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Bob Barker Biography

Birth Name:
Robert William Barker
Birth Place:
Darrington, Washington, United States
Profession
TV host, actor

Fast Facts

  • Raised in South Dakota near the Rosebud Indian Reservation, where his mother taught
  • Hosted The Price Is Right---the longest-running game show ever---from 1972 to 2009; hosted Truth or Consequences from 1956 to 1975
  • Received 14 Daytime Emmys for The Price Is Right, 12 as Outstanding Game Show Host and two as executive producer; and was honored with a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999
  • Known famously as an animal-rights activist, once refused to host the Miss USA Pageant when he learned that fur coats were part of the prize package
  • Was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 2004
  • Donated $2
  • 5 million to animal-rights activist group PETA in 2010

Relationships

  • Byron John Barker -- Father
  • Kent Valandra -- Half Brother
  • Matilda Kent Barker Valandra -- Mother
  • Nancy Burnet -- Significant Other
  • Louis Valandra -- Stepfather
  • Dorothy Joe Gideon -- Wife (deceased)