Jack Riley, the Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show Dies at 80


Jack Riley (born on December 30, 1935), an American actor, best known as the voice of ‘90s TV dad Stu Pickles on the “Rugrats” and a regular counseling patient on “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died. He was 80 years old. According to The Sources, Riley died on Friday in Los Angeles after yielding to pneumonia and infection after a long illness.

Riley started his career as semi-regular in the cast of the 1960s sitcom Occasional Wife, a short-lived show on NBC in which he played Wally Frick, although, and perhaps, his greatest fame came in the character of Elliot Carlin, the neurotic, sour and selfish patient on The Bob Newhart Show. In 1973, he was cast as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family Fun-House.

Riley also appeared in a HBO comedy special in 1980 called The Wild Wacky Wonderful World of Winter. He was a regular cast member in The Tim Conway Show, a comedy-variety show that aired on CBS from March 1980 through the late Summer of 1981, acting in sketch comedy in each episode. In 1985, he reprised his Bob Newhart Show role of Elliot Carlin on St. Elsewhere.

Among his other TV credits are multiple appearances on such shows as Barney Miller, Hogan’s Heroes, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, One Day at a Time, Gomer Pyle and Night Court. He was also a favorite of Mel Brooks, appearing in several of his films: High Anxiety, History of the World: Part I, To Be or Not to Be, and Spaceballs.

Riley was also a ubiquitous voice in television and radio commercials, most notably in spots for Country Crock margarine. He also voiced the character “P.C. Modem, the computer genius” in radio commercials for CompUSA which aired in the 1990s. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Riley was known for voicing Stu Pickles, father of the main protagonist Tommy, in the animated series Rugrats. The franchise consisted of the TV series, the spin-off All Grown Up! and the film trilogy.

He continued to make guest appearances during the 1990s in popular sitcoms, showing up in episodes of Seinfeld, Son of the Beach, Friends, Coach, The Drew Carey Show, That ’70s Show and, in a gag appearance, as an unnamed but obvious Mr. Carlin in an episode of Newhart. He made a cameo appearance on the November 23, 2013, episode of Saturday Night Live, as a subway passenger during the skit “Matchbox 3”.

On May 18, 1975, he married Ginger Lawrence. He had two children. Riley died on August 19, 2016, aged 80 in Los Angeles, due to pneumonia.


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