John Barbour (actor)

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John Barbour
Born John Barbour
(1933-04-24) April 24, 1933 (age 81)
Toronto, Ontario
Occupation Actor, television host

John Barbour (born 24 April 1933[1] in Toronto, Ontario) is an actor, comedian, and television host, known as one of the hosts of the reality television series Real People.


Barbour moved to the United States in the early sixties. His comedy act, particularly his 1965 album It's Tough to Be White, dealt in part with civil rights and black-white relations.[2]

He is perhaps best known for creating and appearing in the hit 1970s TV show Real People. He also hosted the pilot for The Gong Show in the mid '70s, and was a regular panelist on the 1988 Canadian (US syndicated) version of Liar's Club.

Barbour portrayed game show host Harry Monte in a 1975 episode of Sanford and Son.[3][4]

Barbour narrated Keith Burns' documentary Ernie Kovacs: Television's Original Genius.[5]

He also directed and wrote the 1992 documentary The JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes.[6] This film covers the investigation of District Attorney Jim Garrison, who, after the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy, decided to further investigate the official report given by the Warren Commission. The documentary hypothesizes connections between the assassination and the FBI, the CIA, the Mafia, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and other organizations and foreign affairs issues.[7][8][9] The film won an award in 1993 at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain.


  1. ^ IMdB indicates 1933 birth year, other sources such as VH1 indicate 1934.
  2. ^ "WFMU's Beware of the Blog: The Philosophy of Phil Gramm and John McCain". Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Sanford and Son". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  4. ^ "John Barbour Filmography". Fandango. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Ernie Kovacs: Television's Original Genius". Internet Movie Database. November 17, 1982. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "A Reader's Guide to the Assassination". Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  7. ^ Wells, Jeffrey (21 February 1992). "Pop Culture News: Who Killed JFK?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  8. ^ "JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes (1991)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  9. ^ "Jim Garrison and the JFK assassination". Retrieved 2008-03-06. 

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