Bob Einstein, aka Super Dave Osborne, has died

Bob Einstein, the actor famous for the role of stunt rider parody Super Dave Osborne, has died.

Einstein, born in 1942 in California, held many roles over his career—writer, producer, and actor in many shows and movies. But to Canadians, he will always be remembered for his role as Super Dave Osborne, a parody of motorcycle daredevils such as Evel Knievel. While Knievel was more or less successful most of the time, Super Dave had much worse luck, despite using his trusty “Saskatchewan seal skin” seatbelts, ski bindings, etc., for his stunts.

Einstein debuted the Super Dave character in 1972 on the John Byner Comedy Hour, and carried it on to appearances on many other shows, including even Late Night With David Letterman. Eventually, the character had his own show, titled Super Dave, which ran 1987-1991, produced in Ontario and aired on Global. Einstein carried the character to other shows in the 1990s as well.

Einstein died in California today. He was 76, and had recently been diagnosed with cancer.