Celebrating a life

Hollywood Tributes Pour In For Television Veteran Bob Barker

The longtime “Price Is Right” host died Saturday at age 99.
Bob Barker
Bob Barker briefly returned to "The Price Is Right" to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2013.CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

As news broke Saturday that game show host turned animal rights activist Bob Barker had died, celebrities, friends, and collaborators released statements and took to social media to pay their respects and mark his passing. 

Those tributes will likely be the sole memorial for the longtime The Price Is Right host, who—per Entertainment Tonight—will not have a funeral or memorial service. According to Barker representative Roger Neal (who also announced his client's death Saturday), the 99-year-old host will be quietly buried at Hollywood's Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, in a plot next to his wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon, who died in 1981.

Bob Barker prepares to punch Adam Sandler in a scene from the film 'Happy Gilmore', 1996. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)

Archive Photos/Getty Images

Actor and comedian Adam Sandler, whose fictional brawl with Barker in 1996 film Happy Gilmore showed viewers a different side of the beloved game show veteran, was one of the first to note his passing. “The man. The myth. The best,” Sandler wrote via Instagram. “Such a sweet funny guy to hang out with. Loved talking to him. Loved laughing with him. Loved him kicking the crap out of me. He will be missed by everyone I know! Heartbreaking day.”

Bob Barker and Nancy Burnet attend the Animal Defenders International gala on October 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Photo: Tibrina Hobson/FilmMagic

Tibrina Hobson

Nancy Burnet, who (per People) was Barker's companion from 1983 to his death as well as the director of his animal rights nonprofit, the DJ&T Foundation, released a statement noting their time together, as well as their shared activism. “I am so proud of the trailblazing work Barker and I did together to expose the cruelty to animals in the entertainment industry and including working to improve the plight of abused and exploited animals in the United States and internationally," she said. "We were great friends over these 40 yrs. He will be missed.”

Bob Barker and Drew Carey on the set of 'The Price Is Right' at CBS Television City on November 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: JB Lacroix/WireImage)

JB Lacroix

Drew Carey, the comedian who took over hosting duties for The Price Is Right when Barker retired in 2007, took to X (formerly Twitter) to honor his predecessor. “Very sad day for the Price Is Right family, and animal lovers all over the world,” Carey wrote. “There hasn’t been a day on set that I didn’t think of Bob Barker and thank him. I will carry his memory in my heart forever.”

Photo from the set of Happy Gilmore: Julie Bowen/Instagram

One of the first roles in Modern Family actress Julie Bowen's resume was in Happy Gilmore; via Instagram she said that the on-set experience with Barker was one a formative one. “I will never forget Adam convincing Bob Barker to say the iconic line, ‘the price is WRONG, bi*ch!’ Bob was kind and polite and had declined to say the line, but he got swept up in the hilarious fight scene between him and Happy, he just…said it. It’s one of my favorite filming memories ever.” (We should note here that it was Sandler, not Barker, who delivered that fight's memorable line, but Barker does indeed call Sandler—as Gilmore—a “bitch” at the conclusion of the brawl.)

Bob Barker, wife Dorothy Jo Barker, and their dogs. Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank


Like many others, lauded songwriter Diane Warren noted Barker's animal advocacy. “Bob Barker I have a feeling U were meet by an army of animal angels,” she wrote on X. “Because U were their angel on earth.”

Tom Bergeron (L) and Bob Barker attend AFTRA's 70th Birthday Celebration at The Fine Arts Theater November 29, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Katy Winn/Getty Images

Katy Winn/Getty Images

Fellow game show host Tom Bergeron nodded to his former colleague on Instagram, writing that “On weekends, when we’d shoot Hollywood Squares on the same stage where [The Price Is Right] shot on weekdays, I used his dressing room. When he retired I interviewed him for [Good Morning America]. When I asked him to read the manuscript of my book, he offered to write a blurb for it. Many thanks, Bob. Rest in peace.”

Prior to takeoff, American animal actor Howard, best known as Lassie, poses with American television personality and game show host Bob Barker on a chartered aircraft, Los Angeles, California, October 31, 2003. Barker and the famous animal, the ninth descendent of the original Lassie to play the role, was en route to New York to commemorate the 75th anniversary of CBS television in a 3-hour tv extravaganza. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

Even Barker's neighbors appeared to recall him fondly. Via X, actor Lou Diamond Phillips remembered his time living near the host, and said he “would often chat with him when he was walking his dogs. What a consummate gentleman and tireless advocate for animals. What an epic run you had, sir.”