Bob Newhart finally broke his 51-year drought and won an Emmy Award for his guest-starring role on "The Big Bang Theory" last season. Bob, who's been nominated for an Emmy seven times, won for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The event was held at the Nokia Theater in L.A. Sunday night, and Newhart got a resounding standing ovation for his win, according to Entertainment Weekly on Sept. 15. Afterwards he confirmed that he's returning to "Big Bang" later this season.
Bob Newhart, 84, had previously been nominated three times for his work on "Newhart", as well as for a guest spot on "ER" and the TNT movie "The Librarian". He was first nominated for his iconic 70s series "The Bob Newhart Show", according to The Huffington Post.
Apparently the seventh time's the charm, as Newhart teared up when he won his Emmy and saw the reaction from the crowd Sunday night. Bob thanked wife of 50 years and his four children, as well as his cast mates from "The Big Bang Theory".
Sunday's event was held as usual ahead of the main event set for next weekend. The Creative Arts Emmys primarily honors the behind-the-scenes creators working in television, but also includes the actors in guest roles category.
Ever humble, Bob told reporters afterwards that the reason he came up dry his first six times was simply because there was always someone better than him nominated. "The best person wins. That’s the way it is", he said.
Newhart's "Big Bang" stint had him portraying Professor Proton, host of characters Leonard and Sheldon's favorite childhood science show.
When they discover Professor Proton hires himself out for kiddie parties, they hire him to hang out with them in their apartment.
Bob's typical deadpan delivery and genius comedic timing were on perfect display, as his character tried to make sense of Emmy winner Jim Parsons' Dr. Sheldon Cooper.
Bob teased that he's shooting another episode of the top CBS sitcom in October, but held back the details. He said he's excited to return to working with Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, and Johnny Galecki.
He compares working with them to the ease he had working with Larry, Darryl and Darryl on "Newhart". Bob also loves what he calls the rock concert audience that the show draws for tapings.
Click here to watch one of the funniest sketches Bob did when he guest starred on Fox's "Mad TV", reprising a familiar role as a psychologist.
The 65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will air on FXX this Saturday, Sept. 21, at 9 p.m. ET. The Primetime Emmy Awards air the next night, Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.