2019 has claimed its first major entertainment victim: veteran comedian & comedy writer Bob Einstein. He was 76 years old.

The news was made official by his brother Albert Brooks on Twitter, adding that he was a “great brother, father and husband”, a “brilliantly funny man” who would “be missed forever”.

While most 80s pop culture nuts like myself recognize him as “death-defying stuntman” Super Dave Osborne, he is most recently known as both Marty Funkhouser from Curb Your Enthusiasm and Larry Middleman in Arrested Development. His co-star from the former, Larry David, said in a statement:

“Never have I seen an actor enjoy a role the way Bob did playing Marty Funkhouser on Curb. It was an amazing, unforgettable experience knowing and working with him. There was no-one like him, as he told us again and again. We’re all in a state of shock.”

Co-stars and friends of Bob tweeted the following to express their sympathies.

You will be missed, Super Dave. Here are my personal favourite skits from the late-but-great “stuntman”.


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