Actor, comedy writer and producer Bob Einstein, who was known for playing Marty Funkhouser on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and for creating the satirical stuntman character Super Dave Osborne in the 1970s, has died.
Einstein, the older brother of comedian and filmmaker Albert Brooks, died today following a battle with cancer, according to media reports. He was 76.
Einstein started out as a writer on TV variety shows including “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” and “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” before moving in front of the cameras, first as Officer Judy on “Smothers Brothers.”
He debuted “Super Dave Osborne” on “The John Byner Comedy Hour” in 1972. The character, described as a naive but optimistic stuntman, frequently was injured in stunts that went horribly wrong.
Einstein regularly brought the character to Johnny Carson’s and David Letterman’s talk shows before landing his own variety show, “Super Dave,” from 1987-1991. An animated series, “Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire,” aired on Fox and Einstein starred in a feature film, “The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave,” in 2000, among the many spinoffs for the character.
Along with his recurring role on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” from 2004-2017, Einstein appeared on a number of TV shows over the years, including “Roseanne,” “Norm” and “Arrested Development.”
Here’s a bit from “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” in 1969 in which Einstein appears as Officer Judy in an encounter with Liberace …