Bob Newhart is a beloved comedian and actor. His incredible career has spanned over 70 years. Over the course of his time in Hollywood, he’s appeared on many TV shows and movies and has released 10 comedy albums. That being said, he’s kept a lower profile in recent years. So, let’s check in and see how Bob Newhart is doing now.
Bob Newhart Was Born In 1929 And Is Still Alive
Bob Newhart was born in 1929, and he’s still going strong today. On September 5, 2022, he celebrated his 93rd birthday.
Is He Still Performing Today?
For most, by the time you hit 90, it’s far past the time to retire. Newhart, on the other hand, isn’t ready to throw in the towel. He’s still going strong and making people laugh. Newhart wrapped up his most recent role in 2020, voicing Professor Proton on the sitcom, Young Sheldon. He also played this role on the hit series The Big Bang Theory (of which Young Sheldon is a spinoff.) He played this character from 2013 through 2020, and in 2013, it landed him an Emmy award. Newhart’s standup career has been equally long-lasting. He performed standup as recently as 2019, although he told Parade in August 2022 that he doesn’t have plans to do any more touring.
Is He Still In Good Health?
For a nonagenarian, it’s safe to say that Newhart is in remarkably good health. Even so, he did experience some health problems when he was younger.
In 2006, Newhart’s memoir, I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This! and Other Things That Strike Me as Funny, was released. In it, he recounted his days as a heavy smoker. “In nearly every photograph we have of me in the fifties, sixties, and seventies, I’m holding a cigarette. I always smoked onstage…I was so addicted that if I woke up in the night to go to the bathroom, I’d light a cigarette for the walk,” Newhart recalled (via Nicki Swift). “My realization about the evils of nicotine came one summer day in 1985 when I developed a nosebleed that just wouldn’t stop.” Newhart was diagnosed with Secondary Polycythemia, which increases the risk of having a stroke. He quit smoking then and there and made a full recovery.
Newhart remains in good health, and he loves spending time with his grandchildren during his time off from working. He’s spent the COVID-19 pandemic streaming shows and movies with his wife of 57 years, Ginny. And we’re sure he’s making his family laugh. According to Newhart, “Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it, and then move on.” We can’t wait to hear how he’ll make us laugh next.