Happy Birthday: Bob Barker

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

bobbarker.jpgBob Barker

Born: December 12, 1923 in Darrington, Washington, USA

Married to: Dorothy Jo Gideon (12 January 1945 – 19 October 1981) (her death)

For 35 years Bob Barker had been the host of The Price Is Right (1972) game show. Not only is it the highest-rated daytime game show, it’s also the longest-running game show in TV history.

[Who fondly remembers him in that one scene of Happy Gilmore (1996)]: People love that movie, the young men particularly. I never taped a Price is Right after the movie release that the audience didn’t want to, during commercials, talk about Happy Gilmore. They loved it. They asked me all sorts of things. The young men would ask me, ‘In real life, could you really whip Adam Sandler?’ I would tell them, ‘Are you kidding? Adam Sandler couldn’t whip Regis Philbin.’ I’m in fighting frame, fit to fight. Adam has been…

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