Bob Einstein, who appeared on Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Arrested Development,” died at the age of 76, according to reports.
Deadline Hollywood on Jan. 2 confirmed Einstein’s death, reporting that he died in Indian Wells, California. He was recently diagnosed with cancer.
His younger brother, actor Albert Brooks, tweeted: “R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever.”
He’s best known for his role as Marty Funkhouser on David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Comedian Richard Lewis, his co-star on “Curb,” offered his condolences.
“I knew him forever,” Lewis wrote on Twitter. “His long career is hard to match. His role on #curbyourenthusiasm was excruciatingly brilliant! Our cast and crew will be devastated. He was so loved. He told me how much he loved LD and Curb. RIP buddy.”
“Veep” showrunner David Mandel tweeted about his death, saying he “heard he was sick” and that he will never forget his “joke about the newlyweds.” Mandel worked with Einstein for the original run of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Einstein, who won two Emmy Awards, wrote for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” which included comedian Steve Martin. He also appeared on the show. Later, he wrote for “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” in 1972 and 1974 before writing for the “Van Dyke and Company” show.
I’m in shock.
I knew him forever. ♥️to his loved ones. His long career is hard to match. His role on #curbyourenthusiasm was excruciatingly brilliant! Our cast and crew will be devastated.
He was so loved. He told me how much he loved LD and Curb. RIP buddy. @HBO pic.twitter.com/G8f5PoffuF
— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) January 2, 2019
He’s also known for creating the stuntman character of Super Dave Osborne.
Einstein is survived by wife Roberta Einstein, daughter Erin Einstein Dale, son-in-law Andrew Dale, and grandchildren Ethan and Zoe. He is also survived by two brothers.
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