jack riley dead

Jack Riley, The Bob Newhart Show's Elliot Carlin, Dead at 80

Jack Riley, fondly remembered as neurotic Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show in the 1970s, has died of pneumonia and infection at the age of 80.

After appearing in nearly 50 episodes of the hit sitcom as shrink Bob Hartley’s “persecuted” patient, the onetime radio personality reprised his role on St. Elsewhere in 1985.

Riley also made several Mel Brooks movies (among them, High Anxiety and History of the World, Part I), guest-starred on everything from Gomer Pyle: USMC to Friends, and lent his voice to the character of Stu Pickles in both Rugrats and All Grown Up!.

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8 Comments
  1. Steven says:

    RIP Stu. I grew up on Rugrats.

  2. steven says:

    The third member of the Rugrats family to pass away over the last 2 years, after Joe Alaskey and Christine Cavanaugh.

  3. TV Gord says:

    That pretty much puts Dr. Hartley out of business, now.

    Sorry to see him go, but the laughs are immortal!

  4. Pat says:

    His character on The Bob Newhart Show was so funny and yes, truly neurotic. Make them laugh up there, Jack and may you Rest In Peace.

  5. Simon Jester says:

    I remember he appeared on a bunch of episodes of Night Court. RIP. :-(

  6. louise says:

    RIP Rack Riley; Goodbye Elliot Carlin. Favorite character of the 70’s/

  7. Nero tTVFiddler says:

    I recently caught the Gomer Pyle episode (one of the two he was in) in which Jack Riley made a guest appearance as Gomer’s USMC buddy. Funny thing, when I saw that episode I immediately recognized him and remember thinking how memorable Jack Riley was; when you saw him on television, you never mistook him for another actor – he was one of a kind and easily recognizable. His mannerisms and style were spot on – always a pro.

    He helped make the 1970’s The Bob Newhart Show one of television’s all-time best. I was just looking at his IMDB file – indeed, lots of work on Rugrats, but he also started out in the 1962 Jack Lemmon/Lee Remick/Blake Edwards movie ‘The Day’s of Wine and Roses’, with an uncredited role as a waiter. A nice way to start a career in film, and eventually television.

    RIP Mr. Riley. Job well done!