Bob Newby was a major character in the second season of Stranger Things. He was the manager at the local Hawkins RadioShack. Sometime in 1984, Bob began dating Joyce.
After the Demodogs’ invasion left him, Joyce and her son, Hopper and Mike trapped in Hawkins Lab, Bob volunteered to restore the power system.
He succeeded, which helped the group escape, but sadly he was attacked and killed by a Demodog before he could make it to safety.
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Bob mentions that his parents’ house is in Maine, which could mean he grew up there. However, it is known that he attended middle school in Hawkins.
While in middle school, he founded the Hawkins Middle AV Club through his own efforts by starting a fundraiser to buy all the equipment. He later attended high school with Hopper and Joyce. He eventually began working at the RadioShack in Hawkins.
At some point, Bob and Joyce began dating. On October 30, Bob visited Joyce while she was working at Melvald’s General Store.
The couple briefly made out in the backroom. Later that night, Bob, Joyce, Jonathan, and Will had a movie night together.
Bob was clever and enjoyed solving riddles and puzzles. He had very conventional tastes (for instance, he did not enjoy horror movies, preferring more lighthearted films and TV shows like Mr. Mom and Cheers); Jonathan considered him boring and found his overly-friendly nature somewhat off-putting. Will, on the other hand, liked Bob because Bob didn’t treat him any differently after his disappearance.
Although most of Bob’s affection was focused on Joyce, whom he clearly loved, his attempts to befriend and connect with her sons were also genuine.
He empathized strongly with Will, as they were both highly intelligent but passive-natured, making them easy targets for bullying.
His contribution to the Hawkins Middle AV Club gained him admiration from Will‘s friends, particularly Mike, who became inspired by his efforts and ultimately prompted them to avenge Bob later on.
Unfortunately, his advice to Will about facing one’s fears inadvertently allowed the Mind Flayer to enter Will’s body and eventually control him, but as Bob was completely unaware of the Mind Flayer’s existence and abilities he cannot really be held responsible; although his actions were not always helpful, his intentions certainly were.
Bob and Joyce Byers knew each other since high school and sometime after Will’s rescue from the Upside Down, they developed a close relationship. His sense of humor as well as affection for her was endearing and brought her feelings of normalcy, which is why the two connected very well.
When Joyce requested him to pin down Hopper’s location from Will’s scribbles without disclosing any of the reasons, Bob didn’t hesitate to help her locate it.
Later on, Will’s convulsion forced them to take help from Hawkins Lab, Bob would comfort and calm her down. Shortly after the Demodogs invasion leaves them trapped, in an attempt to save everyone, including Joyce, he decided to restore the power system. However, Bob had to tragically die at the hands of some Demodogs, but not before one last smile seeing her alive and safe.
Bob and Jim Hopper were old friends from high school. Even though they didn’t cross paths often, the two still had a good deal of respect over each other. After Hopper got bounded by the vines, Bob along with Joyce helped free him up. The two would also watch each other’s back, as seen during the Demodogs’ ambush at the lab.
Sean Astin Wiki
Sean Patrick Astin is an American actor, voice actor, director, and producer. He was born on February 25, 1971. His acting roles include Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003), Mikey Walsh in The Goonies (1985), Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger in Rudy (1993), Doug Whitmore in 50 First Dates (2004), and Bob Newby in the second season of Stranger Things (2017).
Actor, voice actor, director, producer
February 25, 1971
Christine Harrell (m. 1992)
Patty Duke (mother) Michael Tell (biological father) John Astin (adoptive father)
Astin was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of actress Patty Duke (1946–2016) and Michael Tell. However, at the time, it was erroneously reported that entertainer Desi Arnaz Jr. was his biological father.
During that time, Duke also had a sexual relationship with Michael Tell, a writer, music promoter and publisher of the newspaper The Las Vegas Israelite.
When Duke became pregnant, she was unsure whether Arnaz or Tell was the father, so Tell offered to marry her as a way out of the scandal. The marriage only lasted 13 days in 1970 and ended long before Astin was born.
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Besides being well-liked by the cast and crew, Astin was particularly close friends with Winona Ryder. The two were both former child actors and had nearly every scene together. Ryder was particularly unhappy to learn that Astin’s character was being killed off, even texting complaints to Matt Duffer.