RE­MEM­BER­ING SU­PER DAVE.

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LOS AN­GE­LES • Bob Ein­stein, the vet­eran com­edy writer and per­former known for The Smoth­ers Brothers Com­edy Hour, Curb Your En­thu­si­asm and his spoof dare­devil char­ac­ter Su­per Dave Os­borne, has died, ac­cord­ing to his brother, film­maker Al­bert Brooks. Ein­stein was 76.Ein­stein will be “missed for­ever,” Brooks said in a post Wed­nes­day on his ver­i­fied Twit­ter ac­count.“R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Ein­stein. A great brother, fa­ther and hus­band. A bril­liantly funny man,” tweeted Brooks, 71.Dead­line re­ported that Ein­stein had re­cently been di­ag­nosed with can­cer.Ein­stein was sched­uled to be part of the 10th sea­son of Curb Your En­thu­si­asm but his health barred him from film­ing, HBO said.On the HBO 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.”Ein­stein played Su­per Dave, a stunt­man far more am­bi­tious than he was ag­ile. The char­ac­ter ap­peared on com­edy-va­ri­ety spe­cials and se­ries, most re­cently Su­per Dave’s Spike Tac­u­lar in 2009.He spent 12 years in Toronto dur­ing Su­per Dave’s hey­day in the 1980s, ap­pear­ing reg­u­larly on Jon Byner’s Bizarre Cana­dian sketch com­edy se­ries and later star­ring on his own talk show, The Su­per Dave Os­borne Show.Aside from be­ing ut­ter fi­as­cos, Su­per Dave’s an­tics were known for their low­bud­get ef­fects, of­ten in­volv­ing hap­haz­ard con­trap­tions de­signed by stunt co-or­di­na­tor Fuji and fea­tur­ing flimsy pro­tec­tive pad­ding and har­nesses made from “gen­uine Saskatchewan seal­skin bind­ings.”Stunts would in­vari­ably end with a stuffed dummy dressed as Su­per Dave be­ing crushed, burned, buried, flung or worse.In a 2008 in­ter­view with The Cana­dian Press, Ein­stein said he thought fondly on his time in Canada but ad­mits there were painful mo­ments, too. Lit­er­ally.“You can’t do ev­ery­thing I did for all those years and not sus­tain some in­juries,” he said, re­call­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle stunt in which he broke his heel.Ein­stein won an Emmy for writ­ing on the 1960s se­ries The Smoth­ers Brothers Com­edy Hour, on which he also played op­po­site brothers Tom and Dick Smoth­ers, and a sec­ond Emmy in 1976 for Dick Van Dyke’s Van Dyke and Com­pany va­ri­ety se­ries.Ein­stein also holds the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the first co­me­dian to ap­pear twice on Jerry Se­in­feld’s Co­me­di­ans in Cars Get­ting Cof­fee, hav­ing been fea­tured in both Sea­son 1 and Sea­son 9.In the Sea­son 1 in­stal­ment, Se­in­feld re­calls meet­ing Ein­stein on the set of Curb Your En­thu­si­asm, where he did a multi-episode arc as him­self in the show’s sev­enth sea­son.The two co­me­di­ans share a mem­o­rable scene in which Funkhouser in­sists on telling Se­in­feld a wildly in­ap­pro­pri­ate joke. As the two re­called on Co­me­di­ans in Cars, the scene marked the first time Se­in­feld had heard the joke, and the bois­ter­ous laugh he lets out at the punch­line was his ac­tual re­ac­tion.

Bob Ein­stein, pic­tured in 1997 in Van­cou­ver, was an Emmy Award-win­ning ac­tor and writer known for his work on The Smoth­ers Brothers, Bizarre, Curb Your En­thu­si­asm and for Su­per Dave, his in­ept stunt­man cre­ation.

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