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For 35 years Bob Barker had been the host of The Price Is Right (1972) game show. Not only is it the highest-rated daytime game show, it's also the longest-running game show in TV history, surpassing the prime-time hit What's My Line? (1950), which ran for 18 years. He also served the show's executive producer since 1987. Named the most popular game show host of all time in a national poll, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Daytime Television in 1999. Although he has graced our television screen for more than four decades, his career continues at full circle. In 1996 he made his motion picture debut in Universal Pictures' Happy Gilmore (1996), in which he played himself with Adam Sandler. His real acting debut, however, came when he was asked to play Mel Harris' father in NBC's Something So Right (1996). Another honor came when one of the most historic sites in the history of television, Stage 33 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, was re-dedicated as the Bob Barker Studio in ceremonies following the taping of the 5,000th episode of "The Price is Right", on March 11, 1998. Barker is the first performer to whom CBS has ever dedicated a stage. Barker was born in Darrington, WA, and spent most of his youth on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where his mother was a schoolteacher. His family eventually moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he attended high school and Drury College on a basketball scholarship. World War II interrupted his studies and he joined the US Navy, becoming a fighter pilot, but the war ended before he was assigned to a seagoing squadron. Following his discharge Barker returned to Drury and took a job at a local radio station to help finance his studies. It was there he discovered that what he did best was to host audience participation shows. After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in economics, 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". He made his debut in 1956 on national television as the host of the popular The New Truth and Consequences (1950). Ralph Edwards, the show's originator, had sold the show to NBC as a daytime strip, but he had not chosen a host. He auditioned other hosts in Hollywood and New York for weeks, but when he heard "The Bob Barker Show" on his car radio, he knew he had found the man for the job. Proving that Edwards had chosen him wisely, Barker hosted "Truth or Consequences" for an unbelievable 18 years, and he and Edwards remain close friends to this day. They drink a toast at lunch every December 21st to celebrate the day in 1956 when Edwards notified him that he was going to become the host of "Truth or Consequences". Barker has been twice named in the Guinness Book of World Records as television's "Most Durable Performer," at 3,524 shows, and "Most Generous Host in Television history" for awarding $55 million in prizes on his various shows. During the ensuing years the $55-million figure has increased to more than $200 million. He has won 11 Emmys as a Game Show Host, more than any other performer, and 2 more as Executive Producer of "The Price is Right". He also was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, for a total of 14, and won 2 additional awards, for a total of 16 Emmys. He has also received the coveted Carbon Mike Award of the Pioneer of Broadcasters. In 1978 he developed "The Bob Barker Fun & Games Show", a series of personal appearances that attracted record-breaking audiences throughout the US and Canada. He also established the DJ&T Foundation in Beverly Hills, California, the purpose of which is to help control the dog and cat population. He is funding the foundation through his own resources to support low-cost or free spay/neuter clinics. This foundation is named in memory of his wife, Dorothy Jo, and his mother, Matilda (Tilly) Valandra, both of whom loved animals. Barker's work on behalf of animals has garnered him a long list of awards from prestigious humane organizations across the country. In fact, a columnist wrote that Bob has become a part-time television host and a full-time animal rights activist. However, he assures his audiences that there is room in his busy life for both television and animals.  See full bio on IMDb »

Ambulance Called to Bob Barker's Home After Nasty Slip and Fall

Bob Barker
Ambulance Called to Home After Nasty Slip & Fall

Bob Barker has had another health scare at his L.A. home that required another ambulance and paramedics to treat the legendary game show host.  Sources connected to Bob tell us the former… READ MORE >

Bob Barker Out of the Hospital, Home for the Holidays

Bob Barker
Out of Hospital Home for the Holidays

Bob Barker is out of the hospital and back home recovering just in time for Thanksgiving ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to the ex-'Price is Right' host tells us Bob was released from… READ MORE >

- 187 days ago
Bob Barker Rushed to the Hospital Again for Severe Back Pain

Bob Barker
Rushed to the Hospital Again ... For Severe Back Pain

Bob Barker was rushed to the hospital for the second time in 2 months, but it sounds like it's another case of a bad back ... TMZ has learned. The former "Price is Right" host was taken to… READ MORE >

- 189 days ago
Ex-'Price is Right' Host Bob Barker Rushed to the Hospital

Bob Barker
Rushed to Hospital ... Serious Back Pain

Bob Barker is hospitalized in L.A. after paramedics responded to his Hollywood Hills home ... TMZ has learned. L.A. Fire Department got to the 'Price is Right' legend's home Monday around 1… READ MORE >

- 217 days ago
Bob Barker Keeps Busy in Retirement, Doing His Own Chores

Bob Barker
Actual Retail Price Of My Recycling Bin is ...

'Cause Bob Barker never REALLY retired, right? Almost 11 years after hanging up his 'Price is Right' mic, Bob's still keeping busy and looking spry. He was dutifully bringing in his… READ MORE >

- 368 days ago
Bob Barker Heads to Emergency Room After Bathroom Fall

Bob Barker
Heads to ER After Bathroom Fall

Bob Barker had a nasty fall at home that scared him, so paramedics came and he took a trip to the ER. We've learned the TV legend was in the bathroom of his Hollywood Hills home last week… READ MORE >

- 707 days ago
Bob Barker -- On the Mend After Nasty Fall

Bob Barker
On the Mend After Nasty Fall

Bob Barker is on the road to recovery after splitting his head open while on a walk near his home. Barker was spotted out in West Hollywood on Wednesday and you can see the bandaged up wound on… READ MORE >

- 1313 days ago
Bob Barker Splits Head Open in Nasty Fall

Bob Barker
Splits Head Open In Nasty Fall

Bob Barker split the side of his forehead open Tuesday morning, and lucky for him cops saw it happen ... TMZ has learned. Bob was taking a walk at around 10:30 AM near his Hollywood Hills home… READ MORE >

- 1314 days ago
Bob Barker -- 'Bold and the Beautiful' Star Gets 'Happy Gilmore' Treatment

Bob Barker
Soap Star Gets The 'Happy Gilmore' Treatment

Renowned ass-kicker Bob Barker is at it again ... throttling a "Bold and the Beautiful" actor the same way he did Adam Sandler in the iconic "Happy Gilmore" scene.Sources close to the show tell… READ MORE >

- 1755 days ago
Bob Barker -- Bomb Squad Called to TV Icon's House

Bob Barker
Bomb Squad Called to TV Icon's House

A bomb squad rushed to Bob Barker's house Friday afternoon after a suspicious package was reported at the TV icon's home, TMZ has learned.Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Bob's housekeeper… READ MORE >

- 1886 days ago
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