Bob Homme

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Bob Homme
Born (1919-03-08)March 8, 1919
Stoughton, Wisconsin
Died May 2, 2000(2000-05-02) (aged 81)
Grafton, Ontario
Cause of death Prostate Cancer

Robert "Bob" Homme, CM (March 8, 1919 – May 2, 2000) was an American-born television actor, best known as the host of The Friendly Giant, a popular Canadian children's television program from the 1950s through the 1980s, which was broadcast on CBC Television.[1]

Homme became a citizen of Canada in the early 1990s, holding dual U.S.-Canada citizenship,[2] and was invested into the Order of Canada as a Member on November 2, 1998 in Grafton, Ontario. As Homme was too ill to travel, the Governor General came to him (instead of making Homme come to Rideau Hall where the award is usually bestowed), thus allowing him the postnominal C.M. [3]

Homme stood 5 foot, 11 inches tall.[4]

The authorized biography of Robert Homme, called Look Up - Way Up, was written by Grant D. Fairley.


Homme's step-granddaughter is singer and voice actress Emilie-Claire Barlow.[5]

Homme's son, Toronto jazz bassist Richard Homme, died May 6, 2011.[6]


Homme died on May 2, 2000 of prostate cancer.[7] He was 81 years old.


  1. ^ Brava Magazine website[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "The Empress Newsletter - Fall/Winter 2003". Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "TV ACRES: Children's Show Hosts > Bob Homme (The Friendly Giant)". Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Morris, Norman S. "What's Good About Children's TV". Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Biography of Cy Leonard, from Cy Leonard's official site (via, from 2008; retrieved May 7, 2011
  6. ^ "MacCoubrey Funeral Home". Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Obituary at Archived July 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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