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51 years in the making: Newhart wins 1st Emmy

51 years in the making: Newhart wins 1st Emmy

Bob Newhart (left) and Jim Parsons share a scene on CBS’s ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

Good things really do come to those who wait.

Loyola alum and comedy legend Bob Newhart won his first Emmy on Sept. 15—more than half a century after receiving his first nomination for television’s highest award.

Newhart, who graduated from Loyola in 1952, won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Professor Proton on CBS’s hit show The Big Bang Theory. This was Newhart’s seventh Emmy nomination; his first came in 1962 for writing The Bob Newhart Show.

“I’m amazed at all the attention this is getting,” Newhart told The Hollywood Reporter after he won.

Known for his dry wit and self-deprecating humor, Newhart reacted to his Emmy win in, well, typical Newhart fashion.

“I was right in the front row (when they called my name) and my first thought was, ‘Boy, I hope I can make it up those stairs!’ I’m 84 and you worry about things like that,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. (Read the entire interview for more on Newhart’s historic evening.)

Loyola dedicated the Newhart Family Theatre last fall in recognition of the Newhart family’s many contributions to and friendship with Loyola and Mundelein College. Newhart’s sisters—Sr. Joan Newhart, BVM; Pauline Quan; and Virginia Brittain—graduated from Mundelein College in 1949, 1952, and 1965, respectively.

“When I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 1952, it would never have occurred to me that one day there would be a Newhart Family Theatre on Loyola’s campus,” Bob Newhart said at last year’s dedication ceremony. “It is a great source of pride and honor for all our families.”