Bob Barker

TV host, Producer, Actor
From his uncannily appropriate name to his middle-aged model good looks, Bob Barker embodied the image of the ultimate TV game show host for generations of viewers. As the iconic host of "The Price is Right" (CBS, 1972 ... Read more »
Born: 12/11/1923 in Darrington, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (53)

The Bold and the Beautiful 1986 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Lion Ark 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

How I Met Your Mother 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martial Law 1972 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Something So Right 1972 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1972 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Price Is Right 1972 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Price is Right $1,000,000 Spectacular 1972 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2001, 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Price is Right Salutes the U.S. Air Force 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Price is Right Salutes the U.S. Navy 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Price Is Right 30th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz: 50 States 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Yes, Dear 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Futurama 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: 50 Years of Funny Flubs and Screw Ups 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Gilmore 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of Adam Sandler's Video 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Price Is Right 25th Anniversary Special 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

1987 Miss USA Pageant 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1987 Miss Universe Pageant 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1986 Miss USA Pageant 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1986 Miss Universe Pageant 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Price Is Right Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1985 Miss USA Pageant 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1985 Miss Universe Pageant 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Funniest Game Show Moments 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1984 Miss USA Pageant 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1984 Miss Universe Pageant 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

That's My Line 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Price Is Right 1972 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Cracked Nuts (Movie)

Waiter (Actor)

Jackass Mail (Movie)

Storekeeper (Actor)

The Patsy Awards (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

From his uncannily appropriate name to his middle-aged model good looks, Bob Barker embodied the image of the ultimate TV game show host for generations of viewers. As the iconic host of "The Price is Right" (CBS, 1972- ), Barker's masterful blend of showmanship and promotion helped spark capitalist America's enduring fascination with the game show genre. Blessed with a playful wit and genial on-air style, the seemingly ageless host perfected the formula of playing tempter, comic foil and nursemaid all in one, setting the standard for all future game show emcees to follow.

Relationships

Matilda Kent Barker Valandra

Mother
taught school on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota after husband's death later became the superintendent of schools for Todd County, South Dakota

Byron Barker

Father
died in 1930 from complications after a fall from a pole

Dorothy Barker

Wife
high school sweethearts married from January 12, 1945 until her death in October 1981 from cancer at age 57

Nancy Burnet

Companion
has had on-again, off-again relationship since 1983

Dian Parkinson

Companion
born c. 1946 worked on "Price Is Right" began relationship in 1989 which ended in 1991 in 1994, she filed an $8 million lawsuit alleging sexual harassment Barker held press conference to deny charges Parkinson withdrew the suit in 1995

Louis Valandra

Step-Father

Kent Valandra

Half-Brother
born c. 1948

EDUCATION

Drury College

Springfield , Missouri 1947
graduated summa cum laude; was also president of his senior class

Central High School

Springfield , Missouri
met future wife

Milestones

2003

Featured on the televised special "CBS at 75"

2001

Landed recurring guest voiceover role on the Fox animated sitcom "Family Guy"

2000

Guest starred on the "Futurama" (Fox) episode titled "Lesser of Two Evils"

1999

Hospitalized in September and underwent emergency surgery for a blocked artery

1996

Played the father of Mel Harris' character on a few episodes of the NBC sitcom "Something So Right"

1996

Made feature acting debut, playing himself in the Adam Sandler comedy "Happy Gilmore"

1994

Gained attention in the tabloids for allegedly having an affair with Dian Parkinson, one of the regular models on "The Price Is Right"

1987

Attracted attention when he refused host a "Miss USA Pageant" after he found out furs were part of the swimsuit competition (date approximate)

1986

Hosted "The Price Is Right Special," a six-week primetime version of the daytime game show

1980

Hosted the short-lived CBS magazine show "That's My Line," highlighting the unusual occupations of ordinary people

1979

TV movie debut, "Overlanders" (Syndicated)

1978

Began semi-regular live show "The Bob Barker Fun and Games Show," which toured throughout the U.S. and Canada

1972

Hosted the popular CBS daytime game show "The Price is Right"; also served as executive producer; changed format from a half hour to an hour long show in 1975; when he retired after 35 years as host it was the longest running game show

1968

Narrated "The Tournament of Roses Parade" on CBS

1967

Hosted the ABC game show "The Family Game"

1958

Hosted the short-lived NBC game show "End of the Rainbow"

1956

Hosted the (initially) NBC and (later) syndicated quiz show "Truth or Consequences" for 18 seasons

1942

Enlisted in the Navy during WWII; served in the Naval Reserve; was an aviation cadet and awaiting assignment to a squadron heading overseas when the war ended

Raised near the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where his mother taught school

Worked for radio station KTTS in Springfield, MO while he finished his studies in college

Moved to Palm Beach, FL after graduating to work for radio station WWPG

Family later moved to Springfield, MO, where Barker attended high school and college

First TV work, hosting the show "Your Big Moment" for a local California station

Developed the high school talent show "Talent in High" in collaboration with his wife

Moved to Los Angeles after about a year; hosted "The Bob Barker Show" for radio station KWIK in Burbank, CA

Served as master of ceremonies for the "Miss Universe Pageant" and the "Miss USA Pageant"

Hosted the annual "Pillsbury Bake-Off"; also produced a number of the culinary competitions for TV

Bonus Trivia

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Barker devoted a great deal of time and energy to animal rights causes.

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He received the Carbon Mike Award given by Pioneer Broadcasters.

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Barker was named one of America's Ten Best Dressed Men by the Custom Tailors Guild of America.

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Barker became a vegetarian in 1979.

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During the first ten years of "The Price Is Right," fur coats were often featured as prizes. After Barker became involved in animal rights causes, he insisted that the show not offer prizes that harmed animals, a demand to which CBS agreed. Animals and fur coats have not since been offered on the program.

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Dian Parkinson, a prize model for "The Price Is Right" from 1975 to 1993, filed an $8 million lawsuit against Barker for sexual harassment. Barker admitted that he had sexual relations with Parkinson but denied any harassment. Barker claimed their relationship was consensual. Parkinson declared herself no financial match to Barker and his resources and gave up her legal fight with him in 1995.

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Since 1996, Barker has been sued by six women for charges including Sexual Harassment, Racial Discrimination and Wrongful Termination. To date, most of all the women received out-of-court financial settlements.

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In 1995, Holly Hallstrom, a model from 1977 to 1995, stated that she had gained 14 pounds due to a prescription medication and that Barker used the weight gain as an excuse to fire her, which he denied. Hallstrom alleged that the real reason Barker fired her was because she had refused to support Barker when Parkinson sued him for sexual harassment. Barker responded with a lawsuit for slander and libel, Barker v. Hallstrom, claiming Hallstrom was lying, but the court declared Hallstrom the prevailing party and ordered Plaintiff Barker to pay all of her legal fees. Hallstrom counter-sued Barker and in October 2005, she received a multimillion dollar out-of-court settlement.

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"Am I vain? Yes. But I have a lot less to be vain about than I used to." – Barker quoted in People, Sept. 9, 1999

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