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Bob and Ginnie Newhart | Source: Getty Images
Bob and Ginnie Newhart | Source: Getty Images

Fans Hope Bob Newhart Is ‘Well’ since Losing His Love of 60 Years — He Hasn’t Been Seen in Public for Months

Gaone Pule
Sep 13, 2023
04:30 A.M.
  • Bob Newhart recently turned 94.
  • He sadly lost his wife of 60 years, Ginnie Newhart, earlier this year.
  • Fans are worried about his absence since losing his spouse.
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Veteran star Bob Newhart lost his beloved wife, Ginnie Newhart, months ago and recently marked his birthday milestone. However, he has been silent, leading fans to worry.

The actor and comedian turned 94 on September 5, 2023, and a few friends and colleagues from Hollywood shared their birthday tributes in a 19-minute-long compiled video.

A fan comments on a Facebook post | Source: Facebook/BobNewhart

A fan comments on a Facebook post | Source: Facebook/BobNewhart

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The clip was posted on the Illinois native's Facebook page and had a caption that read, "In honor of the Big Guy's 94th Birthday, we wanted to share a video with all of you! A couple of friends got together to share in this special day!! Enjoy!"

The video started with film and television director and writer Chuck Lorre, who stated it had been an honor to have worked with Bob and to call him a pal.

A fan comments on Bob Newhart's post | Source: Facebook/BobNewhart

A fan comments on Bob Newhart's post | Source: Facebook/BobNewhart

A fan comments on Bob Newhart's post | Source: Facebook/BobNewhart

A fan comments on Bob Newhart's post | Source: Facebook/BobNewhart

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A fan comments on Bob Newhart's post | Source: Facebook/BobNewhart

A fan comments on Bob Newhart's post | Source: Facebook/BobNewhart

A fan comments on Bob Newhart's post | Source: Facebook/BobNewhart

A fan comments on Bob Newhart's post | Source: Facebook/BobNewhart

Fellow celebrities, including showbiz actors Ben Parsons, Ben Stiller, and Henry Winkler, also left sweet messages for the television star. One social media user commented on the birthday homage to Bob penning, "I wondered what happened to Bob. Happy birthday to a great comedy professional!"

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Bob's last social media post was on July 22, 2023, on Facebook, where he shared a photo of a drawing and captioned it, "Drawing by Antonio Benedetto."

Fans commented on the Facebook post, with one user writing, "I hope and pray that you are doing well Mister Newhart." "Hi, Bob, been a while...Hope you're well...Big fan, lifelong," someone else wrote.

Another social media user shared Newhart has always been her "favorite," adding, "I hope you're doing well and wish you the best," alongside heart emojis. "Hope you are well, Bob. So sorry for your loss," said one person alongside a string of heart emojis.

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Bob’s Wife of 60 Years Died

Bob's last public appearance was during an interview on "Entertainment Tonight" in September 2021, marking 62 years in show business. When asked how he was doing, he said:

"I feel great. I just turned 92. It's been a great life. Making people laugh is wonderful. I love you, America!"

Bob Newhart during HBO's 13th Annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival at Wheeler Opera House on March 1, 2007 in Aspen, Colorado | Source: Getty Images

Bob Newhart during HBO's 13th Annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival at Wheeler Opera House on March 1, 2007 in Aspen, Colorado | Source: Getty Images

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Sadly, Bob lost his beloved wife, Ginnie Newhart, earlier this year. The family released a statement announcing her death on his Facebook page, which read:

"We lost our beloved Ginnie Quinn Newhart - Wife, Mother, and Grandmother, on April 23, 2023, after a long battle with illness. She was our rock, and we miss her terribly."

Bob Newhart with his wife Ginnie Newhart and their family attend Party Honoring Quincy Jones at Chasen's Restaurant on March 6, 1983 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Bob Newhart with his wife Ginnie Newhart and their family attend Party Honoring Quincy Jones at Chasen's Restaurant on March 6, 1983 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Ginnie was 82 years old when she passed away, and her death came only three months after she and her famous husband celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

The television writer was introduced to Bob when she worked as a babysitter for his co-star Buddy Hackett's kids in 1960. Hackett set them up on a blind date, and the pair hit it off.

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Bob Newhart poses for a portrait on January 1, 1982 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Bob Newhart poses for a portrait on January 1, 1982 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

The couple wed in January 1963, and when asked in an August 2019 interview whether he knew she was the one, Bob said she was. "We had the same values, and we enjoyed being with each other. She had a great sense of humor, so she had all the things I was looking for," he divulged.

The Grammy Award winner shared he and his love remained happy together because she could make him humble himself whenever he got arrogant.

Ginnie Newhart and comedian Bob Newhart pictured laughing together at their home on May 21, 1964 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Ginnie Newhart and comedian Bob Newhart pictured laughing together at their home on May 21, 1964 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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Bob Newhart with Ginnie Newhart and their family attend Party Honoring Quincy Jones at Chasen's Restaurant on March 6, 1983 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Bob Newhart with Ginnie Newhart and their family attend Party Honoring Quincy Jones at Chasen's Restaurant on March 6, 1983 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Bob revealed he and Ginnie remained grounded in that they knew the entertainment industry all too well and opted not to go to every high-profile event because they did not want to live like that. He disclosed in October 2019, "We're both Catholic."

Asked if he had any regrets, Bob admitted he wished he could have married earlier but could not afford it then. When he first tasted success, he had no one to share it with and said it would have been better if he and Ginnie could have shared that.

Ginnie is survived by Bob, their four children, Rob and Timothy, and their daughters, Jennifer and Courtney, including their ten grandchildren.

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