What Was Bob Einstein’s Net Worth Before He Died? Here’s What We Know About the ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Actor
Curb Your Enthusiasm actor and comedic legend Bob Einstein has passed away at 76. Einstein — who is the older brother of actor Albert Brooks had been recently diagnosed with cancer. Though Einstein had a long history in Hollywood, most fans recognized him for his work on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm opposite Larry David. On the series, the Los Angeles native starred as Marty Funkhouser –the surly but hilarious counterpart to David’s overly neurotic character.
Brooks tweeted of his brother’s death, “R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father, and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever.”
Einstein was born in 1942 into an acting family. His mother was actress, Thelma Leeds, and his father –Harry Einstein was also an actor as well as a comic and writer. Though he’d wanted to get into comedy initially, after his father’s death in 1958, Einstein changed directions for a while, choosing to go to college to play basketball before pursuing a career in advertising. However, Einstein couldn’t stay away from his destiny for long. Here’s a look at his long legacy and his net worth before he died.
R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) January 2, 2019
A guest performance that changed his life
By 26, Einstein was working in advertising but agreed to appear on a local cable show as a favor for a friend. His stellar performance caught the eye of comedy legend Tom Smothers. Einstein remembered, “I go over and now I’m sitting and watching rehearsals and my mind is burning and all of sudden out of nowhere I want this, a bee has stung me in the back, and I want this.” From there the actor created the character Super Dave Osborne and he produced, wrote and appeared as the character for various shows including, Bizarre, Super Dave and most recently, 2009’s Super Dave’s SpikeTacular.
A 50-year career
Einstein won two Emmys Awards in the 1960s and 1970s. The first for writing alongside Steve Martin on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He also received nominations for his writing on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and Dick Van Dyke’s Van Dyke and Company. He won his second Emmy for his work as a producer on Van Dyke and Company.
Einstein first appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2004, and he went only to appear in over 20 episodes during the shows various runs. He also appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Hollywood Squares. He is still the only star to appear on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee twice.
Bob Einstein’s net worth was $5 million
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Einstein was worth $5 million when he passed away. Much of his wealth was earned from his writing and producing credits, but his appearances on shows liked Curbed as well as projects like Arrested Development, Ocean’s Thirteen, Welcome to the Captain and Anger Management also contributed to his net worth.
Donations can be made in Einstein’s memory to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
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