Bob Newhart, who has been one of the funniest comedians around for over 50 years, has finally won the first Emmy of his long and distinguished career. He won it for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Show this past Sunday for his appearance on The Big Bang Theory as Professor Proton, Leonard and Sheldon’s boyhood favorite TV character.
Though the main Emmy Awards show isn’t until on this coming Sunday, some Emmys are awarded earlier. Bob Newhart has received seven previous Emmy nominations, his first one in 1962 for The Bob Newhart Show.
Last Sunday, September 15, Newhart, 84, picked up the Emmy at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys which was held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. When his name was announced, the audience showed their appreciation of his contributions to the sitcom genre by giving him a much-deserved standing ovation. Behind-the-scenes people are the ones who are primarily honored at this Emmys-before-the Emmys show, but so are actors who have been outstanding in guest roles.
Speaking to the press backstage, the always humble Newhart said of the standing ovation the audience gave him that he was “totally unprepared for that.”
Among those that Bob Newhart thanked during his acceptance speech were his wife, who he’s been married to for half a century, his four children, and the entire cast of The Big Bang Theory. He said in the speech that they “threw themselves on the sword for me.”
When Newhart was asked why he believed that he had never had the honor of winning an Emmy until The Big Bang Theory, he said that:
The best answer to that really is whenever I was nominated, there were better people in the category than me. That’s the truth. The best person wins. That’s the way it is.”
The episode for which Bob Newhart won the Emmy was aired in May.Sheldon and Leonard hear that Professor Proton could be hired to appear at various events, so they decide how cool would it be to hire him just so they can hang out with him and relive old memories of childhood and where their love of science originated.
For all of you who enjoyed seeing Newhart in The Big Bang Theory, you’ll be glad to hear that he’ll make a return appearance this season. Newhart is tight-lipped as to what the episode, which will commence filming in October, is going to be about.
He really liked the time he spent working with the cast of The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco, and he compared it to the relationship he had during the 1980s with the characters who played Larry, Darryl, and their other brother, Darryl, on Newhart.
Bob’s first experience in a guest role on The Big Bang Theory made get excited at having the chance to be a guest star for a second time.
In case you were wondering, Bob Newhart’s other Emmy nominations were for other episodes of Newhart, and also for his guest role on ER, and The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice, which was a TNT movie.
Written by: Douglas Cobb