Bob Barker

Game Show Host

Born: 12 December 1923
Birthplace: Darrington, Washington
Best known as: The host of TV's The Price Is Right, 1972-2007

Bob Barker hosted the TV game show The Price is Right for a remarkable 35 years, from 1972-2007. Bob Barker was already a veteran game show host: he had been the host of TV's Truth or Consequences for 18 years before he signed on to host The Price Is Right in 1972. (He succeeded the original host, Bill Cullen.) The show, in which contestants try to guess the price of potential prizes, became the longest-running game show in television history. Bob Barker won 12 Daytime Emmys for his hosting and producing talents, and was given a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement award in 1999. Barker is also a well-known advocate for animal welfare and animal rights; for years he ended The Price is Right telecasts with a reminder to viewers to spay and neuter their pets. At age 83, Bob Barker taped his final The Price Is Right episode on 6 June 2007; the episode aired on 15 June 2007. He was succeeded as host by comedian Drew Carey. Bob Barker published a memoir, Priceless Memories, in 2009.

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Bob Barker earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. He was a Navy pilot during World War II, though he did not fly in combat… Bob Barker was married to the former Dorothy Jo Gideon from 1945 until her death in 1981; they had no children… Barker was sued for sexual harassment in 1994 by Dian Parkinson, a longtime The Price is Right showcase model. She later dropped the suit, but other TPIR employees sued Barker in the aftermath… Barker had a memorable gag fistfight with Adam Sandler in the 1986 film Happy Gilmore… Barker’s longtime announcer on TPIR was Rod Roddy.

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