Bob Einstein, Super Dave Osbourne actor, dies at 76

Bob Einstein, the actor best known for his Super Dave Osbourne character, has died at the age of 76, TheWrap has learned.

Einstein’s brother, actor and comedian Albert Brooks, also confirmed the news of Einstein’s passing on Twitter on Wednesday. “R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever,” Brooks wrote.

An L.A.-born actor, writer and comedian, Einstein made first made his name as a writer for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” alongside the likes of Steve Martin and Murray Roman before transitioning to performing with the bungling Super Dave Osbourne character in the 1970s.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 27: Actor / Comedian Bob Einstein attends the premiere of 'Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind' from HBO Documentary Films' at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on June 27, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 27: Bob Einstein (R) and guest attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind from HBO on June 27, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 31: Actor Bob Einstein arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of HBO's New Series 'Clear History' on July 31, 2013 at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 31: Bob Einstein as Super Dave Osborne sighted on July 31, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GT/Star Max/FilmMagic)
Actor Bob Einstein (L) arrives at Los Angeles premiere of HBO's 'His Way' at Paramount Studios on March 22, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 18:Actor Bob Einstein attends Barneys New York Celebrates The Release of Jerry Weintraub's New Book 'When I Stop Talking You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories From a Persuasive Man' at Barneys New York Beverly Hills on May 18, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 14: Bob Einstein attends 27th Annual PaleyFest Presents 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' at Saban Theatre on March 14, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 14: (L-R) Comedian Richard Lewis, actor Jeff Garlin, actress Susie Essman, writer Larry David, actress Cheryl Hines and actor Bob Einstein attend the 27th annual PaleyFest Presents 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' event at the Saban Theatre on March 14, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (P2hoto by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 15: Actors Bob Einstein and Larry David arrive at the season 7 premiere for 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' at the Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on September 15, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
©2009 RAMEY PHOTO AGENCY Feb. 4, 2009 - Beverly Hills, CA, USA - TV's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star 'Super Dave' Osborne takes a walk on a sunny day JAC (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
Bob Einstein, aka 'Super Dave Osborne' during 'Ocean's Thirteen' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 05: Actor Bob Einstein aka 'Super Dave Osborne' arrives to the Warner Bros. premiere of the film 'Ocean's 13' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 5, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Bob Einstein, aka 'Super Dave Osbourne' during 9th Annual American Film Institute Golf Classic Presented by General Motors at Trump National Golf Club in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jordin Althaus/WireImage)
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Einstein first debuted the character, a sunny, naive and frequently-injured parody of daredevil stuntmen like Evel Knievel, on John Byner’s variety show in 1972 and later recurred on the Canadian sketch comedy series “Bizarre.”

He would go on to recur on “Late Night with David Letterman” and star in his own Showtime series “Super Dave” in 1987.

Einstein’s other roles included the surrogate character Larry Middleman on Fox’s “Arrested Development” and the father of Matt Damon’s character in “Ocean’s Thirteen.” He most recently reprised the character Marty Funkhouser in HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” revival last year, returning to a character he’s played across all nine seasons of the show.

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