Bob Barker Biography

Bob Barker is a former American game show host, best known for CBS’s ‘The Price Is Right’. This biography profiles his childhood, life, career, achievements & timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: December 12, 1923

Nationality: American

Famous: Entertainers American Men

Also Known As: Robert William Barker

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Age: 94 Years

Born in: Darrington, Washington, U.S.

Famous as: Television Game Show Host

Height: 1.85 m

Spouse/Ex-: Dorothy Jo Gideon (m. 1945–1981)

father: Byron John Barker,

mother: Matilda Kent Tarleton

siblings: Kent Valandra

Ideology: Republicans

Founder/Co-Founder: DJ&T Foundation,

Net worth: $70 million as of May 2, 2017

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education: Central High School (1941), Drury University, Central High School

awards: - MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
- Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show
1982 - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host

2009 - WWE Slammy Award for Best Raw Guest Host
2009 - Lifetime Achievement Award

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Bob Barker, the iconic game show host, was a naval fighter pilot during the World War II. After graduation, he decided on a career in broadcasting and moved to California in search of more opportunities. Soon, he had his own radio show, ‘The Bob Barker Show’ that aired for 6 years. Thanks to Ralph Edwards, a radio show producer, who made him the host of ‘End of the Rainbow’ that helped his career to take off. He became the host of the NBC’s ‘Truth and Consequences’, around this time and was its host for 18 years. He is more famous, however, as the host of another game show, ‘The Price Is Right’. The show became a hit not only because of the prizes that it offered, but also because the viewers loved the friendly and sweet-talking host. He conducted the game show for 35 years and won 19 Emmys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Daytime Television. As a host, he was associated with many shows such as ‘End of the Rainbow’, ‘The Family Game’ ‘Simon Says’ and ‘That’s my Line’, over his long career in television. The nonagenarian television personality continues to be an active supporter of animal rights, and has donated millions of dollars towards animal welfare.

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Bob Barker
Childhood & Early Life
  • Bob Barker was born to Matilda Valandra, a school teacher, and Byron John Barker, an electrical lineman. At six, Bob lost his father when he fell from a tower, after which his mother remarried.
  • He has a half –brother, Kent Valandra from his mother’s second marriage. The family moved to Springfield, Missouri. In 1941, he passed out of Central High School.
  • He enrolled in Springfield's Drury College on a basketball scholarship. During WW II, he was a fighter pilot with the U.S Navy. After the war, he obtained an Economics degree, with honors, from Drury.
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Career
  • As a college student, he was employed at KTTS-FM Radio. In 1950, he shifted to California, where he hosted his own radio show, ‘The Bob Barker Show’ for six years.
  • While hosting a radio-show on KNX (AM) in L.A, he caught the attention of radio show producer, Ralph Edwards, who liked the voice and the way he interacted with his audience.
  • He hosted, ‘End of the Rainbow’, on NBC from 1957 to 1958. Along with co-host Art Baker, he would visit places and bring pleasant surprises to people who were desperate for help.
  • In 1967, he hosted on ABC, another short-lived show, ‘The Family Game’, which involved asking children-contestants questions on their families; their parents had to guess the answers.
  • In the pilot series for NBC’s ‘Simon Says’, in 1971, he had to interact with a huge computer called Simon. The series was produced by DUNDAS Production’s Wesley J. Cox.
  • Starting 1980, he hosted a series ‘That’s my Line’. Similar to ‘That's Incredible!’, the program was about amazing and extraordinary stunts, but was discontinued in its second season.
  • He produced and hosted, ‘The Bob Barker Fun and Games Show’, between 1978 and 1986. It was a blend of Truth or Consequences and ‘The Price Is Right’.
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  • In the 1996 comedy, ‘Happy Gilmore’, starring Adam Sandler, Barker played himself. His altercation with Sandler in the film won an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight.
  • After his retirement from ‘The Price Is Right’, he made two guest appearances on the show to promote his autobiography, ‘Priceless Memories’, and to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2013.
  • He was invited to numerous talk shows including ‘Dinah!’, ‘Larry King Live’, ‘The Rosie O'Donnell Show’, ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, ‘The Wayne Brady Show’, and ‘The Late Show’ with David Letterman.
  • He had a minor role in the sitcom, ‘Something So Right’ and cameos in TV serials including ‘The Nanny’, ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother’.
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Major Works
  • Between 1956 and 1974, Barker hosted the TV show, ‘Truth or Consequences’, which mixed quizzing with fun and crazy acts. His trademark salute at the end of the show became part of television lore.
  • Between 1972 and 2007, he hosted ‘The Price Is Right’ on CBS. This game show is the longest running game show ever in North America, and the sixth among the longest and continuing daytime television programs.
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Awards
  • Barker won 12 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host for ‘The New Price is Right’ and four Emmys as its executive producer. He was given the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award for Daytime Television.
  • Between 2004 and 2008, he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame, the Hall of Famous Missourians, and the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Bob Barker was married to Dorothy Jo Gideon from 1945 to 1981. He converted to vegetarianism and would end every episode of ‘The Price Is Right’ with an animal rights message.
  • He founded the ‘DJ&T Foundation’, in 1994; it has funded many animal neutering and rescue programs, and has supported the United Activists for Animal Rights.
  • Barker donated $1 million to Columbia University School of Law towards the study of animal rights, and another $2.5 million to PETA for establishing a new office in Los Angeles.
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Trivia
  • This game show host, a crusader for animal rights, stepped down as host of Miss USA/Universe Pageants, when its organizers refused to agree to his request for the removal of fur prizes.
  • Ranked No. 1 in a list of 15 Best Game Show Hosts compiled by Life, he missed only 4 tapings of ‘The Price Is Right’ in his 35-year long career as its host.
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