Sad news out of Hollywood today, as actor and comedian Bob Einstein has passed away at the age of 76.
Einstein was best known for his roles on Arrested Development and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and as the creator of the popular character Super Dave Osborne.
Reps for Einstein say that he had recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Einstein was the older brother of comedy legend Albert Brooks who paid tribute on Twitter moments ago:
“R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein,” Brooks wrote.
“A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever.”
Einstein is likely best known to modern audiences for his recurring roles as Marty Funkhouser on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Larry Middleman on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
But what younger fans might not realize is that he had been a fixture in Hollywood since the 1960s, when he got his start writing for the legendary Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
Einstein was pursuing a career in advertising when Tom Smothers spotted him performing at an open mic night in Los Angeles.
Smothers invited the 26-year-old to the set of his show, an opportunity that Einstein later said transformed his life.
“Tom Smothers made our life by giving us that,” he stated in a 2017 interview.
In the ’80s, Einstein created the Super Dave Osborne, a hapless stuntman character who made regular appearances on the TV show Bizarre, as well as on Late Night With David Letterman, before spawning his own series.
Super Dave ran on Showtime from 1987-91.
The character was revived for a Spike TV special in 2009.
While he may not have been a household name to those outside of the entertainment industry, in the comedy world, Einstein was a bonafide legend.
News of his passing has made Einstein a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, with thousands of tributes pouring in from family, friends, and fans.
Einstein is survived by his wife Roberta Einstein, his daughter Erin Einstein Dale, and his two grandchildren, Ethan and Zoe.
Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.