Adam Sandler Honors Late 'Happy Gilmore' Co-Star Bob Barker



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Adam Sandler Honors Late 'Happy Gilmore' Co-Star Bob Barker
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Adam Sandler's heartfelt message echoed across social media after the passing of his "Happy Gilmore" co-star, Bob Barker. The iconic host of "The Price Is Right" left an indelible mark not only in the world of game shows but also in the annals of comedy, particularly for his on-screen tussle with Sandler in the 1996 film.

On Twitter, Sandler shared, "The man. The myth. The best. Such a sweet, funny guy to hang out with. Loved every moment with him." The comedian's endearing words showcased the bond they shared, beyond the humorous on-screen brawl.

The scene from the pro-golf comedy "Happy Gilmore" is forever etched in the memories of fans. Portraying a fierce version of himself, Barker partners with Sandler's character, Happy, during the Pepsi Pro-Am tournament. However, as pressure mounts and their standing plummets, Barker's usual pleasant demeanor evaporates.

What unfolds is a memorable altercation on the golf course, with Barker infamously quipping, "Now you've had enough, bitch."

Rekindling On-Screen Rivalry

Their camaraderie wasn't just restricted to this movie. They reignited their playful feud during Comedy Central's 2015 special, "Night of Too Many Stars", in aid of autism programs.

Here, the duo hilariously squared off in a hospital using unconventional weapons. Furthermore, in a 2007 CBS special celebrating Barker's illustrious career, Sandler shared a poem as a tribute to the iconic game show host. Despite their comical rivalry, off-screen Barker and Sandler shared immense respect and admiration for each other.

Their friendly sparring on "Happy Gilmore" was a light-hearted departure from Barker's usual congenial public persona, which endeared him to audiences for nearly three decades. As news broke of Barker's demise, fans flooded social media with tributes, especially recalling their favorite "Happy Gilmore" scene.

Barker peacefully passed away in his Hollywood Hills residence due to natural causes, as confirmed by his representative. His publicist, Roger Neal, commemorated him as the "World's Greatest MC who ever lived." Adam Sandler encapsulated the sentiments of many, tweeting, "He will be missed by everyone I know! Heartbreaking day. Love to Bob, always, and his family! Thanks for all you gave us!"

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