Monday, June 17, 2024

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” Star Bob Einstein, Actor-Writer-Comedian, Brother of Albert Brooks, Dies at 76


Bob Einstein, the cool customer of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame, has died at 76 after a fight with cancer. He was the older brother of Albert Brooks, who changed his name — taking Mel Brooks’s last name– rather than be Albert Einstein.

Bob Einstein played the laconic Marty Funkhouser from the start in 2004 on “Curb” right through the last season. He also created the “Super Dave” character that carried him through his own series from 1991-1999 and countless specials and appearances.

Not just an actor, Einstein started writing for the funniest and most offbeat of the 60s comedy variety hours, “The Smothers Brothers Hour” and “The Pat Paulsen Show.” He also wrote for Sonny & Cher, the Hudson Brothers, and Dick van Dyke. He was a regular on the 2005 season of “Arrested Development.”

 He also appeared a couple of times on Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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