Bob Barker Dies at 99: Stars Pay Tribute
Bob Barker's passing has brought forth an outpouring of tributes from stars, including Adam Sandler, who fondly remembered the TV icon's legacy and their shared moments. Barker, renowned for hosting The Price Is Right and his animal advocacy, passed away at 99 in his Hollywood Hills home on August 26.
While Barker's legendary stint as the host of The Price Is Right from 1972 until his retirement in 2007 remains a highlight of his career, he also earned acclaim for his cameo as himself in Adam Sandler's cult comedy film Happy Gilmore in 1996. In a scene cherished by fans, Barker and Sandler engage in a hilarious on-screen altercation, earning them both a 1996 MTV Movie Award for Best Fight.
Adam Sandler took to Instagram to pay his respects, sharing cherished photos of himself with Barker, including scenes from Happy Gilmore and an image of them clutching their MTV award. Sandler's heartfelt caption celebrated Barker as a kind and funny individual, recounting the joy of working with him and even being playfully beaten up on screen.
The man. The myth. The best. 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. Love to Bob always and his family! Thanks for all you gave us!
Drew Carey, who succeeded Barker as The Price Is Right host, also expressed his grief on Twitter, remembering Barker's impact on both the show and the world of animal welfare. A poignant photo of the two at Barker's 90th birthday celebration served as a testament to their shared bond.
J.J. Watt, retired NFL star, tweeted a heartfelt farewell, appreciating Barker's consistent presence in households across America and his impressive 99-year journey. Country star John Rich also added his tribute, noting that Barker was an American treasure and a household name for generations. As the world reflects on Bob Barker's influential career, his impact on both entertainment and advocacy will remain timeless.
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Notable personalities like Julie Bowen and Rob Schneider joined in commemorating Barker's memory. Bowen, who also starred in Happy Gilmore, recalled a memorable filming moment and Barker's participation in the iconic line, "the price is WRONG, bi*ch!" Meanwhile, Rob Schneider posted a video of Barker and Sandler's scene from the movie, sharing Barker's kind words about Sandler's role in his acting journey.