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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 18 December 1894New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 24 May 1976Seal Beach, California, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Bobby Barber was born on December 18, 1894 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Medicine Men (1929), Hot Paprika (1935) and The Abbott and Costello Show (1952). He was married to Maxine. He died on May 24, 1976 in Seal Beach, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Maxine (? - ?)

Trivia (1)

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello frequently used him as a form of "court jester" on the set of their films. It was his job to keep the energy level up through a series of pranks and practical jokes. He would even suddenly appear on camera during a take to break up the cast and crew. In Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Lou answers a knock at the door expecting to see large actor Lon Chaney Jr. Instead, the very short Barber walks in wearing a funny hat with a feather. In another outtake from that film, Bela Lugosi, in full Dracula regalia, is solemnly descending a staircase to meet Bud and Lou when all of a sudden the actors and crew burst out laughing. Lugosi, annoyed, turns around to see Barber following right behind him, mimicking his steps. Barber also appeared in bit parts, such as a delivery boy, waiter or bellhop, in many of Abbott and Costello's films, and played many different characters--often just walk-ons, sometimes just a picture of him on a wall or a "wanted" poster of him in a Post Office--in their TV series. His final film appearance was in Lou Costello's last picture. The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959). His film career included bit parts in over 100 (known) feature films.

Salary (2)

The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947) $800
Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) $25 /day

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