After 50 years on television, 35 years worth of Showcase Showdowns, one Adam Sandler throwdown and a plethora of cameos and appearances, Bob Barker is set to unplug his signature pencil-shaped microphone and call it quits from “The Price is Right” this summer.
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 tie 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, 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.
In fact, his name ranks up there with one of the most recognizable in all of show business. Bob Barker is synonymous with daytime television. The show he championed for almost four decades transcends generations. The word “Plinko” elicits sheer excitement at its very mention, let alone its signature harp music that drives an already excited crowd to madness. Sure its virtually impossible to win the top prize in the game, the clink clack noise is all we need.
And how many times growing up did we hear the late Rod Roddy exclaim that 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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