Bob Barker Turns 98: Come on Down and Celebrate the Legendary ‘Price Is Right’ Host

by Kati Michelle
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When you hear Bob Barker’s name, three words probably come to mind. It’s the classic “Come on Down” phrase from the longest-running daytime game show in North American TV history. If you read it in his voice, though, it probably sounded more like “Come ooon doooown.” And to be honest, there isn’t a better sound for fans of “The Price is Right.”

Though he retired some time ago, the legendary host never left the hearts of fans near and far. And what better day to celebrate the star than his 98th birthday? Join us as we take a look back at the legacy he’s built just shy of a century.

The US Naval Institute Remembers Bob Barker For His Service Before His Iconic Gameshow Host Role

Bob Barker is best known for his roles on both “The Price is Right” and “Truth or Consequences.” But before he joined either of those shows, he was serving our country as a Naval Aviator during WWII. The US Naval Institute took to Twitter to share their appreciation for the star and also revealed that he flew 8 different aircraft during his service including the Wildcat and Corsair.

Sadly, Bob Barker is one of the only remaining entertainers that also bear the title of being a WWII veteran. And that’s what makes him so special. They shared a photo from his time in the service next to a photo from his time hosting for the occasion.

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Bob Barker announced his retirement from “The Price is Right” back in 2006 with his final two episodes airing in June the following summer. That year also marked his 50th year as a television host.

A Cowboy With a Soft Spot for Animals

Bob Barker was born on December 12th in Washington in 1921. His family then moved and raised him on the Rosebud Reservation in Mission, South Dakota. “Cowboys tied up their horses at hitching rails,” he told PEOPLE back in ’99. “It was like I was growing up in the Old West.”

Fans of “The Price is Right” probably remember his signature ending from the show which included a reminder to “help control the pet population.” He started a foundation off-camera to help with the spaying and neutering of pets and donated a lot of his funds to various other animal causes over the years like elephant sanctuaries.

Long live the 19 Daytime Emmy-award winner Bob Barker!