RIP: Bob Barker

Bob Barker, the revered game show host and animal rights activist died today at the age of 99.

Bob Barker attended Drury College on a basketball scholarship.  Mr. Barker joined the Naval Reserve during World War II.  He finished his degree in economics after the war.  While in college Bob Barker began working on radio.  After graduation, he continued to pursue this line of work.

In 1956, Bob Barker became the host of television’s Truth or Consequences.  He hosted the program through 1975.  In 1972, Bob Barker was picked to host the revival of The Price Is Right.  He served in this capacity until June 2007.

Some of Bob Barker’s other appearances include: This Is Your Life; Dream Girl of ’67 (5 episodes); Miss Universe 1967 – 1980; I’ve Got a Secret;  The New Truth or Consequences (198 episodes); Tattletales (21 episodes); Match Game (40 episodes); Dinah! (14 episodes); Match Game PM (8 episodes); The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (2 episodes); The Price is Right Special (6 episodes); The Price is Right Salutes (6 episodes); The Price is Right Million Dollar Spectacular (16 episodes); The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (6 episodes); The Bold and the Beautiful (2 episodes); The Price is Right (6,719 episodes); Inside Edition (3 episodes); Entertainment Tonight (9 episodes); Bonanza; Happy Gilmore; How I Met Your Mother; Family Guy (3 3 episodes); WWE Raw and SpongeBob Squarepants.

Bob Barker won 19 Daytime Emmy Awards…

  • 14 times for Outstanding Game Show Host, as host of The Price Is Right
  • 04 times for Outstanding Game Show, as executive producer of The Price Is Right
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (1999)

Bob Barker is also a member of the Hollywood Walk of Fame; the Television Hall of Fame (class of 2004) and the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame (class of 2008).

Bob Barker was the perfect host.  He not only was comfortable on camera but was able to put contestants at ease.  You always got the feeling that what you saw, was the real Bob Barker.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.