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Also Known As: Robert William Barker Died:
Born: December 12, 1923 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Darrington, Washington, USA Profession: TV host, producer, actor, radio personality

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From his uncannily appropriate name to his middle-aged model good looks, Bob Barker embodied the image of the ultimate TV game show host for generations of viewers. As the iconic host of "The Price is Right" (CBS, 1972- ), Barker's masterful blend of showmanship and promotion helped spark capitalist America's enduring fascination with the game show genre. Blessed with a playful wit and genial on-air style, the seemingly ageless host perfected the formula of playing tempter, comic foil and nursemaid all in one, setting the standard for all future game show emcees to follow.

From his uncannily appropriate name to his middle-aged model good looks, Bob Barker embodied the image of the ultimate TV game show host for generations of viewers. As the iconic host of "The Price is Right" (CBS, 1972- ), Barker's masterful blend of showmanship and promotion helped spark capitalist America's enduring fascination with the game show genre. Blessed with a playful wit and genial on-air style, the seemingly ageless host perfected the formula of playing tempter, comic foil and nursemaid all in one, setting the standard for all future game show emcees to follow.

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Raised near the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where his mother taught school
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Family later moved to Springfield, MO, where Barker attended high school and college
1943:
Enlisted in the Navy during WWII; served in the Naval Reserve; was an aviation cadet and awaiting assignment to a squadron heading overseas when the war ended
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Worked for radio station KTTS in Springfield, MO while he finished his studies in college
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Moved to Palm Beach, FL after graduating to work for radio station WWPG
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Moved to Los Angeles after about a year; hosted "The Bob Barker Show" for radio station KWIK in Burbank, CA
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First TV work, hosting the show "Your Big Moment" for a local California station
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Developed the high school talent show "Talent in High" in collaboration with his wife
1956:
Hosted the (initially) NBC and (later) syndicated quiz show "Truth or Consequences" for 18 seasons
1958:
Hosted the short-lived NBC game show "End of the Rainbow"
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Served as master of ceremonies for the "Miss Universe Pageant" and the "Miss USA Pageant"
1967:
Hosted the ABC game show "The Family Game"
1969:
Narrated "The Tournament of Roses Parade" on CBS
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Hosted the annual "Pillsbury Bake-Off"; also produced a number of the culinary competitions for TV
1972:
Hosted the popular CBS daytime game show "The Price is Right"; also served as executive producer; changed format from a half hour to an hour long show in 1975; when he retired after 35 years as host it was the longest running game show
1978:
Began semi-regular live show "The Bob Barker Fun and Games Show," which toured throughout the U.S. and Canada
1979:
TV movie debut, "Overlanders" (Syndicated)
1980:
Hosted the short-lived CBS magazine show "That's My Line," highlighting the unusual occupations of ordinary people
1986:
Hosted "The Price Is Right Special," a six-week primetime version of the daytime game show
1987:
Attracted attention when he refused host a "Miss USA Pageant" after he found out furs were part of the swimsuit competition (date approximate)
1994:
Gained attention in the tabloids for allegedly having an affair with Dian Parkinson, one of the regular models on "The Price Is Right"
1996:
Made feature acting debut, playing himself in the Adam Sandler comedy "Happy Gilmore"
1996:
Played the father of Mel Harris' character on a few episodes of the NBC sitcom "Something So Right"
1999:
Hospitalized in September and underwent emergency surgery for a blocked artery
2000:
Guest starred on the "Futurama" (Fox) episode titled "Lesser of Two Evils"
2001:
Landed recurring guest voiceover role on the Fox animated sitcom "Family Guy"
2003:
Featured on the televised special "CBS at 75"
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Education

Central High School: Springfield , Missouri -
Drury College: Springfield , Missouri - 1947

Notes

Barker devotes a great deal of time and energy to the cause of animal rights

He has received the Carbon Mike Award given by Pioneer Broadcasters.

Barker has been named one of America's Ten Best Dressed Men by the Custom Tailors Guild of America.

"Am I vain? Yes. But I have a lot less to be vain about than I used to." --Barker quoted in PEOPLE, September 9, 1999

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wife:
Dorothy Jo Barker. High school sweethearts; married from January 12, 1945 until her death in October 1981 from cancer at age 57.
companion:
Dian Parkinson. Model. Born c. 1946; worked on "Price Is Right"; began relationship in 1989 which ended in 1991; in 1994, she filed an $8 million lawsuit alleging sexual harassment; Barker held press conference to deny charges; Parkinson withdrew the suit in 1995.
companion:
Nancy Burnet. Animal rights activist. Has had on-again, off-again relationship since 1983.

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father:
Byron John Barker. Power-line foreman. Died in 1930 from complications after a fall from a pole.
mother:
Matilda Kent Barker Valandra. Teacher, administrator. Taught school on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota after husband's death; later became the superintendent of schools for Todd County, South Dakota.
step-father:
Louis Valandra. Tire salesman.
half-brother:
Kent Valandra. Advertising executive. Born c. 1948.
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