Bob Barker is a retired TV game show host and he was a marine fighter pilot during ‘World War II.’ He started out in entertainment in 1950 with his own radio show, The Bob Barker Show. After graduation, he decided to make a career in broadcasting. He moved to California in search of more chances. Soon, he had his own radio show titled ‘The Bob Barker Show’ that aired for six years. Ralph Edwards, a radio show producer, made him the host of ‘End of the Rainbow’ which supported him in his career. Afterward, he became the host of NBC’s ‘Truth or Consequences’ and hosted it for 18 years.
Although Barker is renowned for hosting ‘Truth or Consequences,’ he is more famous as the host of another game show, ‘The Price Is Right.’ The show became a hit as viewers loved the friendly and sweet-talking host. He conducted the game show for 35 years. He won 16 ‘Emmy Awards,’ including the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Daytime Television.’ Throughout his illustrious career as a television host, he was associated with many shows, such as ‘End of the Rainbow,’ ‘Simon Says,’ ‘The Family Game,’ and ‘That’s my line.’ The popular television personality continues to be an active supporter of animal rights and has donated millions of dollars towards animal welfare.
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He was born in Darrington, WA. He spent most of his young age on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where his mother was a school teacher. His family moved to Springfield, Missouri. He attended high school and Drury College on a basketball scholarship. World War II disturbed his studies, so he joined the US Navy, as a fighter pilot. Later he was assigned to a seagoing squadron before the war ended.
Barker returned to Drury and took a job at a local radio station to help finance his studies. In this radio station, he discovered that what he did best was to host audience participation shows. He graduates summa cum laude with a degree in economics, then 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”.
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Wife/ Spouse and Children/ Kids
On January 12, 1945, Barker married to Dorothy Jo Gideon. The couple firstly met in high school. The couple stayed together, but his wife Dorothy Jo Gideon dead in 1981 from cancer. The couple does not have any children.
‘The Price Is Right’
Barker had taken on the hosting duties of another game show, Before his run on Truth or Consequences ended, The Price Is Right. The Price Is Right had aired on NBC and ABC before finding a home since 1950, at the time of Barker’s arrival in 1972, on CBS.
- This show featured approx 60 different games. Each of these required the contestants to guess the price of various products and ranging from cutlery to luxury cars.
- The show was a hit, due in no small part to the catchphrase, “Come on down!” bellowed by the show’s original announcer, the late Johnny Olson. To the incredible number of prizes awarded by the jovial, smooth-talking Barker (estimated at a total value of approx $200 million from 1972 to 1999).
- In November 1975, The Price Is Right became the first hour-long game show in TV history.
- In 1990, it beats Truth or Consequences as the longest-running daytime game show in history.
- His reign on The Price Is Right forced to his arrival at the center of numerous other prominent programs, including the Pillsbury Bake-Off, which he worked from 1969 to 1985, and the annual New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade, which he hosted from 1969 to 1988.
- In 1980 he appeared as the host of a short-lived variety show, That’s My Line, developed by the creators of What’s My Line, TV’s longest-running primetime game show.
- In 1996 Barker appeared on the big screen when he played himself in Happy Gilmore, a comedy starring Adam Sandler. In a memorable sequence, he and Sandler get into a brawl at a celebrity golf tournament; the scene won an award for “Best Fight Sequence” at the MTV Movie Awards that year.
- In 1996, Barker won an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
- In 2006, he announced his retirement from hosting The Price Is Right. He was holding the job for nearly 35 years. His last episode aired in June 2007.
- Barker ended every show reminding the public of animal welfare, stating: “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.”
‘Animal Rights Activist’
The unwavering Barker also hosted the Miss Universe and Miss U.S.A. pageants every year from 1966 to 1988, when he became involved in an argument with the organizers of Miss U.S.A. over an issue that had become dear to his heart: animal rights.
Barker refused to host the pageants after promoters refused to remove fur coats from the prize packages received by the winners, as he had requested. His support of animal rights concluded in his founding of the DJ&T Foundation in 1995, an organization based in Beverly Hills that works to reduce the overpopulation of pet animals by providing free or inexpensive castration for cats and dogs.
Barker named the DJ&T Foundation for his wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon, and her mother, Tilly. Gideon contributed her husband’s game shows until her death, in 1981, from cancer. In October 2013, Barker spent almost $1 million to get three African elephants from the Toronto Zoo to PAWS, an animal holy place in California.
The Toronto City Council allowed for their removal in 2011 after activists such as Barker voiced their interests about having large animals held within zoos. With the addition of Toka, Thika, and Iringa, the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s ARK 2000 compound has a total of 9 elephants.
Special Visit to ‘The Price Is Right’
Barker made a surprise return visit to The Price Is Right as an April Fool’s joke on April 1, 2015. It was his first presence since he had turned 90 in 2013.
“I know the world is full of fools, but I am a carefully selected fool,” Barker joked about being back on the game show, of which he had hosted for over 3 decades.
Bob Barker has written his autobiography, titled Priceless Memories. It was published on April 6, 2009, and features stories from his early life as well as stories and experiences in the 50 years of his television career.
Facts About Bob Barker
- Does Bob Barker smoke?: No
- Does Bob Barker drink alcohol?: Not Known
- He was born in Washington on December 12, 1923, but he moved to Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota when he was eight years old and then again, finally relocated to Springfield, Missouri with his family.
- In 1929, Bob’s father Byron Barker fell from the top of a tower and suffered an injury and later succumbed to his injuries the same year.
- Bob went to serve in World War II as a fighter pilot in the Navy in the midst of his education in Drury College, but after the war ended, he returned back to his studies.
- He appeared in the episode called “Denver McKee” and played a character named Mort.
- He got married to Dorothy Jo in 1945 with whom he met in high school, but unfortunately, their marriage ended in 1981 when Dorothy Jo died of lung cancer and he never remarried again.
- Barker has a rabbit named “Mr. Rabbit,” who is 10 and a half years old; such an old rabbit is rarely found. Bob Barker WIth His Rabbit
- He is a crazy pet lover and had a dog named “Jesse” also, but he suffered from cancer and is no more.
- In 1972, he started hosting the game show “The Price Is Right,” which became the TV’s longest-running game show in the air.
- The enthusiastic Barker also hosted the Miss Universe and Miss U.S.A. show every year from 1966 to 1988 but left the time he got involved in a dispute with the organizers of the show. He fought for animal rights but they refused to remove fur coats from the prize packages, which was honored to the winners.
- He is a fitness freak and exercises every day and is also very much conscious regarding his diet-routine.
- In 1995, he founded the “DJ&T Foundation” and named it in the memory of his late wife, Dorothy Jo, and his mother, Matilda ‘Tilly’ Valandra. This foundation focuses on giving funds to low-cost animal clinics.
- Bob became a vegetarian around 30 years ago and advises others to become vegetarian too. In his interview with PETA, he explains how giving up meat can keep your mind sharp and help reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s disease.
- At the age of 83, Barker has the record for being the oldest man to host a game show, and the oldest man to have hosted a weekday television program.
- Surprisingly, he’s been on television now for 50 years.
- He is an animal rights activist and has stopped giving out fur coats as prizes in The Price is Right Show.
- He underwent surgery to clear the blockage in his left carotid artery that carries blood to the brain on September 20, 1999, at George Washington University Hospital in Washington D. C.
- On July 8, 2004, Bob Barker Statue was established at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza.
- Bob is so much in love with animals that at the end of every episode of “The Price is Right,” he inculcates these words into viewers’ minds “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.”
- He won the Lifetime Achievement Award for Daytime Television in 1999 at the 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
- He received the WWE Slammy Award for Best Raw Guest Host on December 14, 2009.
- A tribute was given to Bob Barker on The Game Show Awards 2009.
- He got trained by Chuck Norris and earned a black belt, and practice martial arts almost daily.
Other Accolades Include The Gsn Lifetime Achievement Award And Time Magazine’s Greatest Game Show Host Of All-time. His Autobiography ‘priceless Memories’ Was Published In 2009. Barker Is About 6Ft 1In Tall And He’s Of Native American Descent. His Net Worth Is Estimated At $80 Million.
Barker Was Born On December 12, 1923, In Darrington, Washington, And Spent Most Of His Youth On The Rosebud Indian Reservation In Mission, South Dakota. The U.S. Indian Census Rolls, 1885–1940, List Barker As An Official Member Of The Sioux Tribe. Barker Is One-eighth Sioux.
Bob Barker Is A Vegetarian Us Tv Show Host, He Retired As An American Tv Show Host In 2007. He Has Advocated Rights For Animals As A Long Time Vegetarian.