LOS ANGELES (September 16, 2013)—Bob Newhart, 84, the actor-comedian, shed tears as he accepted his first ever Emmy, at Sunday's creative arts Emmy awards in Los Angeles.
he ceremony honors technical and other achievements in television.
Newhart was honored as best guest actor in a comedy series for his role on "The Big Bang Theory" as science teacher Professor Proton.
Newhart's long TV history includes roles in the 1970s "The Bob Newhart Show," ''Newhart" in the 1980s and "Bob" in the '90s.
His first TV series was a variety show that aired in 1961.
The creative arts Emmys traditionally are held the week before the main Emmy ceremony.
Neil Patrick Harris will host next Sunday's ceremony on CBS.
Organizers say Sunday's awards ceremony will feature five special memorial tributes, including one to Cory Monteith.
"Glee" star Monteith died in July at 31 of a heroin and alcohol overdose.
He'll be remembered by the show's Jane Lynch.
The TV academy says Edie Falco will honor James Gandolfini, her co-star on "The Sopranos," at this year's ceremony.
He died of a heart attack in June at age 51.
Rob Reiner will honor "All in the Family Star" Jean Stapleton; Robin Williams will remember his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters; and Michael J. Fox will pay tribute "Family Ties" producer Gary David Goldberg.
The TV academy says Sunday's Emmy ceremony on CBS also will include the traditional "in memoriam" segment recognizing other industry members who have died.