Must be 21 or older to attend Bob Newhart was nearly 30 years-old and working as an accountant in Chicago, when he struck comic gold with his first comedy album. His incredible journey was thoroughly explored in AMERICAN MASTERS Bob Newhart: Unbuttoned on PBS. More recently, Newhart’s TV contributions have been highlighted on PBS’ popular series, “Pioneers of Television.” His career as an entertainer has spanned 56 years, including multiple television series, 14 feature films and millions of albums sold worldwide and he is the recipient of many honors, including the “Mark Twain Prize for American Humor,” presented by the Kennedy Center, He and induction into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ “Hall of Fame.” In 2013, he won his first Emmy® for recurring appearances on the hit show “Big Bang Theory” and he also appears in the series, “The Librarians,” on TNT. Bob Newhart’s career began in a quite unassuming fashion, while working as an accountant in Chicago.To break the monotony of working as accountant, Bob would improvise phone calls with partner Ed Gallagher, a friend from a suburban Chicago Stock Company. It was suggested that they record and syndicate them. They did and were imminently unsuccessful. Ed, an advertising executive, was offered a job in New York and accepted it, leaving Bob with the difficult job of going it alone. He knocked around Chicago finding occasional work in voiceovers and commercials while still writing additional material. Through disc jockey friend Dan Sorkin, Bob met with the head of the newly-launched Warner Brothers Records, who, upon hearing Bob’s material, offered him a contract. And so, “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart” came into being, which became the first comedy album to go to #1 on the charts. He was an immediate sell-out in nightclubs and theater stages all over America. Seven more albums followed, each extremely successful multi-platinum projects. In fact, Bob’s cumulative recording career earned him three Grammy® Awards. He has also appeared in over 14 feature films, including “Elf,” “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever,” “Catch 22” and “Legally Blonde 2,” and has starred with the likes of Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Barbara Streisand, Madeline Kahn and Walter Matthau. He’s also provided character voices for major animated films. Despite his successful run in television and feature films, Bob has never strayed far from his first love of performing, comedy stand-up, and his classic routines have stood the test of time. Bob and his wife, Ginnie, have four children, and Bob also has three siblings, Mary Joan, Pauline and Ginny, none of whom are in show business.