Bobby Barber

Bobby Barber

  • Born on
    • December 18th, 1894
  • Died on
    • May 24th, 1976
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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Acting (45 Credits)

1962To Kill a Mockingbird as Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
1957Man of a Thousand Faces as The Miracle Man Extra (uncredited)
1953All I Desire
1952The Abbott and Costello Show
1951Across the Wide Missouri as Gardipe (uncredited)
1951Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man as Sneaky
1950Let's Dance as George - Bartender (uncredited)
1950Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion as Arab on Jeep's Hood (uncredited)
1949Undertow as Tony
1948Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein as Waiter
1947I Walk Alone as Newsboy (uncredited)
1947The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer as Birthday Cake Waiter (uncredited)
1947The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap as Waiter (uncredited)
1946Two Sisters from Boston as Stagehand (uncredited)
1945Sensation Hunters as Waiter (uncredited)
1945Road to Utopia as Bartender (uncredited)
1945Anchors Aweigh as Salad Cook on Olvera Street (uncredited)
1944Laura as Newsboy (uncredited)
1943The Sky's the Limit as Canteen Waiter (uncredited)
1943Hit the Ice as Candy Butcher (uncredited)
1943Presenting Lily Mars as Busboy
1943A Lady Takes a Chance as Gambler
1943Hi Diddle Diddle as Saloon Waiter
1942A Date with the Falcon as Spectator
1942Who Done It? as Test Technician in Booth (uncredited)
1942Roxie Hart as Bald Juror (uncredited)
1941The Lady Eve as Ship's Waiter with Toupee (uncredited)
1941Hold That Ghost as Waiter (uncredited)
1941The Gay Falcon as Angelo
1941In the Navy as Sailor in Finale (uncredited)
1940Road to Singapore as Man Hit with Soap Suds (uncredited)
1940Primrose Path as Benny - Man in Diner (uncredited)
1940Stranger on the Third Floor as Giuseppe, the Italian Grocer (uncredited)
1940Second Chorus as Room Service Waiter (uncredited)
1940Broadway Melody of 1940 as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
1938Carefree as (uncredited)
1938Topper Takes a Trip as Hotel Staffer Moving Bed (uncredited)
1938Having Wonderful Time as Bartender (uncredited)
1937History Is Made at Night as Paul - Waiter at Victor's (uncredited)
1937Breakfast for Two as Window Washer
1936Dodsworth as Italian Taxi Driver (Uncredited)
1936Modern Times as Worker (uncredited)
1936Great Guy as Grocery Clerk (Uncredited)
1932Horse Feathers as Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)

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