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The 'Price is Right' host Bob Barker's life in photos

Bob Barker next to The Price Is Right wheel
Bob Barker.Bob Barke/Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty
  • Bob Barker died on Saturday at the age of 99.

  • He hosted "The Price Is Right" for 35 years.

  • Here's a look back at Bob Barker's life in photos.

For six years during the 1950s, Barker hosted "The Bob Barker Show" on radio in California until he got his big break.

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Bob Barker in the early 1950s.NBC/Getty

Here's Barker as the host of the game show "Truth or Consequences," which he began in 1956.

Bob Barker in a top hat holding props
Bob Barker hosting "Truth or Consequences" in 1956.FPG/Getty

From 1956-1975, Barker was host of the show, which mixed quiz show elements with wacky stunts.

Bob Barker helping the woman touch the tale of a tiger.
Barker (left) helps a woman during a "Truth or Consequences" episode grab hold of a tail, though not aware it's of a large tiger on the other side of the wall.NBC/Getty

In 1960, Barker also got into scripted television as he was cast in an episode of the hit show "Bonanza."

Bob Barker on the right dressed as a cowboy
Bob Barker (right) playing Mort in an episode of "Bonanza."NBC/Getty

Barker began hosting "The Price Is Right" in 1972.

Bob Barker and a Price Is Right contestant in front of a car
Bob Barker hosting "The Price Is Right" in 1974.CBS/Getty

Until 1975, audiences saw Barker during the day hosting "The Price Is Right" and in the evenings hosting "Truth or Consequences."

Bob Barker on the phone while hosting Truth or Consequences
Bob Barker hosted "Truth or Consequences" for 19 years.NBC/Getty

"It never entered my mind that I would do 'Price Is Right' longer than 'Truth or Consequences,'" Barker said in a 1990 interview. "It never entered my mind I would do anything longer."

With Barker as the host of "The Price Is Right," the show became must-see TV during the daytime.

Bob Barker with a contestant on the set of The Price Is Right
Bob Barker on the "The Price Is Right" set in the 1970s.CBS/Getty

Here's Barker hosting the Miss Universe Pageant. Along with Miss USA, Barker hosted both events from the late 1960s through the 1980s.

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Georgina Rizk, from Beirut, Lebanon, reacts after being named Miss Universe as pageant host Bob Barker talks to her at the Miami Beach Auditorium in Flordia in 1971.AP Images

Bob Barker seeing himself on TV. (He was doing a lot of work.)

Bob Barker looking at himself on the TV
Bob Barker with wife Dorothy Jo watching himself on TV in 1977.CBS/Getty

Barker with his wife Dorothy Jo, who died in 1981.

Bob Barker standing next to wife Dorothy Jo
The two were married from 1945 to 1981.CBS/Getty

As the decades passed, Barker and the show became more famous. He began using his celebrity to bring attention to animal rights, a cause he was passionate about.

Bob Barker in a suit and tie
Bob Barker.CBS/Getty

In 1982 he began ending ever "Price Is Right" show with the line: "Help control the pet population — get your pets spayed or neutered."

But Barker also had his share of controversy.

Bob Barker in front of microphones
Bob Barker addressing 1994 sexual harassment lawsuit.Ron Galella Collection/Getty

In 1994, former "Price is Right" model Dian Parkinson filed a lawsuit that accused Barker of sexual harassment. Barker said he had a consensual relationship with Parkinson from 1989 to 1991.

Regardless, the show was thriving, and so was Barker's celebrity: That was evident by this memorable cameo appearance in the 1996 Adam Sandler movie "Happy Gilmore."

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(L-R) Bob Barker and Adam Sandler in "Happy Gilmore."Getty/Archive Photos

Barker walking off the stage for the last time.

Bob Barker walking off The Price Is Right stage for his final show
Bob Barker's final show aired on June 15, 2007.Cliff Lipson/CBS/Getty

"I'm often asked what I loved most about my years with 'Price,' and the first thing that pops to mind is ... the money, of course!" Barker joked in a 2021 interview.

"All kidding aside, there was much to love. I had the pleasure of working with a dedicated and talented cast and crew for 35 great years," he said.

Comic Drew Carey replaced Barker as host in October 2007.

Drew Carey shaking Bob Barker's hand
Drew Carey taking over "The Price Is Right" hosting duties in 2007.Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty

In his 60-plus career in show business, Barker won 19 Daytime Emmys, received its Lifetime Award in 1995, and was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bob Barker next to gold bust of himself
Bob Barker entered the Television Hall of Fame in 2004.Mark Maniz/Getty

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