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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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Dec 18, 1894 In New York, New York City, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Doughboys 1930-08-30
Latest Project:
Movie To Kill a Mockingbird 1962-12-25
Known For
Poster of The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Poster of Rainbow Island
Poster of Super-Sleuth
Poster of The Life of the Party
Movie To Kill a Mockingbird Courtroom Spectator (uncredited) 1962-12-25
Movie Man of a Thousand Faces The Miracle Man Extra (uncredited) 1957-08-15
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) 1951-10-12
Movie Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion Arab on Jeep's Hood (uncredited) 1950-08-05
Movie Let's Dance George - Bartender (uncredited) 1950-11-29
Movie Undertow Tony 1949-12-03
Movie Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Waiter 1948-06-15
Movie Vigilantes of Boomtown Corbett's second 1947-02-15
Movie The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Birthday Cake Waiter (uncredited) 1947-09-01
Movie The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap Waiter (uncredited) 1947-10-08
Movie Road to Utopia Bartender (uncredited) 1946-02-27
Movie Two Sisters from Boston Stagehand (uncredited) 1946-06-06
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 And Now Tomorrow Mill Worker 1944-11-22
Movie Rainbow Island Native Banana Man 1944-10-05
Movie Practically Yours Man on Subway (uncredited) 1944-12-20
Movie All by Myself Waiter 1943-06-11
Movie Hit the Ice Candy Butcher (uncredited) 1943-06-02
Movie Reveille with Beverly Collins (uncredited) 1943-02-04
Movie The Sky's the Limit Canteen Waiter (uncredited) 1943-07-13
Movie A Lady Takes a Chance Gambler 1943-08-19
Movie Swing Fever Soft Drink Vendor (uncredited) 1943-11-01
Movie Hi Diddle Diddle Saloon Waiter 1943-08-02
Movie Crazy House Bald Man / Director 1943-10-08
Movie Dizzy Pilots Private (uncredited) 1943-09-24
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 Roxie Hart Bald Juror (uncredited) 1942-02-20
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 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 In the Navy Sailor in Finale (uncredited) 1941-05-30
Movie King of the Texas Rangers Eduardo 1941-10-03
Movie The Gay Falcon Angelo 1941-10-24
Movie Hold That Ghost Waiter (uncredited) 1941-08-08
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 Primrose Path Benny - Man in Diner (uncredited) 1940-03-22
Movie The Villain Still Pursued Her Wedding Guest (uncredited) 1940-10-11
Movie They Knew What They Wanted Tony's Pal at Table 1940-10-19
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 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 Bartender (uncredited) 1938-07-01
Movie Topper Takes a Trip Hotel Staffer Moving Bed (uncredited) 1938-12-29
Movie Professor Beware Handshaker - Paint-Brush Gag 1938-07-29
Movie Cipher Bureau 1938-10-25
Movie Carefree (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 (Uncredited) 1936-02-28
Movie Modern Times Worker (uncredited) 1936-02-11
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 (uncredited) 1936-08-20
Movie I Don't Remember Dentist Patient 1935-12-25
Movie We're Only Human Counterman 1935-12-27
Movie The Night of June 13 Jury Foreman 1932-09-17
Movie Doughboys Doughboy (uncredited) 1930-08-30
Movie The Life of the Party Waiter 1930-10-25
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