The 6'1" television legend will turn 83 on Dec. 12 according to a CNN report. Barker's television career began when he served as emcee for the game show Truth or Consequences starting in 1956. He hosted the 1976 Miss Universe pageant and made appearances on numerous television shows. He made his big screen debut in 1996's Happy Gilmore, where he played himself and beat the hell out of Adam Sandler's character. Surprisingly, he also played his first non-self acting role in 1996 in NBC's short-lived Something So Right.
Bob Barker has earned his golden watch and leisure days. He was a naval fighter pilot in World War II, and worked at a radio station to finance his education after the war. During his game show years, he has given out more than $55 million in cash and prizes to contestants, according to an Internet Movie Database article.
And how many times growing up did we hear the late Rod Roddy exclaim a happy player could win "a new car!?"
If Dan Castellaneta were to leave The Simpsons, you might see as big of an impact on a television show. When Jerry Orbach was forced to leave Law & Order due to illness after 2004, the show was never the same, but never before and never again will a television show be so changed than The Price is Right will be next summer. No one has been the epitome of a piece of entertainment the way Bob Barker has.
That is what you call creating a buzz around your work.
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