Bob Barker Biography

Bio & Physical Stats/ Personal Life

Full NameBob Barker
Nick NameBob
  • Actor
  • Game Show Host
  • Television Presenter
  • Advocate
  • Fighter Pilot
  • TV Producer
  • Media Personality
  • Talk Show Host
Date of Birth (2024)12 December 1923
Age99 years
Height (approx.)
  • 6 feet 1 inch
Weight (approx.)70 kg
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorWhite
BirthplaceDarrington, Washington, U.S.
Zodiac SignSagittarius
ReligionDevout Christian
EducationDrury University (BA)
Bob Barker FatherByran John Barker
Bob Barker MotherMatilda ‘Tillie’ Valandra
SiblingsBrother: Kent Valandra
Marital StatusWidowed
SpouseDorothy Jo Gideon
Cause of DeathProblems caused by Aizheimer’s Disease
Died / Died Place26 August 2023 / Los Angeles, California, U.S.
HobbiesPlaying Golf and Traveling
AwardsGood Conduct Medal
Car Collection
  • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
  • 1967 Jaguar E-Type
  • 1972 Lincoln Mark
  • 2013 Tesla Model S
Food HabitVegetarian
GenreNorthern Impression
Net Worth(approx.)$70.0 million



Resting PlaceForest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
Bob Barker’s Dog namedFederico
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
Food Pasta Primavera

Bob Barker Biography

Bob Barker

The Early Life of Robert William Barker

Born on 12 December 1923, in Darrington, Washington, Robert William Barker spent his growing years in the heart of the American Midwest. His mother was a schoolteacher, and his father was an electrical lineman who tragically passed away in a workplace accident when Barker was just a young boy. The son of a high school mathematics teacher and a foreman on the electrical highline, his life was shaped by the Great Depression, instilling in him the values of hard struggle and resilience. His academic and sports power earned him an excellent scholarship to Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. He went back to Drury College, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics subject. In college radio, it was here that Barker found his calling in broadcasting, a path that would eventually lead him to television. 

Bob Barker Rise from WWII Pilot to TV Character

After serving as a fighter pilot in the Navy during World War II, He returned to pursue his passion in broadcasting. His first attack industry was as a radio host show, where his smooth voice and engaging personality quickly made waves. His big break came in 1956 when Barker was chosen to host the famous game show “Truth or Consequences.” His natural charisma and ease in front of the camera made the show a hit, laying the groundwork for an ancient journey in Television.

Early Career in Broadcasting

His journey to broadcasting began when he was studying at college. He worked for KTTS-FM Radio in Springfield, Missouri, where he gained invaluable experience broadcasting radio shows. His beautiful voice and charming personality quickly drew attention to him, leading to more possibilities in the media field. After 1950, Barker relocated to California to pursue his goal of working in the entertainment world. He was offered a position at KNX (AM) in Los Angeles, where he hosted his radio program, “The Bob Barker Show,” for six years. His radio experience helped him develop the knowledge and confidence required to transition from radio to television.

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The Heart and Soul Behind the Success of 'The Price Is Right'

The year was 1972, and Bob Barker was introduced as the host of “The Price Is Right” to signal the beginning of a period that would soon become a known name across America. His warmth, humor, and authentic interaction with contestants were instrumental in making The Price Is Right into an iconic brand, making it the longest-running show daily in North American television history.

Under the leadership of Barker, “The Price Is Right” brought in a variety of innovations that became the norm in the category of game shows. The show’s emphasis on natural interactions and his ability to make each participant feel valued significantly added to the show’s popularity. In addition, Barker was instrumental in adopting a rule against prize money for fur, a sign of his abiding commitment to protecting animals. Barker’s time as a contestant on “The Price Is Right” was full of unforgettable instances. From the thrill of winning a bid to the elation of the winner of Showcase Showcase Showdown, Barker was in the middle of all this, steering the show with charm and humor. The signature of his sign-offs, “Remember to spay and neuter your pets,” has become a well-known phrase, emphasizing his support for pet welfare.

Bob Barker Fight for Animal Rights

Beyond the screen, Bob Barker’s love for protecting animals was the foundation of his lasting legacy. The actor used his fame and resources to advocate for this cause by donating millions of dollars to animal welfare groups that fund animal rehabilitation and rescue programs and promoting the end of animal cruelty within entertainment venues, such as zoos and circuses. His philanthropic work was extended to schools, and he created his foundation, the Bob Barker Company Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting the teaching of animal rights. His substantial contributions to law schools in support of the creation of animal rights education programs has made it easier to raise the rights and legal standing of animals across the United States.

Bob Barker Personal Life

Following 1945, Bob Barker married Dorothy Jo Gideon Dorothy Jo Gideon who he had known since high school. The union of the couple was a solid and affectionate union until her untimely death in the year 1981. Barker’s love for his wife was apparent as he frequently expressed his love for her and acknowledged her contribution to his life and work. Beyond his television and advocacy activities, Barker enjoyed a variety of hobbies, including martial arts, a subject he studied under his mentorship under the direction of Chuck Norris. He was also an avid sailing enthusiast fascinated by the past through reading, and frequently assisting with documentaries and writing novels on the past.

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Television Stardom and Animal Rights Leadership