|Born||Robert William Barker
December 12, 1923
Darrington, Washington, U.S.
|Occupation||Game show host|
|Spouse||Dorothy Jo Gideon
(m.1945–81; her death)
Robert William "Bob" Barker (born December 12, 1923) is an American retired television game show host and animal rights activist. He is best known for hosting CBS's The Price is Right from 1972 to 2007 and for hosting Truth or Consequences from 1956 to 1974.
Early life[change | change source]
Career[change | change source]
Barker started hosting Truth or Consequences on December 31, 1956 and continued with the program until 1974. On December 4, 1957, Barker began hosting a new Ralph Edwards creation, the short-lived End of the Rainbow for NBC. In 1967, Barker hosted the short-lived game show The Family Game. In 1971, Barker began creating a TV pilot for a game show called Simon Says. In 1980, Barker hosted a series called That's My Line for Goodson-Todman. It was cancelled in September 1981.
The Price is Right[change | change source]
On September 4, 1972, Barker began hosting the CBS revival of The Price Is Right. On October 15, 1987, Barker did what other MCs almost never did: renounced hair dye and allowed his hair to turn gray.
In 2006, The Price Is Right marked its 35th consecutive year on the air. It is the longest-running game show of all time in North America, and at the time was the last surviving show in the daytime game show genre.
Movies[change | change source]
Awards[change | change source]
Personal life[change | change source]
Barker married Dorothy Jo Gideon in 1945. They had three children. Barker lives in Los Angeles, California. Despite retiring from television, Barker is an active animal rights activist. In 1993, Dian Parkinson sued Barker for sexual harassment. She asked for $8 million during the lawsuit. The lawsuit was dropped in 1995.
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Longevity[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. (4th edition) Penguin Books. p. 867. ISBN 978-0140249163.
- McNeil, p. 671
- Keveney, Bill (November 1, 2006). "Bob Barker, 82, to retire". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2006-10-31-bob-barker_x.htm?POE=LIFISVA. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- Adalian, Josef (May 22, 2007). "Barker's final 'Price' airing June 15". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117965636.html?categoryId=14&cs=1. Retrieved May 24, 2007.
- "Filmreference Bob Barker Biography (1923–)". http://www.filmreference.com/film/98/Bob-Barker.html.
- "Bob Barker Has Skin Cancer Again". CBS News. February 11, 2009. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/05/02/entertainment/main692422.shtml. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- "Bob Barker hospitalized after collapsing in LA shooting range". Allvoices.com. September 17, 2010. http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/6786072-bob-barker-hospitalized-after-collapsing-in-la-shooting-range. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- "Bob Barker Fast Facts". CNN.com. http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/24/us/bob-barker-fast-facts/index.html. Retrieved February 8, 2014.