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
Einstein’s parents were both performers. His mother, Thelma Leeds, was an actress, and his father, Harry Einstein, a comic. (Brooks changed his name, joking about having been originally saddled with the name “Albert Einstein.”)
Einstein was a master of deadpan comedy, having originally started writing and playing the character “Officer Judy” on the “Smothers Brothers” show, which was known for its irreverence and canceled by CBS in 1969.
Einstein went on to write for various TV programs — including “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” — before creating Super Dave, appearing as the character on the sketch comedy show “Bizarre,” on Johnny Carson and David Letterman’s late-night shows, and later playing him on his own Showtime series and in an animated sitcom.
In addition to his recurring role on “Curb” — which lasted from 2004 through its most recent season — Einstein appeared in numerous TV shows and movies, including his brother’s film “Modern Romance” and “Ocean’s Thirteen.”