and Zoe. He is also survived by his older brother, retired advertising executive Cliff Einstein.