Bob Barker hosted the popular television show “The Price Right” from 1972 to 2007.
Who is Bob Barker?
Bob Barker began his entertainment career in 1950 through his radio show The Bob Barker Show. In 1972, he joined the popular television show “The Price Is Right.” When Buck retired as a show host in 2007, nearly 35 years later, “The Price Right” had become the first hour-long game show and the longest daytime game show in history.
Buck was born on December 12, 1923, in Darlington, Washington. Buck’s father died when he was very young, and it wasn’t until eighth grade that he lived with his mother, Matilda, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Mission, South Dakota. After Matilda remarried, the family moved to Springfield, Missouri.
Buck graduated from high school in the early 1940s and entered Drew College in Springfield on a basketball scholarship. He dropped out of school in 1943 and trained as a fighter pilot in the United States Navy Reserve, but before he was assigned to active duty, he ended World War II. Buck returned to Drew and graduated in 1947 with a BA in economics. Buck’s job at a radio station in Florida led him to move to California in 1950 to pursue a career in broadcasting. He was given his own radio show, the Bob Barker Show, which aired in Burbank for the next six years.
In 1956, he received a daytime television version of the long-running radio game show “Truth or Consequence” from his employer. The show forced contestants to perform bizarre stunts when they didn’t answer questions for about a second. It was released in 1966; Buck remained its host until he stopped broadcasting in 1974. (The updated version, called New Truth or Consequences, was broadcast from 1977 to 1989 and was broadcast by different hosts.)
Before his run ended on “Truth or Consequences,” Buck took over the host of another game show “The Price Is Right,” which has been airing on NBC and ABC since 1950, and then in 1972, Buck found his home when he arrived. CBS. The show featured around 60 different games, each of which required participants to guess the price of various items, from silverware to luxury cars.
The show’s success was due in large part to the slogan “Let’s go!” The jovial and caring Buck (estimated to be worth a total of about $ 200 million between 1972 and 1999) gave out a staggering number of awards, exclaimed the show’s original host, the late Johnny Olson.
In November 1975, The Price Is Right became the first one-hour game show in television history; In 1990, it overcame truth or consequences and became the longest daytime game show in history. Buck’s reign on The Price Is Right made him appear at the center of many other famous shows, including Pillsbury Bake-Off, which he directed from 1969 to 1985, and the annual Rose Parade New Years championships that he hosted from 1969. to 1988. year.
In 1980, he served as the host of the short-lived variety show “That’s My Lines”, which was developed by the creator of the longer primetime television show “My Lines.”
In 1996, Buck appeared on the big screen when he played himself in the comedy “Happy Gilmore” starring Adam Sandler. In an unforgettable scene, he and Sandler fight in a celebrity golf tournament, this scene won the award for “Best Fight Scene” at the MTV Movie Awards that year.