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Bob Newhart snags ''ER'' role

Bob Newhart snags ”ER” role. The comedy veteran will play a dramatic role on the NBC series

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At 73, comedy veteran Bob Newhart is experiencing the career arc of a hot young star. In addition to his role in ”Legally Blonde 2” and an upcoming part in ”Elf,” ¬†Newhart will play an ailing architect on three episodes of ”ER” this fall.¬†The first episode of his arc will air Oct. 30, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Newhart’s character, who is losing his sight due to macular degeneration, will develop a friendship with Sherry Springfield’s Dr. Susan Lewis, the trade paper reported. Newhart is hardly a stranger to TV, having starred in two Emmy-winning shows: ”The Bob Newhart Show” and ”Newhart.” So maybe ”ER” can change its name to ”Newhart Hospital.”