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Television

Actor who played Super Dave Osborne, Marty Funkhouser dead at 76

Bob Einstein, a two-time Emmy-award winning actor known for his recurring role in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Super Dave character, has died after battling cancer. He was 76. Einstein is shown here arriving to the premiere of HBO's "Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind" on June 27, 2018, in Hollywood.
Bob Einstein, a two-time Emmy-award winning actor known for his recurring role in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Super Dave character, has died after battling cancer. He was 76. Einstein is shown here arriving to the premiere of HBO's "Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind" on June 27, 2018, in Hollywood.

Bob Einstein, a two-time Emmy-award winning actor known for his recurring role in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Super Dave character, has died after battling cancer, his representative confirmed to the Daily News. He was 76.

The actor and comedian famously played Marty Funkhouser, Larry David’s pal, on the HBO show. The two were known for squabbling over numerous topics, including whether Funkhouser was an orphan after his mother dies and he is left parentless.

Comedian Richard Lewis, who also had a recurring role on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” posted a tribute to his former costar.

“I’m in shock. I knew him forever. (Heart emoji) to his loved ones. His long career is hard to match,” Lewis wrote. “His role on #curbyourenthusiasm was excruciatingly brilliant! Our cast and crew will be devastated. He was so loved. He told me how much he loved LD and Curb. RIP buddy.”

Einstein was also known for creating the stuntman character Super Dave Osborne, for which he won a CableACE Award. He portrayed Super Dave in multiple television appearances, including Showtime’s “Bizarre.” and was the star of 2000 film “The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave.”

The hapless, bumbling character attempted mock, elaborate stunts that always went awry, causing hin serious injury.

He appeared on Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” in 2017. It was his second time on the show, making him the first guest to appear twice.

Einstein’s brother, Albert Brooks, is an acclaimed actor, writer and director, known for films such as “Modern Romance” and “Lost in America” – both of which he also wrote and directed – and acting-only roles in “Broadcast News” and “Drive.”

Brooks remembered him as “a great brother, father and husband,” in a tweet Wednesday. “A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever.”

Harry Einstein, his father, was also a comedian. He died in 1958 at the Roast of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at New York City’s Friars Club. Einstein was making his way back to his seat when he suddenly collapsed and died.

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