Bob Einstein, a two-time Emmy winner who has recurred on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and the creator of Super Dave Osborne, died Wednesday at the age of 76. in Indian Wells, CA.
Einstein’s younger brother, actor-director Albert Brooks, tweeted today, “R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever.”
Bob Einstein was already scheduled to be part of the 10th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm but his health barred him from filming, HBO said.
On the comedy, Einstein played annoying pal Marty Funkhouser to Larry David’s equally off-putting character. In a statement, David said he’d never seen an actor enjoy a role more than Einstein did playing Marty.
“It was an amazing, unforgettable experience knowing and working with him. There was no one like him, as he told us again and again,” David said Wednesday. “We’re all in a state of shock.”
Jimmy Kimmel also praised his comedic prowess, writing, “His name was Bob Einstein, but we all called him Supe. Super Dave was a great friend and the master of a joke you could see coming for miles that still killed when it arrived. I will miss him.”
Einstein’s TV credits also included episodes of Arrested Development, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Anger Management.