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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 December 1923Darrington, Washington, USA
Birth NameRobert William Barker
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

For 35 years Bob Barker had been the host of The Price Is Right (1972) game show. Not only is it the highest-rated daytime game show, it's also the longest-running game show in TV history, surpassing the prime-time hit What's My Line? (1950), which ran for 18 years. He also served the show's executive producer since 1987. Named the most popular game show host of all time in a national poll, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Daytime Television in 1999. Although he has graced our television screen for more than four decades, his career continues at full circle.

In 1996 he made his motion picture debut in Universal Pictures' Happy Gilmore (1996), in which he played himself with Adam Sandler. His real acting debut, however, came when he was asked to play Mel Harris' father in NBC's Something So Right (1996). Another honor came when one of the most historic sites in the history of television, Stage 33 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, was re-dedicated as the Bob Barker Studio in ceremonies following the taping of the 5,000th episode of "The Price is Right", on March 11, 1998. Barker is the first performer to whom CBS has ever dedicated a stage.

Barker was born in Darrington, WA, and spent most of his youth on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where his mother was a schoolteacher. His family eventually moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he attended high school and Drury College on a basketball scholarship. World War II interrupted his studies and he joined the US Navy, becoming a fighter pilot, but the war ended before he was assigned to a seagoing squadron.

Following his discharge Barker returned to Drury and took a job at a local radio station to help finance his studies. It was there he discovered that what he did best was to host audience participation shows. After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in economics, he went to work for a radio station in Palm Beach, Florida. A year later he moved to Los Angeles, and within a week he was the host of his own radio program, "The Bob Barker Show". He made his debut in 1956 on national television as the host of the popular The New Truth and Consequences (1950). Ralph Edwards, the show's originator, had sold the show to NBC as a daytime strip, but he had not chosen a host. He auditioned other hosts in Hollywood and New York for weeks, but when he heard "The Bob Barker Show" on his car radio, he knew he had found the man for the job. Proving that Edwards had chosen him wisely, Barker hosted "Truth or Consequences" for an unbelievable 18 years, and he and Edwards remain close friends to this day. They drink a toast at lunch every December 21st to celebrate the day in 1956 when Edwards notified him that he was going to become the host of "Truth or Consequences".

Barker has been twice named in the Guinness Book of World Records as television's "Most Durable Performer," at 3,524 shows, and "Most Generous Host in Television history" for awarding $55 million in prizes on his various shows. During the ensuing years the $55-million figure has increased to more than $200 million. He has won 11 Emmys as a Game Show Host, more than any other performer, and 2 more as Executive Producer of "The Price is Right". He also was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, for a total of 14, and won 2 additional awards, for a total of 16 Emmys. He has also received the coveted Carbon Mike Award of the Pioneer of Broadcasters.

In 1978 he developed "The Bob Barker Fun & Games Show", a series of personal appearances that attracted record-breaking audiences throughout the US and Canada. He also established the DJ&T Foundation in Beverly Hills, California, the purpose of which is to help control the dog and cat population. He is funding the foundation through his own resources to support low-cost or free spay/neuter clinics. This foundation is named in memory of his wife, Dorothy Jo, and his mother, Matilda (Tilly) Valandra, both of whom loved animals. Barker's work on behalf of animals has garnered him a long list of awards from prestigious humane organizations across the country. In fact, a columnist wrote that Bob has become a part-time television host and a full-time animal rights activist. However, he assures his audiences that there is room in his busy life for both television and animals.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Richard Collins II <hugsarealwaysinorder@yahoo.com>

Spouse (1)

Dorothy Jo Gideon (12 January 1945 - 19 October 1981) (her death)

Trade Mark (4)

Always closes the show with the phrase, "Help Control The Pet Population, Have Your Pets Spayed Or Neutered."
Always uses a wired microphone with a marble top
White hair
The catchphrase "You're over!"

Trivia (103)

(September 20, 1999) Underwent surgery at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC, to clear a severe blockage in his left carotid artery, which carries blood to the brain.
Barker was in Washington, D.C. to meet with congressmen to try to get elephants banned from circuses and traveling shows.
In 1994, he was sued for sexual harassment by one of the models on The Price Is Right (1972).
From 1967 to 1988, Barker was the long-time host of Miss USA Beauty Pageant.
Graduated from Springfield Central High School in Springfield, Missouri, in 1941.
Hosted two of the longest-running game shows in television history. He hosted The New Truth and Consequences (1950) for 18 years, followed by The Price Is Right (1972) for 35 years, surpassing What's My Line? (1950), which had a 17-year run.
Barker and Syd Vinnedge, a senior executive with FremantleMedia (formerly Pearson Television) presented $500,000 to the Harvard Law School to fund courses on animal rights law. The gift is being given by FremantleMedia in honor of Barker's 30 years as host of The Price Is Right (1972) and his long involvement with the animal rights movement. FremantleMedia produces Barker's long-running CBS game show.
Broke the record set by Johnny Carson for hosting the same network TV show continuously, with 29 years, 7 months, 22 days as host of The Price Is Right (1972). [April 2002]
A Civil War buff.
Has a black belt in karate. Also earned a red belt in tang soo do karate under Chuck Norris.
December 1999: Had his Hollywood home - a 1929 5,000-sq.-ft. Spanish Colonial Revival-style house - designated a historic-cultural monument by the city of Los Angeles.
His father, Byron John Barker, a power-line foreman, died in 1929 from complications after falling off a pole.
Has a half-brother named Kent Valandra.
1987: He requested and received permission from The Price Is Right (1972) producers and network executives to stop coloring his hair and allow it to go gray, a move that met with approval from his fans.
6 weeks after recovering from a stroke, he was in another health crisis when he underwent prostate surgery at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., to remove his enlarged prostate. His third operation was so successful that he recovered just in time for him to go back to work. [July 2002]
He is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.
Enlisted in the United States Navy on November 24, 1942. Was assigned the service number 7033834 and became a naval aviation cadet on June 10, 1943. Was commissioned an ensign on December 6, 1944 and served on active duty until November 24, 1945. Was awarded the American Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal. Served as a Flight Officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Remained on the rolls of the Naval Reserve until December 7, 1960, when he was discharged from service as a lieutenant junior grade.
Appeared on The Wayne Brady Show (2002) for his 80th Birthday.
Appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show (1989) twice.
Had eight biggest winners in the 35 years of hosting The Price Is Right (1972): One was a contestant that had won $54,772 in cash/prizes, six years later (3 in the same year), a veteran Marine has won $65,261, in car/prizes, followed by a former Pepperdine University student who won $88,865 in cars/prizes, then, a mother who won $79,845 in cash/prizes. Three years later, a childhood hero of Barker's won $71,377, in prizes. Then, on his 5,000th show, a college student won $60,766 in car/prizes. Six years later, on his 6,000th show, the other contestant won $97,130 in cars/prizes, at the beginning of his final year, a University of Tennessee volleyball player/mother who won $147,517 in cash/prizes and a childhood hero of Barker's, who was born 9 days after the show's debut, won $140,235 on Barker's last appearance.
Before she became a game show hostess, Vanna White was one of his former contestants.
Is good friends with Rosie O'Donnell, and appeared on her show in 1998, shortly before his 75th birthday.
Created The Price Is Right (1972) pricing games "2 for the Price of 1," "Bonkers!," "Coming or Going," "Eazy az 1 2 3," "Let 'Em Roll," and "Triple Play.".
Was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in May 2004 by Dick Askin, Chairman & CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Askin is also President & CEO of Tribune Entertainment Company.
Is a huge sports fan. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and even martial arts.
Created and ran "The Bob Barker Fun and Games Show", which were personal appearances by him at parties and social events. They utilized aspects of his two shows, The New Truth and Consequences (1950) and The Price Is Right (1972). He did these until the mid-1980s.
The first game show that he produced was "Lucky Pair". It ran on local Southern California television and was the first game show hosted by Richard Dawson. Dawson would later become host of Family Feud (1976), which was also produced by Mark Goodson, who produced Barker's The Price Is Right (1972).
Won an MTV Movie Award for his fight scene with Adam Sandler in Happy Gilmore (1996), during which he uttered the immortal line, "Now you've had enough... bitch!".
On October 31, 2006, he announced his retirement as host of The Price Is Right (1972) effective in June, 2007. He later announced the date would be June 15th.
On stage after one of his last tapings as host of the Price is Right, he was given an award for his lifetime of animal activism from the spca-LA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles) by its President, Madeline Bernstein, and its honorary board member and celebrity animal ambassador, Vicki Roberts.
In 2006, he donated $1,000,000 to Georgetown University to endow a fund at its law school that will focus on the study of animal rights.
He was not the producers first choice to host The Price Is Right (1972). It was only when Mark Goodson found out that Bill Cullen had a great difficulty walking around the set because it was too strenuous for him.
On September 26, 2008, Springfield, MO named a street behind Drury University in honor of him. This street is called Bob Barker Boulevard.
Future psychologist Phil McGraw, and his wife, Robin McGraw, were both in the audience on The Price Is Right (1972), during their honeymoon in 1976. In 2007, Dr. Phil paid tribute to him at the The 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2007), which was aired after Barker's final episode.
Nine days after his birthday, and until Edwards' death in 2005, he would have luncheon with Ralph Edwards, every December 21 of each year, at 12:05 P.M.
Before she became a talk show hostess, Jenny Jones was one of his contestants. She also won several prizes.
Future The Price Is Right (1972) announcer, Rich Fields, said Barker was his childhood television hero.
Is a very good friend of another retired game show host Richard Dawson, who was also employed at Mark Goodson Productions, for 10 years, as host of Family Feud (1976).
Inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians in 2007.
Bob Barker is 1/8 Sioux.
Has a ship named after him that is owned and operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, whose donation of $5 million to the society facilitated the purchase of the ship. It first started operating for the group in late 2009/early 2010 in its campaign against whaling by Japanese fisheries.
Is the second television personality ever to have hosted a game show longer than anybody else in the business, behind Mike Wallace, but in-front of Vin Scully.
In 1931, when he was only age 7, Barker moved with his mother to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Mission, South Dakota.
Before he was a successful game show host, producer and animal rights activist, he was a radio disc jockey and announcer.
After his mother's second marriage, Barker's family moved to Springfield, Missouri.
When he was 15, his family moved to Springfield, Missouri, with his family.
Attended Todd County High School, in Mission, South Dakota, before attending Central High School in Springfield, Missouri, years later.
Played basketball in both his junior high and high school years.
Before he was a game show host, he was a news writer.
Graduated from Drury College, in Springfield, Missouri, with a degree in political science, in 1949, with honors.
Classmate of Jim Lowe.
After the original The Price Is Right (1972) producer, Frank Wayne passed away, Barker was promoted to executive producer of the show for 19 years, until his retirement in 2007.
Best known by the public as host of The New Truth and Consequences (1950) and The Price Is Right (1972).
Was Ralph Edwards's first choice as host of The New Truth and Consequences (1950). When Edwards was tired of doing double duty for two shows (the other one being This Is Your Life (1952)), he asked Barker to host it, which launched Barker's 55-year career in game shows.
Ranked #1 as GSN's Top 10 Game Show Hosts of All Time.
Collapsed at an L.A. shooting range. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was treated for an adverse drug reaction and released. [17 September 2010].
On the very first episode of The Price Is Right (1972), a contestant who played the game, 'Any Number,' won a Chevrolet Vega, whose price was $2,746.
Long before Chuck Norris was a successful actor, he made a guest appearance with Barker on The New Truth and Consequences (1950), where Barker first met him.
He became a vegetarian in 1979, out of concern for animals.
After fellow game show host Richard Dawson left the second incarnation of Match Game 73 (1973), Barker sat in his former place for the entire week, on the first week.
On the premiere episode of The Price Is Right (1972), the first three games he got the contestants to play separately were: 'Any Number,' 'Bonus Game,' and 'Double Prices.'.
Had missed only 4 tapings of The Price Is Right (1972) due to illness. Dennis James substituted for him for almost a week in 1974.
Before Marjorie Goodson-Cutt co-hosted Classic Concentration (1987) which was produced by her father, Mark Goodson, she appeared on Barker's show The Price Is Right (1972), dancing in a showcase skit.
Ranked #1 on Life's 15 Best Game Show Hosts.
Another game show that he produced was "Lucky Numbers". It ran on local Southern California television and was hosted by former actor and disc jockey Geoff Edwards.
Mentor and friend of Roger Dobkowitz and Rich Fields.
Was the most frequent guest on Dinah! (1974). On that show, he was doing original stunts from The New Truth and Consequences (1950).
Inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 1980.
Did not participate in the 40th Anniversary Special of The Price Is Right (1972).
After his 35-year stint as host of The Price Is Right (1972), he retired from hosting game shows, in June 2007, at age 83. Prior to his retirement, Barker made a cameo appearance with Drew Carey to promote his book, 'Priceless Moments,' when he was featured in the showcase, in 2009.
At age 26, Barker moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1950, to pursue a career in Broadcasting.
When one of Chuck Woolery's three sons, Chad, had died in a motorcycle accident in 1986, he wrote a letter to Woolery, expressing his condolences.
Release of his autobiography, "Priceless Memories" by Bob with Digby Diehl.
Announces intentions to retire from The Price Is Right (1972) in June 2007 after thirty five years on the series and fifty years on television. [October 2006]
The first Double Showcase Winner on The Price Is Right (1972), was a newlywed, who won a car in 'Any Number.'.
Is the only The Price Is Right (1972) host, not to give the 'Mountain Climber' any names, as either Hans or Fritz, in the pricing game, 'Cliff Hangers.'.
In 2013, Barker made a guest appearance on The Price Is Right (1972) with Drew Carey to celebrate his 90th Birthday.
Had a contestant on The Price Is Right (1972) who won $42,695 in cash and prizes, who also won $5,000 on Punchboard and $11,000 on the Big Wheel.
Met fellow game show hosts Wink Martindale and Jim Lange, while working in the Chuck Barris Studios, in Los Angeles, California, prior to becoming a game show host in 1967. The other host in the same studio was Bob Eubanks.
On The Price Is Right (1972), Barker's producers changed the design of the bag to make it harder for contestants to "peek" at the disks, and they probably figured that was enough of a security. Also from this point until the mid-90s, Bob would often instruct the contestant to 'not look at the number until you have it clear out of the bag.'.
On a taping of The Price Is Right (1972), he had a contestant playing 3 Strikes Plus, where somebody partially drew a chip out of the bag, then quickly put it back in before anyone else could see what it was. A few seconds later, the contestant drew the number and won. Although the show's staff has never publicly accused the contestant of cheating, 3 Strikes Plus, was not to be played again.
During his 35-year-run of The Price Is Right (1972), Barker had 82 winning contestants, who were also "Double Showcase Winners.".
His former The Price Is Right (1972) producer Roger Dobkowitz, along with his wife, Valerie Dobkowitz, occasionally go out dining with him, since retirement.
His mother, Matilda Valandra, died on February 26, 1989. She lived to be 92.
Had a weekly show for Southern California Edison, the electric power company, which aired locally on CBS. With Dorothy Jo, who was his producer, he traveled to two cities a day to visit Edison's "Electric Living Centers," where he interviewed homemakers about the latest electrical wonders.
On one of the tapings of The Price Is Right (1972), a young lady had unfortunately chosen to wear a tiny tube top that warm day in 1977, when she sat in the studio audience awaiting that fateful call. When Johnny Olson called her name, she did that and more. As she bounded down the stairs, she was blissfully unaware that her top had slid down to a precarious level. When Barker eventually took the stage, he suspected that the cheers, hoots and hollers were not necessarily directed towards him.
It was his late wife, Dorothy Jo, who had a love for animals, before Barker followed her.
Does not sing, act nor dance.
Was a semi-regular on Dinah! (1974). The most coincidental thing is her show was taped in the same studio as The Price Is Right (1972). Even more incredible was Barker did original stunts on The New Truth and Consequences (1950), on her show.
Long lives ran in his family.
His birthplace, Darrington, Washington, is 46 miles, north of Everett, Washington.
Like fellow game show hosts, Bill Cullen and Wink Martindale, Barker was known to be a very busy television personality.
Was a spokesperson for the public service announcement, promoting the transition to Digital Television in the United States. The advertisement was produced under the first proposed date of February 16, 2009, for the transition.
Hobbies: golfing, karate, dining out, pets, gardening and playing games.
Barker's long life has contributed to exercising, eating vegetables and genetics.
Never had any children.
As a young man, he used to listen to Bill Cullen's very first radio show.
His wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon Barker, died on October 19, 1981, at age 57.
Was a spokesperson for the public service announcement, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), in 2011.
Is a Republican.
His idol was Buddy Ebsen. In fact, when Barker was growing up, he was a huge fan of his.
He is known to be a very private man.

Personal Quotes (10)

Don't go to them, do not go to movies in which there are animals, because if you do, you are subsidizing animal cruelty.
I'm a vegetarian - I think there's a strong possibility, had I not become a vegetarian, I would not be working now. I became a vegetarian about 25 years ago, and I did it out of concern for animals. But I immediately began having more energy and feeling better.
You cannot accept that . . . when you see animals in pictures, you are putting them at risk.
[about his decision to stop coloring his hair during the 1987-1988 season] The producers and executives at CBS were very hesitant about it initially, but I knew that a change had to be made. Once my hair was starting to look more red and yellow than brown, I knew that the days of getting my hair to have its natural color were long gone and it was time to face the facts that I was getting older. Though it surprised and shocked fans initially when I let my hair go gray, they stuck behind me and the show stayed strong.
[about how he would do if he was a contestant instead of the host on The Price Is Right (1972)] I don't do my own shopping, my housekeeper does that for me, so I'd be doomed if I was a contestant on the show.
[about when he will retire from The Price Is Right (1972)] I don't know what else I would do. I don't have a family to look after and my wife [Dorothy Jo] has passed on to a better place. I love my job, as long as I enjoy coming to work everyday and have a bounce in my step, I'll keep doing it.
[when he wasn't familiar with Drew Carey's performances for his choosing as his own replacement on The Price Is Right (1972) in 2007]: I understand he ad-libs very well and that he has a very nice, friendly way of working, and I think both of those would be helpful to him on 'The Price Is Right.'
On the birth of the 1,200-ton anti-whaling ship, The Bob Barker: Paul Watson said he thought he could put the Japanese whaling fleet out of business if he had $5 million. I said, 'I think you do have the skills to do that, and I have $5 million, so let's get it on,' so that's what we did.
I can tell you that I'd rather be kissed by my dogs than by some people I've known.
[on 'The Price is Right' offering a trip to the Calgary Stampede as a prize] If I had been there, it would never in the world have happened. This Calgary Stampede is just an egregious example of inhumane treatment for animals. To give that prize away, I think, is disgusting.

Salary (1)

The New Price Is Right (1972) $10,000,000 /year (2007)

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