Bob Barker is an American who used to host game shows on T.V. and now works to help animals. He is best known for being the host of “The Price is Right,” who has been there the longest. From 1972 to 2007, Bob was in charge of the show.
Bob Barker Early Years
On December 12, 1923, Robert William Barker was born in Darrington, Wash. His mother was a teacher, and his father was a high-line foreman for an electric company. He spent most of his childhood on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Mission, South Dakota. On the U.S. Indian Census Rolls, 1885–1940, he is listed as a member of the Sioux tribe. One-eighth of him is Sioux.
Barker got a basketball scholarship to attend Drury College in Missouri, now called Drury University. He joined the Epsilon Beta chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity while he was there. During World War II, he dropped out of college and joined the U.S. Navy as a fighter pilot.
However, the war ended before he could be sent to a squadron that went to sea. He went back to college after the war and earned an economics degree.
Bob Barker Career
Barker worked at the KTTS-FM radio station in Springfield while in college. He then moved to Florida and worked at WWPG 1340 AM in Palm Beach as a news editor and announcer (now WPBR in Lantana). He finally moved to California in 1950, where he had his radio show for six years called “The Bob Barker Show.”
Ralph Edwards, who makes game shows, saw him when he hosted a show in California where the audience took part. Then, in 1956, Barker switched from radio to T.V. and started hosting “Truth or Consequences.” Until 1974, he kept doing the show.
In 1971, he was chosen to host an NBC pilot called “Simon Says” while still hosting “Truth or Consequences.” Then, in early 1972, CBS became interested in Mark Goodson and Bill Todman's plan to bring back “The Price Is Right.” The network agreed to take it on, but only if Barker was chosen to host it.
So, Barker started hosting the updated version of “The Price Is Right” on CBS on September 4, 1972. He kept doing this until October 31, 2006, when he said he was leaving the show. He stopped being the host for good in 2007. His last show, which aired on June 15, was recorded on June 6, 2007.
After leaving the show, Barker has come back three times: once in April 2009 to promote his new autobiography, once in December 2013 to celebrate his 90th birthday, and once in April 2015 for an April Fools' Day joke where he briefly took over hosting duties from Drew Carey, who was the host at the time.
Pay for Price Is Right
Barker's salary for the last ten years he worked on the show was $10 million.
Bob Barker Another Job
Bob Barker and Adam Sandler had cameo roles in the 1996 movie “Happy Gilmore.” Sandler and Barker fight on a golf course in the film. Barker puts Sandler out of the fight with a punch to the face. Barker has said in interviews that when people see him in public, they always talk about that scene from the movie.
Barker and his wife Dorothy Jo were also on the game shows “Tattletales” and “Match Game” from time to time. He has been on talk shows like “Dinah!,” “Larry King Live,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “The Rosie O'Donnell Show,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and “The Wayne Brady Show.”
He has been in commercials for companies like State Farm Insurance. He has also been in an ad for David Jolly, who is running for Congress as a Republican. In the Nickelodeon animated show “SpongeBob SquarePants,” he was the voice of the character Bob Barnacle.
The autobiography of Barker, called “Priceless Memories,” came out on April 6, 2009. It has stories and anecdotes from his early life and his 50-year career on T.V. Digby Diehl, who used to be the book review editor at the L.A. Times, helped him write the book.
Bob Barker's Personal Life
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Bob was married to Dorothy Jo Gideon, his high school sweetheart, from 1945 until she died of lung cancer in 1981. The couple was together for three years. Barker has never remarried, but he has been with several women, including Dian Parkinson, known as one of “Barker's Beauties.”
Bob Barker Animal Activism
Bob is a big advocate for animal rights. Even though he is officially retired, he still works hard for animal rights. At the end of each show, he used to say, “Please remember to have your pets spayed or neutered.”Bob has taken part in several protests against circuses because they keep animals in cages and make them do tricks while they are often very drunk.
In 2010, Barker gave $5 million to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an animal rights group. The money was used to buy a ship that is now used to stop and stop whaling boats from Japan. The name of the vessel was “MY Bob Barker.”
The other whale-hunting interceptor was named after the late Simpsons producer Sam Simon. During his life, Simon gave hundreds of millions of dollars to charities that helped animals. He also gave money to a vegan homeless food drive organization that feeds hundreds of people weekly.
The Sea Shepherd Society later got a helicopter from Bob Barker. He also gave $2.5 million to PETA to help them build their headquarters in Los Angeles. This building is now known as the “Bob Barker Building.” In 2014, he spent $700,000 to move three elephants from a zoo in Toronto to a wildlife preserve in California.
How Much Money Does Bob Barker Have?
Bob Barker is an American who used to host game shows on T.V. and now works to help animals. He is best known for being the host of “The Price is Right,” who has been there the longest. From 1972 to 2007, Bob was in charge of the show. He has a net worth of $70 million.