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.
|Dorothy Jo Gideon||(12 January 1945 - 19 October 1981) (her death)|
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
The catchphrase "You're over!"
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.
Was in Washington 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).
Long-time host of Miss USA Beauty Pageant.
Attended Springfield Central High School and graduated 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. 
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. [11 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 five biggest winners in the 35 years of hosting "The Price Is Right" (1972): one was a mother who won $79,845 in cash/prizes, after a former Pepperdine University student who won $88,865 in cars/prizes, twelve 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).
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) (TV), 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.
Inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians in 2007.
Bob Barker is 1/8 Sioux.
Friends with: Bill Cullen, Dick Van Dyke, Gene Rayburn, Charles Nelson Reilly, Alex Trebek, Bob Eubanks, Bob Goen, Geoff Edwards, Wink Martindale, Richard Dawson, Pat Sajak, Pat Finn, Peter Marshall, Monty Hall, Jim Perry, Jim Lange, Chuck Woolery, Chuck Norris, Mike Wallace, Joan Rivers, Larry King, Céline Dion, Rosie O'Donnell, Carol Burnett and Adam Sandler.
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.
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.
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.
Graduated from Drury College, in Springfield, Missouri, with a degree in political science, in 1949, with honors.
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.
He became a vegetarian in 1979.
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.'.
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.
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.
|"The Price Is Right" (1972)||$10,000,000/year (2007)|
(October 2006) 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.
(2009) Release of his autobiography, "Priceless Memories" by Bob with Digby Diehl.
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