Tributes and remembrances have been pouring in for Bob Einstein, the veteran comic actor and writer who died today at 76. Larry David, who created and stars in HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, on which Einstein often recurred, also gave his condolences.
“Never have I seen an actor enjoy a role the way Bob did playing ‘Marty Funkhouser’ on Curb,” the Seinfeld co-creator said in a statement. “It was an amazing, unforgettable experience knowing and working with him. There was no one like him, as he told us again and again. We’re all in a state of shock.”
And play the role he did. Driven by that unmistakable just-gargled-gravel voice, Einstein stole nearly every Curb scene he was in. Everyone has their favorite Funkhouser moment: The time he busted Larry stealing flowers from Grandma Funkhouser’s highway memorial. The one where Larry retrieved his golf club from Grandpa Funkhouser’s casket (and got caught, of course). Or maybe when Funkhouser brought his nephew — an All-American baseball pitcher — to Larry house, only to have the kid break his elbow trying to open a jar of pickles.
If you have a personal favorite Funkhouser moment or memory, feel free to share it in the comments below. There are bound to be plenty.