Salesman of the Century
in Oldham Lancs., England in 1940,Tony says he owes
much of his enthusiastic and driving personality to
a loving Irish grandma and a whole street full of
Aunties who kept the spirits high during the dark
years of World War 2.
family came to Australia in 1947 and Anthony (as the
rellies call him)survived the Sisters of Mercy,the
Christian Brothers and seven years training to be
a Royal Australian Naval Officer finally getting his
foot on the first rung of the ladder as a cadet announcer
at 6GE Geraldton in 1961.
sisters of so-called mercy taught me to sing &
dance,the brothers taught me to bob & weave.The
navy taught me to play rugby, says Tony explaining
how he came to play rugger at Twickenham for the Navy.
the end of '62he was Perths leading DJ as well
as the star of the Charles Hotel floor Show and two
nights a week at the Lido Coral Room. doing Johnny
Mathis and Paul Anka impressions. Also starring in
rep. productions with the Scarborough players
the mid sixties Tony pursued his dreams in Sydney
via Hotel Talent Quests, a regular gig as resident
compere and vocalist at the legendary Spellsons nitery
in Pitt St. and a day job as an advertising
He cast himself as the Cambridge Whistler,the
central character in a TV cigarette and came under
commercial caught the public imagination,and more
importantly the eye of Bruce Gyngell then directing
the Network 7 Revolution. Gyngell proposed
Tony as Host for the Grundy daytime show Temptation
and his career really took off from there.
time followed with Great Temptation ,
a Gold Logie,a series of Gold Albums for R.C.A. and
sell-out concerts all round the country.
Including the Temptation series Family
Feud ,through to eleven years with Sale
of the Century,Tony estimates hes hosted
over 8,500 individual episodes of successful Grundy
own show 'Who am I', is a one man musical biography
which hes played in over three hundred venues
to over a quarter of a million patrons.His recently
published autobiography(Random House) of the same
name,made the best seller lists nationally in May
2000, and has been critically acclaimed.
demand for Tonys services in the Corporate sector
is constant and has included long term associations
with Westfield Corp., Hyundai,Diners Club, Trafalgar
Tours, and presently Renaissance Television and Primelife
also works with Visy Industries, Australia's biggest
manufacturer and distributor of packaging and paper
products, and for the Pratt family and associated
Charities and Companys as Entertainment Co-ordinator
resides in Malvern VIC.,has been happily married to
Helen for 30 years and has two daughters Kelly, 29
an Art Director, Jacqueline 27, a part time actress
plus Ben the corgi..
hobbies include Golf (14), swimming, skiing, tennis,
and horse Riding........
is an avid reader, cinema and theatregoer and
is computer semi-literate.
Man Australia does not represent Tony Barber