Saturday 25 August 2012

Bobby Barber

Born: 18 December 1894, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 24 May 1976, Seal Beach, California, USA
Bobby Barber was a comical bit part actor. He was often to be found in Abbott and Costello films as a visual joke on account of his height and appearance. He also played a lot of waiters.
Pep Up (1929) as Clothing Salesman on Street (uncredited)
A short silent comedy starring Cliff Bowes.
Soup to Nuts (1930) as Revolutionary (uncredited)
Bobby Barber is front left of this picture, in the top hat. The tall man is Robert Milasch.

Nifty Nurses (1934) as X-Ray Doctor (uncredited)

Bobby is the shortest, with Billy Gilbert and Johnny Downs.

Dodsworth (1936) as Italian taxi driver (uncredited)
Walter Huston has his hand up.

Smartest Girl in Town (1936) as Hotel porter (uncredited)

Bobby is on the left. The man pulling the face is Eric Blore.

Having Wonderful Time (1938) as Canteen bar tender (uncredited)

Bobby Barber can just be seen on the right of this picture.

Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) as Giuseppe, the Italian grocer (uncredited)

With Margaret Tallichet.

Spring Parade (1940) as Waiter who spills tray (uncredited)

Bobby as the bald waiter in the middle just before the tray is knocked out of his hand. Not an easy one to see.

Second Chorus (1940) as Room service waiter (uncredited)

Burgess Meredith is on the right.

The Gay Falcon (1941) as Angelo (uncredited)

Bobby Barber gives good advice to George Sanders.

A Date with the Falcon (1942) as Short spectator (uncredited)

Wendy Barrie stands just behind Bobby to the right of the picture.

Powder Town (1942) as Waiter (uncredited)

With Marten Lamont.

The Falcon in Danger (1943) as Waiter (uncredited)

Bobby Barber is on the right. Also in the picture is Cliff Clark, Edward Gargan, Tom Conway and Amelita Ward.

Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) as Saloon waiter (uncredited)

Bobby is on the left, with Adolphe Menjou.

Dizzy Pilots (1943) as Private in Drill Squad (uncredited)

As Larry Fine and Curly Howard march through the shot we see Bobby Barber in the centre of the background with a moustache.

Practically Yours (1944) as Man on subway (uncredited)
Bobby Barber is nearest to us in the hat.

I Walk Alone (1947) as Newsboy (uncredited)

With Lizabeth Scott.

Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Gardipe (uncredited)


Abbott and Costello Lost in Alaska (1952) as Ship's cook (uncredited)

With Lou Costello.

The Abbott and Costello Show: The Dentist Office (1952) (Season 1, Episode 2) as Man with overcoat (uncredited)

This shot really shows you how small Bobby Barber was.

The Abbott and Costello Show: The Vacation (1952) (Season 1, Episode 4) as Man in pajamas (uncredited)

The Abbott and Costello Show: The Pigeon (1953) (Season 2, Episode 21) as Painter (uncredited)


  1. Bobby was great. I have fun spotting him in films.

  2. bobby barber was so funny. I love seeing him in the a&c tv shows.