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  • BIRTH 17/12/1894
  • DEATH 24/05/1976
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 31

Bobby Barber

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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.

Bobby Barber

Movies (31)

Modern Times
Modern Times
Worker (uncredited)
Laura
Laura
Newsboy (uncredited)
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
The Lady Eve
The Lady Eve
Ship's Waiter with Toupee (uncredited)
History Is Made at Night
History Is Made at Night
Paul - Waiter at Victor's (uncredited)
I'm No Angel
I'm No Angel
Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Across the Wide Missouri
Across the Wide Missouri
Gardipe (uncredited)
Hit the Ice
Hit the Ice
Candy Butcher (uncredited)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
Sneaky (uncredited)
Presenting Lily Mars
Presenting Lily Mars
Busboy
Calcutta
Calcutta
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Second Chorus
Second Chorus
Room Service Waiter (uncredited)
Vivacious Lady
Vivacious Lady
Italian Waiter at Nightclub (uncredited)
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
Waiter
Powder Town
Powder Town
Waiter (uncredited)
Breakfast for Two
Breakfast for Two
Window Washer
Dodsworth
Dodsworth
Italian Taxi Driver (Uncredited)
Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion
Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion
Arab on Jeep's Hood (uncredited)
Topper Takes a Trip
Topper Takes a Trip
Hotel Staffer Moving Bed (uncredited)
Smartest Girl in Town
Smartest Girl in Town
Hotel Porter
Stranger on the Third Floor
Stranger on the Third Floor
Giuseppe, the Italian Grocer (uncredited)
Let's Dance
Let's Dance
George - Bartender (uncredited)
Anchors Aweigh
Anchors Aweigh
Salad Cook on Olvera Street (uncredited)
Broadway Melody of 1940
Broadway Melody of 1940
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris…
Dry Cleaning Man (uncredited)
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Birthday Cake Waiter (uncredited)
Man of a Thousand Faces
Man of a Thousand Faces
The Miracle Man Extra (uncredited)
Carefree
Carefree
(uncredited)
I Walk Alone
I Walk Alone
Newsboy (uncredited)
Horse Feathers
Horse Feathers
Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
The Joker Is Wild
The Joker Is Wild
Waiter (uncredited)