Bob Eubanks Biography
Bob Eubanks is an American nine-time Emmy concert producer, television personality, and game show host. He is best known for hosting the game show The Newlywed Game on and off since 1966.
Bob Eubanks Education
Eubanks attended Pasadena High School where he earned his High School Diploma in General Education in 1995. From there, he had to further his education. He joined Los Angeles Pierce College and then went on to become one of California’s most popular disc jockeys.
Bob Eubanks Career
Upon college graduation, he landed his first job in a radio station, KACY in Oxnard, California. In 1960, he joined KRLA in Pasadena to do the overnight show. He was later promoted to morning drive in the spring of 1962. A year later, he moved to his long-running 6–9 pm evening slot. In the 1960s, he worked as a concert producer including the Beatles’ 1964 and 1965 Hollywood Bowl performances and the Rolling Stones during the first two years of their American tour. In the course of his time in Los Angeles, he produced such artists as Merle Haggard, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, and The Supremes among others.
Bob Eubanks on Radio
Before he entered into game shows, he worked at station KRLA 1110 in Los Angeles as a popular radio DJ, music promoter, as well as a manager. This was between 1960 and 1968. In 1964 and 1965, he brought The Beatles to Los Angeles for their first West Coast performances. All took place at the famed Hollywood Bowl, with fellow KRLA DJs Dave Hull and Reb Foster joining Eubanks in introducing them. In addition to that, he operated several Cinnamon Cinder nightclubs.
Bob Eubanks’s Country Music Business and The Newlywed Game
Eubanks received a phone call from Chuck Barris in 1966 asking him to host a new game show, The Newlywed Game. The show premiered on ABC later that same year. While hosting The Newlywed Game, he was known for using the catchphrase “makin’ whoopee”, in reference to sexual intercourse. The Newlywed Game ended in 1974, after 2195 episodes, making Eubanks one of the most viewed game show hosts to date.
He also hosted a celebrity charity episode with Carnie Wilson and her husband Rob Bonfiglio playing against Carnie’s sister Wendy and her husband Daniel Knutson, their mother Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford, and her current husband Daniel Rutherford for season two of the show’s 2009 revival on GSN. In addition to that, he pursued a career in the country music business and served as manager of such artists as Marty Robbins, Barbara Mandrell, and Dolly Parton.
Bob Eubanks Age
Eubanks is 86 years old as of 2023. He was born (Robert Leland Eubanks) on January 8, 1938, in Flint, Michigan, United States. Eubanks celebrates his birthday on the 8th of January every year.
Bob Eubanks Height
Eubanks stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 8 inches.
Bob Eubanks Family
Eubanks was born in Flint, Michigan, but was raised primarily in Pasadena, California. He grew up listening to music, especially favorites like Frank Sinatra and Doc Watson. His father John Otho Leland Eubanks was born on September 28, 1905, and passed away on April 11, 1995. Eubanks’s mother, Gertrude Eubanks was born in 1907 and died in 1997. His parents hailed from Missouri.
They moved to Flint during the Great Depression, where their only child was born, before moving on to California. Eubanks watched popular classic television and quiz game shows. While growing up, he was influenced by Bill Cullen, Buddy Hackett, Howard Hughes, and Cary Grant.
Bob Eubanks Wife
Eubanks is married to Deborah James who is 29 years younger than him. The two tied the knot in 2004. Deborah is a wedding/events coordinator in Ventura, California, and has her own company, Bella Vita Events. Together they share a son, Noah. The couple put their Westlake Village, California home on the market in October 2010.
Previously, he was married to Irma Barnard of Ann Arbor, an avid athlete, ranch forewoman, and artist. They tied the knot on September 10, 1969. Together they were blessed with three children; Theresa, Corey, a stuntman, and Trace, a retired firefighter. The couple purchased a 20-acre portion of a working cattle ranch in 1970 and later expanded it to 26 acres.
During their free time as a family, they enjoyed riding and roping with Eubanks participating in rodeos. Eubanks is a gold card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Irma handled the landscaping, decorating, and mounting one to two equestrian shows a year. Unfortunately, she died in 2002 after a prolonged illness.
Bob Eubanks Net Worth
Eubanks has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned from his successful career as a concert producer, television personality, and game show host.
Bob Eubanks Salary
Eubanks earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $ 110,500.