Monday, August 6, 2018

Vital Viewing (Human Relations Edition)

Actor Peter Bonerz, best known for playing orthodontist Jerry Robinson on The Bob Newhart Show (it looks like the role paid well) was born on this day in 1938. In the following clip, he and Newhart talk with Conan O'Brien about the value of working in an ensemble: 

In case you haven't been to the circus lately, here are the Flying Wallendas:

 I can't bear to look.

 So I'll look at this instead:

Didja hear all that talk about rating people? Which reminds me:

She once got a 10. And not out of a million, either.


  1. Hi, Kirk!

    Happy 80th birthday to actor Peter Bonerz. I loved The Bob Newhart Show and was a regular viewer. It's ironic that the male members of the cast outlived the female members. Suzanne Pleshette has been dead and gone more than ten years now and Marcia Wallace died five years ago. 10 Star Bo Derek appeared in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! and will turn 62 this fall. She and I share the same birthday. I wish we shared a love nest. :)

    Thanks, good buddy Kirk, and have a great week!

  2. That didn't occur to me, Shady, but you're right, the men on that show have survived the women. Bill Daily, who played Howard Borden (as well as Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeanie) is still alive. I don't know if Jack Riley, who played the neurotically surly Mr. Carlin was part of the main cast or more what's referred to as a "recurring character" but he died in 2016.

    Marcia Wallace also voiced Bart's teacher on The Simpsons. That character was retired after Wallace died.

  3. No fan of Bo Derek; she sure didn't get a 10 for her acting. But LOVED The Bob Newhart Show!

    1. Mitchell, Bo was the opposite of Peter Bonerz. A big star (at one time) but not much in the way of talent. Of course, she was a sex symbol, and there's a certain value in that, but other sex symbols--Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, Jayne Mansfield, Gina Lollobrigida--DID have talent, and were able to bring something extra to the lusty proceedings.

  4. I don't think I knew of him.

    1. Adam, I suspect The Bob Newhart Show was a bit before your time (Newhart also had a second series, where he played a Vermont innkeeper.) But even when the first show was riding high in the ratings, Peter Bonerz wasn't what you would call a "star". People were familiar with the fictional character he played, but unfortunately that familiarity for some reason didn't translate into any greater fame for the nonfictional Bonerz.

      However, we here at Shadow of a Doubt won't let mere name recognition, or the lack thereof, stop us from paying tribute to a very talented individual. As was everybody connected to The Bob Newhart Show. Adam, I hope if you're ever channel surfing and come across it, you'll give it a look. Or you can click on the clip I provided.