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Bobby Barber

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Bobby Barber (December 18, 1894 – May 24, 1976) was an American actor who appeared in over 100 films. Barber is notable for his work as a foil for Abbott and Costello on and off screen. Barber was often used by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello as a form of "court jester" on the set of their films. It was his job to keep the energy level up with pranks and practical jokes. Sometimes, he even suddenly appeared on camera during a take to break up the cast and crew. In Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Costello answers a knock at the door expecting to see large actor Lon Chaney Jr. Instead, the very short Barber walks in wearing a funny hat with a feather. In another outtake from that film, Bela Lugosi, in full Dracula regalia, is solemnly descending a staircase to meet Abbott and Costello when all of a sudden the actors and crew burst out laughing. Lugosi, annoyed, turns around to see Barber following right behind him, mimicking his steps. Barber also appeared in bit parts, such as a delivery boy, waiter, bellhop, or man on the street, often uncredited in movies, and in many of Abbott and Costello's films and about half their television shows. Sometimes his likeness was in a picture on a wall or a "wanted" poster in a post office. His final film appearance was in Lou Costello's last movie, The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959). His film career included bit parts in over 100 (known) feature films.


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Born:
Dec 18, 1894 In New York, New York City, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
68
First Appeared:
In the movie The Life of the Party 1930-10-25
Latest Project:
Movie Doc Hollywood 1991-08-02
Known For
Poster of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Poster of Sensation Hunters
Poster of Hit the Ice
Poster of Everybody's Doing It
Filmography
Movie Doc Hollywood 1991-08-02
Movie To Kill a Mockingbird Courtroom Spectator (uncredited) 1962-12-25
Series Have Gun – Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Adventures of Superman Unknown 1952-09-19
Series The Abbott and Costello Show 1952-12-05
Movie Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man Sneaky 1951-03-07
Movie Across the Wide Missouri Gardipe (uncredited) 1951-10-01
Movie Let's Dance George - Bartender (uncredited) 1950-11-29
Movie Undertow Tony 1949-12-01
Movie Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Waiter 1948-06-15
Movie The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Birthday Cake Waiter (uncredited) 1947-07-24
Movie Vigilantes of Boomtown Corbett's second 1947-02-15
Movie From This Day Forward Ice Man 1946-03-02
Movie Earl Carroll Vanities Cab Driver 1945-04-05
Movie I Love a Soldier Funhouse Attendant 1945-07-12
Movie Sensation Hunters Waiter (uncredited) 1945-10-12
Movie Anchors Aweigh Salad Cook on Olvera Street (uncredited) 1945-07-14
Movie Rainbow Island Native Banana Man 1944-10-05
Movie Laura Newsboy (uncredited) 1944-10-11
Movie And Now Tomorrow Mill Worker 1944-11-22
Movie Practically Yours Man on Subway (uncredited) 1944-12-20
Movie Hit the Ice Candy Butcher 1943-06-02
Movie Presenting Lily Mars Busboy 1943-04-29
Movie Reveille with Beverly Collins 1943-02-04
Movie All by Myself Waiter 1943-06-11
Movie Dizzy Pilots Private (uncredited) 1943-09-24
Movie Crazy House Bald Man / Director 1943-10-08
Movie The Sky's the Limit Canteen Waiter (uncredited) 1943-07-13
Movie A Lady Takes a Chance Gambler 1943-08-19
Movie Hi Diddle Diddle Saloon Waiter 1943-08-02
Movie My Favorite Spy Man in Park in Front of Kay 1942-06-12
Movie A Date with the Falcon Spectator 1942-01-16
Movie Powder Town Waiter (uncredited) 1942-06-19
Movie Beyond the Blue Horizon Member of La'oa's Gang (uncredited) 1942-06-25
Movie The Lady Eve Ship's Waiter with Toupee (uncredited) 1941-02-25
Movie Cracked Nuts Waiter 1941-07-02
Movie King of the Texas Rangers Eduardo 1941-10-03
Movie The Gay Falcon Angelo 1941-10-24
Movie Road to Singapore Man Hit with Soap Suds 1940-03-22
Movie Broadway Melody of 1940 Wedding Guest 1940-02-09
Movie Nothing But Pleasure Snacking Bus Rider 1940-01-19
Movie Primrose Path Benny - Man in Diner (uncredited) 1940-03-22
Movie Spring Parade Waiter Who Spills Tray (uncredited) 1940-09-27
Movie Second Chorus Room Service Waiter 1940-12-03
Movie Stranger on the Third Floor Giuseppe, the Italian Grocer 1940-08-16
Movie They Knew What They Wanted Tony's Pal at Table 1940-10-19
Movie The Villain Still Pursued Her Wedding Guest (uncredited) 1940-10-11
Movie Pest from the West Musician (uncredited) 1939-06-16
Movie Dangerous to Know Waiter 1938-03-11
Movie Everybody's Doing It Short Slap Happy Henchman 1938-01-14
Movie Having Wonderful Time Canteen Bartender (uncredited) 1938-07-01
Movie Cipher Bureau 1938-10-25
Movie Professor Beware Handshaker - Paint-Brush Gag 1938-07-29
Movie Topper Takes a Trip Hotel Staffer Moving Bed (uncredited) 1938-12-29
Movie Carefree Minor Role (uncredited) 1938-09-02
Movie History Is Made at Night Paul - Waiter at Victor's (uncredited) 1937-03-05
Movie Breakfast for Two Window Washer 1937-10-22
Movie Super-Sleuth Photographer 1937-07-16
Movie The Preview Murder Mystery Prop Man 1936-02-28
Movie Modern Times Worker (uncredited) 1936-02-05
Movie Walking on Air Silent Waiter at Beach Club (uncredited) 1936-09-11
Movie Smartest Girl in Town Hotel Porter 1936-11-27
Movie Hollywood Boulevard Man with Gong 1936-08-20
Movie I Don't Remember Dentist Patient 1935-12-25
Movie We're Only Human Counterman 1935-12-27
Movie Horse Feathers Speakeasy Patron (uncredited) 1932-08-19
Movie The Night of June 13 Jury Foreman 1932-09-17
Movie The Life of the Party Waiter 1930-10-25