Newhart Sets Sights on 'ER' for Guest Arc

Fri Aug 22, 1:39 AM ET
By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Comedy great Bob Newhart is embarking on a rare venture into drama with a recurring role on NBC's "ER."

He will play Ben Hollander, an architect suffering with macular degeneration. As his progressive loss of sight increasingly affects his ability to work, Hollander also begins to lose interest in the world. He befriends Dr. Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield), who develops an odd attachment to him.

The first episode of Newhart's three-episode arc is slated to air Oct. 30.

Newhart won four Emmys -- one for his work on the NBC comedy series "The Bob Newhart Show" and three for his CBS sitcom "Newhart." He also has three Grammys, all from 1961, including the album of the year prize.

Newhart most recently co-starred on the big screen in "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" and will next be seen opposite Will Ferrell and Ed Asner in the holiday comedy "Elf," which New Line will release in November.


Reuters/Hollywood Reporter