Adam Sandler shared a heartwarming tribute to him Lucky Gilmore co-star Bob Barker, who died over the weekend.
Barker died of natural causes at his home in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, on Saturday morning (August 26). He was 99.
Numerous tributes poured in after news of Barker’s death, and Sandler is the latest celebrity to remember the late TV host.
Barker retired in 2007 after hosting the hit CBS game show The The price is right since 1972.
“The man. The myth. The best. Such a sweet, fun guy to spend time with.” Sandler wrote on X, formerly Twitter. “I enjoyed laughing with him. I enjoyed how he gave me hell.”
“He will be missed by everyone I know! heartbreaking day All the best to Bob and his family! Thanks for all you’ve given us!’
The Unpolished gems The 56-year-old star accompanied his post with photos of him and Barker together.
Barker starred in Sandler’s 1996 golf comedy Lucky Gilmore as himself appearing in the film when paired with Sandler’s character at the Pepsi Pro-Am tournament.
Tensions between the two characters come to a head during the tournament as the duo fall to last place on the chart, causing Barker’s trademark liking to wane.
The two get into a fight on the golf course, with Barker declaring, “I don’t want a piece of you. I want the whole thing.”
Gilmore appears to defeat Barker with a tackle that sends them both falling down the hill.
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At this point, Sandler utters the film’s most iconic line, a variant of Barker’s The price is right Catchphrase: “The price is wrong, bastard.”
However, Barker jumps up out of nowhere, kicks Gilmore in the face and starts the fight again, ending with him saying, “Now you’ve had enough, son of a bitch.”
In 2015, Barker and Sandler reprized their beloved characters for Comedy Central night of too many starswho raised money for autism programs.
The duo continued their fisticuffs, but this time in a hospital, using bedpans as weapons.
A year later, that same year, Barker resigned from hosting The price is correctSandler took part in a CBS special celebrating Barker’s legendary career.
The Click Stern recited a poem written in honor of the TV presenter.
During his career, Barker has won 19 Daytime Emmy Awards, received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in 1999, and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2004.
Barker was also known for his support for animal welfare causes. He donated US$5 million (£3.98 million) to anti-whaling organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which has one of their ships named after him.
In 2013, Barker donated US$1 million (£795,500) to move three captive elephants from the Toronto Zoo to a sanctuary in California.
Barker had said that it was his wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon, who was behind his fight for animal welfare.
Gideon died of lung cancer in 1981 and never remarried.
“She was ahead of her time. She really was,” Barker said of his late wife. “She stopped wearing fur coats before anyone stopped. She became a vegetarian before humans became vegetarians. And little by little I did the same to her.”