81 year old comic legend Bob Newhart will guest star as retired medical examiner Dr. Walter Magnus on NCIS. Fans of the great comic should be delighted. He was a great influence on comics ranging from Ellen DeGeneres to Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. NCIS continues to grow in popularity, and this episode should be another milestone in the series.
Bob Newhart’s comic style was often referred to as a form of “deadpan” comedy, where he came across as a funny straight man. Strangely, Max Weinberg who played drums for both Bruce Springsteen and also Conan O’Brien seemed to be a great deadpan comic as well when it was called for, perhaps influenced by Newhart’s style.