Published Jan 02, 2019The comedy world has lost a truly legendary performer, as Bob Einstein has passed away. The actor and writer best known for the character Super Dave Osborne — as well as his recurring role on Curb Your Enthusiasm — died at the age of 76.
According to Deadline, he died today after a brief battle with cancer.
The brother of similarly respected comedian Albert Brooks, Einstein got his start as a writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He went on to write for The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, as well as the Dick Van Dyke series Van Dyke and Company.
Super Dave Osborne first appeared on The John Byner Comedy Hour in 1972 and made his way through numerous comedy shows in the 1970s. He went on to be a recurring guest on both Carson and Letterman in the '80s before launching the Super Dave series in 1987. The show was a hit and was followed by numerous spinoffs and other appearances — including work with the WWE.
More recently, Einstein appeared on numerous episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry David's surly friend Marty Funkhouser. Einstein also had a recurring role on Arrested Development as Larry Middleman.