DECEMBER 12, 1923


Born in Darrington, Washington, Bob lived on the Rosebud Reservation, in South Dakota, until 8th grade.  Entering Drury College on a basketball scholarship, he left in 1943 to be a Navy fighter pilot, but did not see action.  Later graduating from Drury with a degree in economics, Barker entered broadcasting, moved to California & hosted radio’s The Bob Barker Show (1950-56).  On TV, he hosted Truth or Consequences (1956-74) & The Price Is Right (1972-2007)—2 of TV’s longest-running game shows—as well as New Year’s Tournament of Roses Parade (1969-88).  Barker played himself in the movie Happy Gilmore.  Honors: Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement; TV & NAB Broadcasting Halls of Fame (2004 & 2008); and Time Magazine’s All-Time Greatest Game Show Host.  He also hosted Miss Universe & Miss U.S.A. Pageants (1966-88).  An animal welfare advocate, he left both pageants over fur coats being used as prizes and founded the DJ&T Foundation to address pet overpopulation.

Source:  “Bob Barker,” Biography, 8/19/2014.  Retrieved 9/9/2020,
Photo:  CBS, 1977.  Released as a press note for the 1975 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant, aired on CBS.  Public Domain.  

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