We all have our talents and contributions to this world, a means by which we make an impact in our immediate environment. For Bob Barker, it was standing in front of selected candidates, with a charming personality and a smile, administering questions in a game show.
Bob Barker was a beloved host of The Price is Right and more importantly, a beloved American personality. For more about the man who led the top-rated daytime show for 35 years, read below.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
Bob Barker, a now-retired television game show host was born on December 12, 1923. The man whose white hair and charming smile became the iconic face of multiple generations started as a fighter pilot for the United States Army in World War II. After the war, Barker returned to complete his higher education at Drury College (now known as Drury University) and earned a degree in Economics, graduating summa cum laude.
Barker always had an affinity for broadcasting and media job. So despite studying economics and graduating with excellence, he moved to the home of media jobs in America, California in pursuit of a career in broadcasting. Barker moved to California armed with the experience of being a news editor and announcer at a local radio in Palm Beach in Florida. His experience and personality paid off for him in California and he was given his own radio show. Bob ran his show, an audience-participation show, The Bob Barker Show for six years.
Bob Barker ended up on the path that would make him a legend of the industry when game show producer, Ralph Edwards heard him on the radio one day and fell in love with his style and voice in a classic case of luck and opportunity meeting preparation and hard work. Edwards signed Bob Barker for the game show, Truth or Consequences, a show where contestants have to answer a trivia question correctly or be put through embarrassing stunts if they fail to do so. Bob hosted the show from December 31, 1956, till 1974. He earned more fame for his daytime hosting exploits, which include his trademark sign-off, ‘Bob Barker saying goodbye, and hoping all your consequences are happy ones’. He locked onto this trademark during his time on the show.
Post Truth or Consequences, Bob Barker hosted several other shows before he signed on to The Price is Right and hosted it for decades. He hosted shows like That’s My Line, End of the Rainbow, and Simon Says. On September 4, 1972, Barker became the host of the newly revived, The Price is Right by CBS. From 1972 to 1988, he was a host of the game show. After the passing of the original executive producer, Barker took over the role and made changes that cemented his legacy on Daytime television.
Bob Barker’s The Price is Right became the longest-running game show of all time in North America in September 2006, leading every other competing daytime TV show in ratings for 25 years. In the following month after setting the record, Bob retired from the Price is Right. During his time on the show, he won the Daytime Emmy Award 19 times, winning 14 individual awards for Outstanding Game Show host and five Outstanding Game Show awards as executive producer. He was also named the Time Magazine’s Greatest Game Show Host of All-Time and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Outside of hosting, Bob Barker is a prominent vegetarian and animal rights activist. He also appeared on other TV shows and a few movies, including Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore.
What Is His Net Worth?
The retired game show host and American television legend is reportedly worth an estimated $70 million. With a career that holds achievements such as the longest running TV game show on the continent and 19 Emmy nominations, it is unsurprising that over his long and accomplished career, he has acquired such vast amount of wealth.
Who Is His Wife?
Bob Barker, for 36 years was married to his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Jo Gideon. The couple got married on January 12, 1945, and were married until Dorothy’s death on October 19, 1981, from lung cancer.
The couple bore no children throughout their marriage and Barker hasn’t remarried ever since. However, he dated a model, Dian Parkinson who worked on The Price is Right for two years but it ended terribly. Bob Barker has remained single ever since.
Is Bob Barker Dead or Alive?
Bob Barker is famous for being the first host to spot a fully grey hair on TV. Leading the pace in his chosen career comes with having a simple body with a height of 6 feet 1 inch and a weight of 85 kg. His eye color is blue.
Despite a 2017 rumor that Bob Barker is dead, the TV legend is very much alive and well. The nonagenarian is healthy and credits his vegetarian lifestyle for his long life.