Bob Barker Passes Away at Age 99: Renowned Host of ‘The Price Is Right’ and Animal Activist
Bob Barker, the enduring presenter of the television game show “The Price Is Right,” has passed away at the age of 99, as confirmed by his long standing publicist.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce that the World’s Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker has left us,” publicist Roger Neal said in a statement Saturday.
The origins of the veteran host of “The Price Is Right” trace back to his introduction to game shows, facilitated by the renowned producer Ralph Edwards. Edwards stumbled upon Bob Barker while tuning into Bob’s radio show, ultimately recruiting him for television.
Barker’s debut as a host commenced with the iconic sensation, “Truth or Consequences,” which premiered in 1956 and held his presence until 1975. He also presided over various other game shows and broadcasts throughout his career, encompassing “Dream Girl of ’67,” “Tattletales,” ‘Miss Universe,’ and most notably … “The Price is Right,” a show he both produced and hosted until 2007. Following his tenure, Drew Carey assumed the role of host, leading the show’s continued prosperity.
Bob Barker’s appearances extended beyond game shows, frequently portraying himself in numerous TV series and films. Noteworthy instances include his clash with Adam Sandler in “Happy Gilmore,” his portrayal as Neil Patrick Harris’ potential biological father in “How I Met Your Mother,” and his portrayals in shows like “Futurama,” “Spongebob,” “The Nanny,” and “Martial Law,” among others.
Throughout his life, Barker faced several battles with skin cancer and experienced unfortunate falls in 2015, 2017, and 2019, necessitating medical attention. He also encountered back issues that led to ambulance transports in 2018. Despite numerous health concerns, Barker remained resilient, even during the onset of the pandemic in 2020, demonstrating his adaptability to self-isolation.
In 2016, we last encountered him in Hollywood, where he candidly discussed his struggles with a foot ailment. Our conversation delved into topics like television, residuals, his history as a basketball player, and the potential for a rematch with Sandler. Throughout the interaction, he exhibited a remarkable spirit and kind demeanor.
Tragedy struck in 1981 when Bob’s wife, Dorothy Jo, succumbed to lung cancer. The couple, who didn’t have children, remained childless throughout his life. Nevertheless, extended family members offered their support and care during his later years.