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Jack Riley from The Bob Newhart show dies

Associated Press logo Associated Press 21/08/2016

Jack Riley, who played a counselling client on The Bob Newhart Show and also voiced a character on Nickelodeon's animated Rugrats, has died.

The 80-year-old actor died on Friday in Los Angeles, according to his representative Paul Doherty.

Besides portraying grumpy, self-absorbed Mr Carlin on the 1970s Newhart sitcom and providing the voice for absent-minded dad Stu Pickles on Rugrats and its spinoff, All Grown Up!, Riley appeared in the Mel Brooks films History of the World: Part I, High Anxiety and Spaceballs.

In a statement, Newhart said Riley created one of TV's "most endearing" situation comedy characters with his Carlin portrayal.

Riley was a "dear friend", one whose loss leaves an emptiness in the lives of his friends and family, including his wife Ginger Lawrence, Newhart said.

The Cleveland native also voiced commercials and made guest appearances on numerous TV series including Seinfeld, Night Court and Diff'rent Strokes.

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