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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:
73
First Appeared:
In the movie Doughboys 1930-08-30
Latest Project:
Movie To Kill a Mockingbird 1962-12-25
Known For
Poster of Smartest Girl in Town
Poster of Walking on Air

Bobby Barber Movies Filmography

Movie
To Kill a Mockingbird
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited) 1962-12-25
Series
Have Gun – Will Travel
Unknown 1957-09-14
Movie
Man of a Thousand Faces
The Miracle Man Extra (uncredited) 1957-08-15
Series
The Abbott and Costello Show
1952-12-05
Series
Adventures of Superman
Unknown 1952-09-19
Movie
Across the Wide Missouri
Gardipe (uncredited) 1951-10-01
Movie
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
Sneaky 1951-03-07
Movie
Let's Dance
George - Bartender (uncredited) 1950-11-29
Movie
Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion
Arab on Jeep's Hood (uncredited) 1950-08-05
Movie
Undertow
Tony 1949-12-03
Movie
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Waiter 1948-06-15
Movie
The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
Waiter (uncredited) 1947-10-08
Movie
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Birthday Cake Waiter (uncredited) 1947-09-01
Movie
Vigilantes of Boomtown
Corbett's second 1947-02-15
Movie
Two Sisters from Boston
Stagehand (uncredited) 1946-06-06
Movie
From This Day Forward
Ice Man 1946-03-02
Movie
Road to Utopia
Bartender (uncredited) 1946-02-27
Movie
Earl Carroll Vanities
Cab Driver 1945-04-05
Movie
Sensation Hunters
Waiter (uncredited) 1945-10-12
Movie
I Love a Soldier
Funhouse Attendant 1945-07-12
Movie
Anchors Aweigh
Salad Cook on Olvera Street (uncredited) 1945-07-14
Movie
Practically Yours
Man on Subway (uncredited) 1944-12-20
Movie
And Now Tomorrow
Mill Worker 1944-11-22
Movie
Laura
Newsboy (uncredited) 1944-10-11
Movie
Rainbow Island
Native Banana Man 1944-10-05
Movie
Crazy House
Bald Man / Director 1943-10-08
Movie
A Lady Takes a Chance
Gambler 1943-08-19
Movie
Hi Diddle Diddle
Saloon Waiter 1943-08-02
Movie
The Sky's the Limit
Canteen Waiter (uncredited) 1943-07-13
Movie
All by Myself
Waiter 1943-06-11
Movie
Hit the Ice
Candy Butcher (uncredited) 1943-06-02
Movie
Presenting Lily Mars
Busboy 1943-04-29
Movie
Reveille with Beverly
Collins (uncredited) 1943-02-04
Movie
A Date with the Falcon
Spectator 1942-01-16
Movie
Roxie Hart
Bald Juror (uncredited) 1942-02-20
Movie
Powder Town
Waiter (uncredited) 1942-06-07
Movie
My Favorite Spy
Man in Park in Front of Kay 1942-06-12
Movie
Who Done It?
Test Technician in Booth (uncredited) 1942-10-30
Movie
Beyond the Blue Horizon
Member of La'oa's Gang (uncredited) 1942-06-25
Movie
In the Navy
Sailor in Finale (uncredited) 1941-05-30
Movie
The Lady Eve
Ship's Waiter with Toupee (uncredited) 1941-02-25
Movie
Second Chorus
Room Service Waiter (uncredited) 1941-01-03
Movie
Cracked Nuts
Waiter 1941-07-02
Movie
Hold That Ghost
Waiter (uncredited) 1941-08-08
Movie
King of the Texas Rangers
Eduardo 1941-10-03
Movie
The Gay Falcon
Angelo 1941-10-24
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
Spring Parade
Waiter Who Spills Tray (uncredited) 1940-09-27
Movie
Stranger on the Third Floor
Giuseppe, the Italian Grocer (uncredited) 1940-08-16
Movie
Primrose Path
Benny - Man in Diner (uncredited) 1940-03-22
Movie
Road to Singapore
Man Hit with Soap Suds (uncredited) 1940-03-22
Movie
Broadway Melody of 1940
Wedding Guest (uncredited) 1940-02-09
Movie
Nothing But Pleasure
Snacking Bus Rider 1940-01-19
Movie
Pest from the West
Musician (uncredited) 1939-06-16
Movie
Topper Takes a Trip
Hotel Staffer Moving Bed (uncredited) 1938-12-29
Movie
Carefree
(uncredited) 1938-09-02
Movie
Professor Beware
Handshaker - Paint-Brush Gag 1938-07-29
Movie
Having Wonderful Time
Bartender (uncredited) 1938-07-01
Movie
Dangerous to Know
Waiter 1938-03-11
Movie
Cipher Bureau
1938-10-25
Movie
Breakfast for Two
Window Washer 1937-10-22
Movie
Super-Sleuth
Photographer 1937-07-16
Movie
History Is Made at Night
Paul - Waiter at Victor's (uncredited) 1937-03-05
Movie
The Preview Murder Mystery
Prop Man 1936-02-28
Movie
Modern Times
Worker (uncredited) 1936-02-11
Movie
Smartest Girl in Town
Hotel Porter 1936-11-27
Movie
Hollywood Boulevard
Man with Gong (uncredited) 1936-08-20
Movie
Walking on Air
Silent Waiter at Beach Club (uncredited) 1936-09-11
Movie
We're Only Human
Counterman 1935-12-27
Movie
The Night of June 13
Jury Foreman 1932-09-17
Movie
Horse Feathers
Speakeasy Patron (uncredited) 1932-08-19
Movie
Doughboys
Doughboy (uncredited) 1930-08-30