George Barris

  • Born: November 20, 1925
  • Died: November 5, 2015
  • Location: Los Angeles, California

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George Barris

Creator of television's original Batmobile…

George Barris, who created television's original Batmobile, along with custom vehicles for "The Munsters" and "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died at 89. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

His inspiration, inspired me to get in custom cars and trucks. He will always be in every mind of custom vehicles.

Posted by Kevin Petroff - Tampa, FL   April 27, 2020

I'm still missing this talented and kind person. I can't believe it's been three years now. I'm reminded at least once a week, of George's smart showmanship qualities and automotive design creativity!
"Here's to you, George!"

Posted by Steve Rinne - BURBANK, CA - Acquaintance   November 05, 2018

Miss you. Thank you for sharing your life's passion with us.

Posted by John Roundtree - Westland, MI - Friend   November 05, 2018

Godspeed George, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   November 06, 2017

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We first met George 30 years ago in April 1997 when we had traveled from Florida to meet him at his shop and to see the original Batmobile. Although George was busy he took the time to chat with us at length and autograph several photos and a book for us. We were there at his shop for about two hours taking photos and talking with some of the fellows in the shop. It was a real pleasure for both of us to meet and talk with him, one we will never forget.

I ran into George a few more times over the years and last saw him in May 2011 again at his shop. He was always friendly and loved to talk with his fans. It was at that time I met Joji and found her to be as delightful to talk with as her dad.

George was one who set high standards for the kustomizing of various vehicles in the automotive industry for many years. There have been a lot of kustomizers over the years but there will only ever be one George Barris, "King of the Kustomizers."

Posted by Robert & Donna Dea - DeLand, FL - Acquaintance   November 05, 2017

Hello everyone.
I just can't believe it's been two years since we lost George.
George was an immense influence on me, all throughout my car hobby life.
I still miss him a lot.
My best regards to the entire Barris family

Posted by Steve Rinne - BURBANK, CA - Acquaintance   November 05, 2017

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Can not thank you enough George. Growing up with your incredible visions helped me to be more artistic.

I am the founder of Raptor Paranormal Services of So. Cal. If anyone needs any help just let me know.

Posted by Mike Rousseau - Ontario, CA - Friend   November 03, 2017

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Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   November 25, 2016

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R.I.P. George

Posted by John Roundtree - Westland, MI - Family Friend   November 04, 2016

So sorry to hear of George's passing.... the heavens were in need of a few custom street rods to roar thru the gates of heaven and they needed the best in the business...and called upon George. From one hot rodder to another.... best wishes and God bless you always!

Posted by Jeffery Zunker - Ashland, WI   February 21, 2016

my heartfelt condolences from the HINSON family on the loss of a true pioneer of super cars of classic customization he is a real master of true design concepts I have had the honor to call him on his phone either at the shop or his home to tell him that I,m a true fan of THE CAR! I had the distinct privilege to praise him of his work not only of THE CAR but the other fantastic RIDES he has converted to a fantastic creation of superior art, but had transformed a serious ride from duldrum to wow! and even beyond MR GEORGE BARRIS R.I.P. SIR IT WAS A TOTAL HONOR TO HAVE SPOKEN TO A TRUE MASTER OF CARS GOD BLESS THE BARRIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF A GREAT ARTIST OF CARS INDEED! SIGNED JOHN F, HINSON U.S.N.R.RET

Posted by JOHN F. HINSON - ABSECON, NJ   February 14, 2016

Posted by Yolanda " Cricket" King    January 28, 2016

Posted by Rick Marshall    January 27, 2016

In June of 1970 I met George as a young child at his Barris Kustom shop. I remember him parking the Batmobile on the lawn in front of the shop. My family had moved to Toluca Lake CA, and lived on Riverside Dr. It was awesome meeting the creator of the Batmobile, my favorite car in the world. I went back to the area in July of 2012, to see the Batmobile once again, George was not around. I had returned for my Grandmothers funeral, who is also buried at Forest Lawn.. I had no clue the Batmobile was going to be sold in 2013. It was really strange because I will always keep the memory of meeting him at a young age forever. I even collected his card and sticker set, Kustom cars in the 70's. I will miss not only his creative genius, but how kind he was to me ,when I met him. RIP sir, you will be missed.

Posted by Frank Basil - San Francisco, CA - First Met when I was 6 years old   January 26, 2016

Thanks for bringing me into the car world I still see cars that you designed in reruns on television

Posted by Joe. Wall - Conshohcken, PA - Lucky. Fan   January 13, 2016

Having been a fan of George Barris since the late 1950's, it was a thrill to finally meet him in 1998 at the World of Wheels in Boston, again in 2006, and then at Foxwoods in 2011. He signed some of my collection including Batmobile and Munster Coach models, a model of the Ala Kart, and some 1960's Rod and Custom magazines in which he was featured. In 2006 my wife and I were able to have photos taken with George in front of the Batmobile and the Munster Coach.

He was always pleasant, friendly, and most gracious when we asked in 2006 to use our own camera - he had a Polaroid. He will be missed greatly by all, but his body of work and inspiration to all lives on. We are thankful that he was blessed with 89 productive years. Rest in peace, George Barris, and may God bless.

Posted by Howard Wagner - Wrentham, MA - Long time fan   December 08, 2015

George was one of the biggest inspirations in my life and he will be missed by many.
I am very glad I was able to be at the services.

Posted by John J Vogel - Milpitas, CA - Friend   December 06, 2015

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First memories I have of Mr. Barris is when I got a AMT model of the Ala Kart back in the early 1960's. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Dan Button - Glasgow, KY   December 05, 2015

I met you at Cleveland Autorama a few years back, I had a 33 lp you had recorded, it was my dads....I let you borrow it to re-record it.....rest in peace.....

Posted by mark swartzlander - karns city, PA   December 04, 2015

So sad to hear George Barris has passed away. I am glad that I was able to meet him. I send my love to Joji and her brother.

Posted by Billie Wofford Pommier - Fort Lauderdale, FL   December 01, 2015

R.I.P. George

Posted by Richard Florence - Springdale, AR   December 01, 2015

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george was an inspiration to many car guys and built the most famous car in the world. my prayers are with the family.

Posted by justin story - NC   November 29, 2015

AS a kid growing up in the San Fernando valley in the 1950 it always great to go to the hot rod shops and BARRIS was the high point as kid and I was at his shop 1 year ago and talked to him for some time, he was always kind to me as a kid and easy to talk to.
I have may friends that knew him more close then me, but he inspired me to this day. Many say there will never be a man as great as him, I hope he will be a starting point for the young to see they to can some day be a high point to some kid as i was.
The world has lost a great man, I will never forget the times I talked to him one on one. Thanks George
DAVID PAKCYK

Posted by DAVID PAKCYK - CANOGA PARK, CA   November 29, 2015

Rest in peace, George, and thank you for gracing my childhood with your wonderful creations.

Posted by Michael M. - Vancouver, B.C., Canada - Fan   November 29, 2015

A wise man once told me A dream is just that Life is only going to be what you allow it to be follow your love and passion Happiness will follow. That man was George Barris. I just want to say thank you for the encouragement and the great chats on the phone You will be missed however you will live forever through the hearts of all who knew you and you touched. It was an honor and I am proud to have got to know you and call you my friend thank you for everything Until we meet again...Charlie,

Posted by Inexpensive Hot Rods - Ocala, FL - friend   November 29, 2015

Thank you George, for promoting the custom and classic car world, and for being such a nice guy. I will really miss seeing you at so many car events, and my having always nice conversations with you. So many people honored you George, by attending your memorial / celebration of your life. May you rest in peace for eternity George.

Posted by Barry Maiten - Los Angeles, CA   November 29, 2015

Rip George you will be missed

Posted by Robert Ferrell - Los angeles, CA - Fan   November 28, 2015

Our. Love. And. Prayers. Are. With. The. Barris. Family. Always

Posted by Jack. Sergio - Los. Angeles, CA - Associate. / friend   November 28, 2015

As a kid in the 5o's I used to read the ' little books' and dream about the Barris brothers Kustoms. I wanted one and I wanted to work there. Neither happened but I do have a Barris inspired 47 Ford and I have met and talked to George many times over the years . George was a true gentleman and the 'King of the kustomizers' My condolences to his family and friends and I will pause at 10.00 a.m. today for a moment of silence .R.I.P. George

Posted by Bob Tindale - Brantford Ontario Canada - fan   November 28, 2015

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It was an honor to meet George several years ago. My prayers and thoughts are with your family during these times. Enjoy the celebration of his legacy today and always.

Posted by John Gregory Roundtree - Westland, MI - Friend   November 28, 2015

Mr. Barris,
The world has lost a legend. You wefe always at the forefront of the automotive design world thinking outside the box. You had a positive impact on my life by seeing cars that were built by hand full of function and beauty. Rest in peace. God speed.

Posted by C. G. Meyer - San Clemente, CA - A fellow gear head   November 28, 2015

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To the Barris Family,

I had the honor of first meeting George when in April 1997, I stopped by his shop to visit, and of course, check out his most famous creation the Batmobile. We had the chance to chat and he allowed me to walk around his shop for quite some time snapping photos. For that, I will forever be grateful.

I met him again in 2003 at the close of the Klassix Auto Museum in Daytona Beach and was able to get together for some photos again. That was just one of the great things about him, he always made the time to share time with people who wanted to see him.

I cannot think of another who has led the kind of life George has. Designer, builder, photographer, entrepreneur, showman and so much more. He has left all of us with a legacy that will be talked about for generations.

Thank you, George, for all you have done in the world of custom cars hot rods and especially to this 10-year-old in 1966, the one and only Batmobile!

Prayers and blessings to the Barris family as you celebrate the life of this extraordinary remarkable man. George and Shirley are together again.

Respectfully submitted,

Robert A. Dea
DeLand, FL

Posted by Robert A. Dea - DeLand, FL   November 28, 2015

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RIP MY FRIEND

Posted by DAN GIBBONS - RAINIER, OR   November 28, 2015

George was a wonderful friend and nice person. He will be sorely missed by
me and everyone who knew and loved him.

My best regards to his family members,

Stephanie J. Hibler
Hibler & Associates

hiblerassoc@earthlink.net

Posted by Stephanie J. Hibler - Los Angeles, CA - Friend   November 28, 2015

He was such a grand gentleman. My favorite moment was when coach and I flew up to Sacramento with him and he told us of his life with enthusiasm and humor. My other favorite moment was watching the bat mobile being auctioned at Barrett Jackson and he and Jared emotional moment. I am sorry I can't be at the service, but his legacy lives on forever. Sending love and prayers.

Posted by Debra Engilman - Studio city, CA - Jared,s Spanish teacher señora   November 28, 2015

I met and interviewed George in Sydney this year at Motorex. He was just so friendly and his stories and memories were the best. Sorry I did not get to visit with him after SEMA. He was unique and the King in our industry and paved the way for what we have today. God bless you George.

Posted by David Newton-Ross - Avalon Beach - Magazine editor in Australia   November 28, 2015

George see you on the other side in Hot Rod Heaven RIP Wally (Wolfman) Pearson

Posted by A friend   November 27, 2015

So sorry to heat about Mr Barris. My wife and I met him at the Volo auto museum in Volo Illinois. It was such an honor to meet a legend like him....My deepest condolences to his family. ..

Posted by Peter Sweeney - Bartlett, IL   November 27, 2015

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George,

As a car guy and car family, my wife Terry Petrillo, daughter Natalie Petrillo, and I have honored the relationship that we have had with you and your family. Our visits with you and your family have always been filled with respect to everyone, love of life and fun and enjoyment.

Hearing your stories about your career and imagining how you changed the lives of many through the utilization of your imagination and the execution of your designs, was always exciting to us.

Unfortunately, we have no way of measuring the enjoyment you brought to all including the movie industry, their viewers, the car industry and the public that viewed your unbelievable vehicle creations. We have no way of identifying the careers that you self started through your talent for those who said "I want to be like George Barris and express my talent."

George, you have a wonderful family that along with your friends will never forget you. This is one way to identify our love and respect for you, your talent and kindness you brought to others through your personal and business relationships.

It has been an honor knowing you and the time you spent with me sharing your stories especially about the Rat Pack and Elvis, who I have always admired their ability to attract others through their talent and mostly their kindness to others. Just like you George.

God Bless you George Barris, we will miss you and your smile.

Joe Petrillo

Posted by Joe Petrillo - San Marino, CA - Personal Friend of Family   November 27, 2015

God bless you, George. I hope they have a wonderful workshop for you in Heaven.

Posted by Steve Rinne - BURBANK, CA - Aquaintance & long-time customer   November 27, 2015

A great friend, a great family. Will always be the King of the Kustomizers for generations to come...

Posted by Lou Farah - Burbank, CA - friend   November 26, 2015

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We love you George. We will miss you. You and Shirley made our times together with you always loads of fun. All our vacations, trips, parties, boating, waterskiing, snowskiing, tennis and all our card and board games were the best.
We were so lucky to have you in our lives.

We are sure there is a big party in heaven going on now.
George give Shirley a big kiss and hug for us.

You are in our hearts and will be forever. ( also in our garage )
All our love and prayers to Joji, Brett and Jared at this time. Your memories of George are endless.

Lov you,
The Frank Monteleone family

Posted by Diane Monteleone - Sierra Madre, CA - friend   November 26, 2015

our thoughts and prayers are with you
our deepest sympathy
so proud to meet such a beautiful and brilliant Family, Joji, Jared, Barry and Brett.

Posted by Bernt Karlsson and Charise - wildomar, CA - friends   November 24, 2015

On behalf of the Charles M. Jordan family, our deepest condolences go out to Joji, Brett and the whole Barris family. George will undoubtedly leave an enormous void in the automotive world.



Throughout the decades, my late father Chuck and George had a very special and enduring friendship. Their friendship began in the late 1950's when they first met at George's California shop where they discussed the "Candy Apple" paint process that George pioneered and Chuck so admired. From that initial meeting, Chuck, George, Shirley and my Mother Sally established a friendship that flourished over the years.



Chuck immensely admired George for his innovation, prolific work and his many ground breaking automotive designs. Most importantly, Chuck thought George was a fun and personable guy!



More recently, I ran into George at one of the past SEMA shows in Las Vegas. I was so excited to see him to say Hello! Even though it was noticeable to me that George had physically aged, the passion in his voice was still as energetic as that of a young kid! He was the most personable guy anyone could ever know and what a master showman! For me, some of my great childhood memories were attributed to George and his iconic car creations to some of my favorite TV shows. To this day, I still have my cherished book of signed photographs from the Batman and the Munsters TV shows which George sent to us kids back in the day.



There are a few memorable Jordan Family stories about George;



Batmobile



George had just created the Batmobile for the mega-successful TV series, "Batman". In 1967, George was doing a promotional tour around various parts of the USA with Adam West (Batman), who was quite a celebrity in those days. George decided to stop by Detroit, so he telephoned Chuck to ask him if he could come by for a visit together with Adam West to GM Styling. Word of this upcoming visit got out to the styling staff and a few of the "Jokester" designers decided to play a prank on Chuck.



After George and Adam arrived at the styling center, my dad proudly took them on a tour of GM Styling. When Chuck took his guests to lunch, a few of the GM designers grabbed Chuck's brand new 1967 Corvette and did it up in a "Batman" motif. Of course Chuck had no idea of this prank.



At the end of the tour, George, Chuck and Adam proceeded to the GM Styling executive garage where Chuck proudly wanted to show them the latest GM styling concept cars in addition to his newly acquired '67 Corvette. The funny thing of this all, is when they entered the garage, Chuck turns to look at his Corvette and was shocked and flabbergasted. He quickly realized his Car had been transformed into a "Batmobile". He was speechless and didn't know what to say to George. The joke was on him. The prankster designers got him good! Needless to say, George and Adam got a good laugh!



Munster Koach



In 1964, George took the Munster Koach on tour around some major cities in the US to promote "the Munsters" show. One of his stops was Detroit. One Saturday morning, George phoned Chuck and asked if he wanted to get together for a casual visit. Chuck obliged and invited George out to the house. Low and behold, George drives up in the Munster Koach! It was a total surprise! At the time, My sister and I were great fans of the Munsters TV show, and having the Munster Koach in our driveway with its creator, was like going to heaven! George was generous enough to take us kids out for a ride around town and the whole experience made us feel like local celebrities! I quickly invited all my friends over to see this "bigger than life" vehicle. This has always been such an awesome childhood memory! What an awesome car designer! What an awesome friend! You will be greatly missed! Thanks again George.



Our deepest condolences,



The Jordan family

Posted by Sally, Debra, Melissa and Mark - Laguna Niguel, CA   November 24, 2015

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I become friends with George through my late husband Elden Titus.
Elden and his brother (Jerry) produce a fun car show call the Leadsled
Spectacular in Salina, Kansas. George Barris attended many years and was always a joy to have a conversation with. I truly enjoyed his stories throughout his life.

A great memory of George was my late husband and myself came to his shop and George introduced us to all of his family and friend at the shop and gave us the grand tour. There was so much to see.

George Barris had a heart of Gold.

I send my deepest sympathy to his family and friends as George the legend will be missed.

Posted by Tammy Titus - Wichita, KS - Friend   November 24, 2015

Posted by BIG BOYS TOYZ COOK J - GLENDALE, AZ   November 24, 2015

Thank you for taking your visions to the next level by making them come true. We love you for that. thax again and Rest In Peace, dear one.

Posted by Karen C. - Los Angeles, CA   November 24, 2015

George had an amazing God-given gift of artistry, imagination & ability to design & build timeless automotive creations that have positively influenced generations of artists & fellow automotive enthusiasts. George greatly inspired me to become an artist & admirer of the unique artistry within automotive design at a very young age. Thanks so very much George, for your humble nature, sense of humor & contributions to the automotive history & legacy. My prayers & condolences go out to the entire Barris family.

Posted by Alrien J. Berg - Santa Susana, CA - Friend & Admirer   November 23, 2015

My heart felt condolences to the family of Mr Barris. We all live laugh and love, to only one day be taken to a better place and leave behind the people we have touched.

Posted by Doug Tuller - Bridgewater, NJ - Club member TMPCC   November 23, 2015

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not sure what to say or how to....I've been building model cars/trucks for 50+ years and sir your Kustoms are works of art! Thank you for the memories! Rest now & I picture Barris Kustoms cruising in heaven! =0)

Posted by Michael Sund - San Marcos, CA - inspired Model car builder   November 23, 2015

Thank you George for all you did for the car customization world. You are truly a legend and we will never forget you. It was a pleasure meeting you at car shows and events. RIP! Prayers to all of the Barris family.

Posted by Lou Cicciari - Simi Valley, CA - Friend   November 23, 2015

My dad loved the way cars worked and I loved the way they looked. Seeing George Barris on TV and learning about his work brought us both together. George was a pioneer and had a real vision. He made it to the top. The best. And as long as there's a TV nearby or a car show down the road, he'll be with us. Rest in peace and thank you, George Barris! To the Batmobile!

Posted by Tom Woodruff, Jr. - West Hills, CA   November 23, 2015

My deepest condolences to innovated man and his family n friends thank you for all the pics information and may you rest in peace.

Posted by colleen lin - pawtucket, RI   November 23, 2015

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I would like to give my condolences to the Barris Family. I have known George for a very long time. I'm a friend of his from new York. I will always remember him and keep him in my prayers. He will be missed very very much. Patty Joungblood

Posted by Patty Joungblood - Howard Beach, NY - Friend   November 22, 2015

My memory of george me and my brother have always love the batmobile
we herd it was going to be at autorama this is 10+ ago the car didn't show
we were walking around there was george we ask if we could get a pic he was very gracious and we got a pic we didn't get to see the car but this was more than we could have ever thought we could, later i was working only 5 min away in burbank ca, i drove down on my lunch to the shop joji was great i got to see my dream cars and she got me a great pic with george and the batmobile both were very gracious no better people on this earth, george leave behind some great memories for me and my brother.

Posted by Neil Mccoy - Stockton, CA - met a few times   November 21, 2015

What a blessing to have know the Barris Family and the one of a kind, God broke the mold man George was, is and will FOREVER be a legend♥

Love and prayers to the family. I LOVE you and wish you Infinite, love & peace.
May the multitude of memories you dad has left in the hearts of so many people, lift your pain of his loss.

LOVE YOU♥
Brenda

Posted by Brenda Fox - Westlake Village, CA - Scodoobie   November 21, 2015

to a grate man my you rest in piece and please accept my condolences to your family god bless you all. thanks for keeping the story about my dad and his car. thank you for your big heart marina abbatello

Posted by marina abbatello - sacramento, CA   November 21, 2015

goodbye to an amazing man George barres the king of kustoms who was well none for his outlandish kustom cars he built i only got to met him once in my life time. and that was on Dec 11 2014 at his north Hollywood California shop sense the 1950's.after waiting for all most 45 min they finely came.rollen in a custom Toyota pries i then walked around to the back door and there he was sitting at his desk he sed come on in. he was the nicest person you could ever meet. he spent 1/12 hrs with me and showed me all of his stuff and we talked about cars and other things it was like a dream come true. i felt just like a little kid in a candy shop. i got to go in to all of his shops and look at some of his master peaces he had made and it was all there and thin his daughter took a few a photos of Mr barres and me and lots Moore wear taken and thin he gave me his autograph on the last full cover magazine that my car was in.wot a blessing i never tout this wold happen. my god be with you George barres the king of kustoms the real thing my your legon live on. thanks for the specail time peter abbatello oregon

Posted by peter abbatello - klamath falls, OR   November 21, 2015

We had the privilege to spend time with George several times. He introduced us to several other Car Folks. He was always ready to share his knowledge and was a kind man. We will always appreciate our time with George and will share our memories forever. God bless. Capt Bob and Arlo from Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio.

Posted by Arlo Dillman - Milwaukee, WI - Aquaintance   November 19, 2015

What a creative mind Mr. Barris had. One that proved to be both productive and profitable. Eternity has been promised to persons stored in God's memory. Just think of all the exciting transit devices George Barris will envision. Our heartfelt condolences for your loss!

Posted by Highly Impressed - FL   November 19, 2015

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All love, light, peace and spirit

Posted by Cynthia Hernandez - CA   November 19, 2015

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Joji and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences and know you are in my thoughts. Don was very proud that George was part of the customizing of what George called "Lokey's T". We were honored to know George (and your wonderful mother Shirley). My best regards, Evelyn

Posted by Evelyn Lokey - Fresno, CA   November 18, 2015

I grew up admiring George Barris from the model cars To the Kustom Cars you will surely be missed R.I. P.

Posted by Richard Florence - Springdale, AR - Fan   November 18, 2015

To The George Barris Family,
You will be missed by so many. You are a legend and an era. Rat Rods will rule forever.
You Never Leave A Place You Love.
You Go Away Taking A Part Of It Along,
And Leave A Part Of You Remaining.
With Affection to all, Anne Willis ( granddaughter of Barbara Stanwyck)...

Posted by Anne Willis - Malibu, CA - aquaintance   November 18, 2015

You will be missed my friend. Enjoyed your visits with us up here with us and down at your shop with the family. Prayers to you and the Barris family.

Posted by Darold & Lynn Kohout - Rancho Cordova, CA - Friend   November 17, 2015

My good friend George Barris past away and He will be missed by many. Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names. George will always be the "KING OF CUSTOMIZE CARS "
George Barris was known throughout the world.His car creations are legendary in the world of television and motion pictures including the original television series Batmobile, Munster Koach, Beverly Hillbillies, KITT from Nightrider and more! His personal Star Collection includes the General Lee, Starsky & Hutch, Torino Green Hornet and Monkee Mobile just to name a few. May God be with you!

Posted by Sir Alfred J. DiMora - Palm Springs, CA - Friends   November 17, 2015

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May your cars be remembered for all time.

Posted by Alex Ticehurst - Eagle Rock, CA - Admirer   November 16, 2015

GEORGE BARRIS was and still is one of my greatest automotive customing idols of all time. There is no doubt he is considered to be in the custom car industry as the king. Just like Elvis was to rock and roll!
When the batman show first came on the tv commercial I was not intrested UNTILL I SAW THE THE CAR!!!!! I never missed an episode and cursed the t.v. When they did not show the batmobile! I became a instant fan of the car! And I remember the first time I saw it live and in person! I say that because their was no celebrity or figure head on this planet I wanted to see more!
For me the batmobile set the icon of other movies to have custom cars!
However now today there is only one other show that creates new custom cars for every show and that is the fast and furious! And I believe George set stage of movies to be follow in secuess to have a custom car in the picture for the draw of the custom car enthusiast. And to this day almost every one of the new batman films have a new car in them! Because George Barris made it so impressionable form the days of the t.v. Show! It is now a staple in the franchise of the film. I THANK GOD FOR HIS PRESENCE ON THIS PLANET!!!
And ALL the eye candy we could possiblly eat with our creative minds!
WE ALL WILL TRUELY MISS HIM!!! IF THERE IS A ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN!!! There must also be a CUSTOM CAR HEAVAN! And now they have their chief designer!

Rest in peace my friend.

Charlie James

Sent from my iPad

Posted by Charlie James - Sun Valley, CA - Friend , admirer, car enthusiast   November 16, 2015

I was lucky enough to meet George twice and shake his hand both times. The first time was at the L. A. County fair grounds and the second was at the Fontana raceway. I told him the Munster Coach was my favorite kustom ever since I was a little kid and will always be my favorite. I told him it was a car that had the perfect visual balance to it which makes you keep looking at it. Such a real man. Nothing phony about him at all. Always interested in what you have to say to him

I run a nonprofit paranormal group in Ontario, CA (Raptor Paranormal Services of Socal) and have always had dreams of building a Munsters type of car for advertising or even using on cases.

Thank you George ! You will be missed !

Posted by Mike Rousseau - Ontario, CA   November 14, 2015

George Barris........An Original.....He will be missed....but never forgotten......

My Prayers & Condolences to the entire Barris Family.

Posted by Robert Sprenger - Phoenix, AZ - Friend/ Fan   November 14, 2015

This was indeed a shock to hear. George was a part of every Hot Rodder , custom car owner and builder. It is going to be difficult to not have him around. He was always there at the Car Shows and was always able to take time to say Hi to everyone. He shared so many of his stories of building cars for various movie starts and movies. My favorite was when he and his wife Shirley (also deceased) took in Prisilla Presley when she came to California with Elvis after he got out of the Army for a time.
George will be missed by soooo many people but he will live in our memories forever.
Thank you George for bringing so much to so many lives. Best wishes to your family. RIP
Andy and Sue Brizio

Posted by Andy and Sue Brizio - Jackson, CA - Friend   November 14, 2015

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a true rodder!

Posted by dicks rods    November 13, 2015

George we will see you in Hot Rod Heaven

Posted by Wolfman Thomas - Hollywood, CA   November 13, 2015

Sam's been waiting on you George ... We can't wait to see the cars you build with him in custom heaven. Rest in peace George! You will be missed!

Posted by Cindy - Valkey, AZ - Acquaintance   November 13, 2015

Was very sad to hear about Mr. Barris's passing , we were attending the Sema show when we heard the news , I personally met 3 times was always 2x at Barrett Jackson , and Sema had him sign a book for us that time, yes a big car guy, our sympathies to the family!! & Prayers

Posted by Marilyn Reimer - Steinbach - A friend   November 13, 2015

George and Shirley were our neighbors at our mountain home in Big Bear. They were good friends and "real people". We will miss our get-to-gethers which were always filled with friendship, fellowship and fun.

God Bless

Posted by Frank & Rona Singer - Big Bear Lake, CA - Neighbor   November 13, 2015

I was fortunate to meet Mr. Barris at some of his appearances at the Abbotsford BC car shows. He was truly a gentleman, who would spend time with the many people waiting in line to shake his hand or get a cherished Batmobile singed. I wish the family well and God Bless.
Marty Kapsh-Tacoma, WA

Posted by Marty Kapsh - Tacoma, WA   November 12, 2015

Sorry for the loss ..The world has lost a legend......Regrets..

Posted by David Eyre - Boron, CA   November 12, 2015

Candle

George you'll be missed, You'll always made a Great memory that changed my life. My Dad loved you to, you'll see him up there.

Posted by Bart Gulley Sr. - Atlanta, GA   November 12, 2015

It was a pleasure to meet Mr. Barries. My son and I met him initially in las Vegas at the knight rider festival, he influenced my life and inspired me to continue with my project of having my own knight rider car replica. Now after five years I can relate with George Barries' joy on creating kustom cars. He has moved to a bigger garage and my prayers are with your family celebrating the life of a legend. May God be with you until we meet again George Barries.
Cesar Hilario
The FotoRider

Posted by Cesar Hilario - Northridge, CA - friend   November 12, 2015

Thank You For Giving Me All The Tools To Have A Life Most People Dream Of. I will Never forget what you told me 3 Kinds of People The Ones That Make It Happen The Ones That Watch It Happen And The Ones That Say What Happened! You Will Be Missed!!!!!

Posted by keith wofford - fort lauderdale, FL   November 12, 2015

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George, it was a wonderful adventure working with you for 7 years. You will be missed by all your fans, admirers, friends & family.
Love & blessings to Brett, Joji, Jared & Tony

Posted by Kathy Vincelli - Toluca Lake, CA - Associate & friend   November 12, 2015

Candle

Rest in Peace George..........When and if I get to heaven, I hope we can do some Chinwaggin and Cruisin the bvld. of dreams..........

Posted by Chuck Haase - Valencia, CA - Business   November 12, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was so proud of the both of you. He's resting in peace now with your mom.

Posted by Paula Lane - Tehachapi, CA - friend   November 12, 2015

I got the honour to meet Mr Barris at SEMA and then again at his shop in 2011. I was lucky enough to have him let me sit in his Batmobile and Munsters Coach and take my photo. His stories about the James Dean Porsche etc had me mesmerized. He told me I had to go to the Fleetwood car show and GAS. I was hoping to get back to the USA to do this and to see him again. We have lost a true legend. Miss you already Mate. Condolences to Joji and family. xo

Posted by Melissa Johns - Adelaide, South Australia - Mate   November 12, 2015

Sherri and I are so sad to hear George has died. He is the ultimate Custom hero to us. We will think of his legendary contribution to all things Kustom always. So sorry for your loss. So great I got to meet George in NJ and at his shop. Hugs from Jersey. Hugs to Joji, Barry, Jared and Brett.

Posted by Richard Toonkel - Glen Ridge, NJ - Friend   November 12, 2015

I was deeply saddened to here of George's passing.......I will always treasure the times we toured together at many shows from 2002 until now, most of all we traveled together to Japan for the Mooneyes show
In 2012 where they made action figures of George to match the ones they did of Ed Big Daddy Roth & myself Larry Speedo' Henley...
,but one other show stands out in my mind at the Detroit Autorama where they featured many of Georges cars, and besides him inviting me to sit in some of the most iconic cars ,including the original TV series Bat Mobile, and of course when there I was privileged to interview George for one of our greatest oldies stations back home in Monterey, Calif..
George you will always have a special place in my heart and memories, your Friend and admirer,
Love , Larry Speedo 'Henley

Posted by Larry Henley - Watsonville,, CA   November 12, 2015

The legendary King of Kustoms George Barris is gone however he will never be forgotten for the famous 66 Batmobile and Munster's Coach creations and many others. George was well known throughout the world for his amazing talents.
George was always smiling and always remembered me at shows as the kid who tamed Christine. We always took a picture when we saw each other and he always gave me his business card.
RIP my friend, you will be missed.

Posted by Martin Sanchez - Riverside, CA - Friend   November 12, 2015

I met George Barris about 15 years ago as I walked into his shop in North Hollywood, I'll never forget how he was busy going over pictures that were taken at his last event. George loved his pictures especially with the girls :)
I will always remember how kind he was and taking time to talk about my favorite TV show "Knight Rider" I wish I lived closer and had more time to hang out with George and his family, He will truly be missed by all.

Posted by Gary Hunter - Murrieta, CA - Friend   November 12, 2015

I GOT REAL LUCKING AND GOT TO GO TO A MOVIE WITH HIM AND MISS B THE MOVIE WAS RACE WITH DESTINY THE JAMES DEAN STORY BACK IN 1993 MR & MISS BARRIS WAS HERE FOR JEAMES DAY DAY AND ON SAT NIGHT HE CAME TO WABASH,INDIANA TO SHOW THE MOVIE AND I GOT TO GO WITH HIM AND MISS B AFTER THE MOVIE WE TOOK PIC. IN FRONT OF THE MOVIE HOUSE IT VERY COOL RIP MY FRIEND MY HERO YOU WILL BE MISS

Posted by ROD BEEMAN - WABASH, IN - FAN FRIEND   November 12, 2015

George was a true legend and a living icon. During his many years as the Grand Marshall of the BC Classic & Custom Car Show at the Tradex in Abbostford B.C. he developed an affection for Canada and Canada loved him right back. He was down-to-earth, warm, approachable and 7 feet of heart in a 5' 4" container. He was loved by everyone at the show and brought so much joy to the fans who would be transported back to their magical days of youth as they recounted building a model of one of his legendary creations. He had never lost his child-like demeanor and last year at the show we were busy chatting when he spotted a balloon and without missing a beat he grabbed it and started bouncing it with youthful abandon just like a child would. We joked that he could've made the NBA if only he was 6 feet taller! lol We all love you George and a piece of it's soul will be missing at this year's show. Thanks for your amazing stories, your storied life that you so generously shared with everyone and thanks for being YOU! RIP

Posted by Scott Barratt - Langley - friend   November 12, 2015

George was a one of a kind. I was proud to have known him. The last time I saw him was just a few days before the number one Batmobile was to be moved to Arizona for the auction.

George brought great dreams to life that will remain as a long legacy to his creativity and that wonderful personality that motivated us all to do more, in exciting ways.

My condolences to Joji, Brett and the rest of the Barris family.

Posted by Dennis M. Danzik - Cody, WY - Friend   November 12, 2015

Candle

met Mr. G. Barris numerous times at car shows he attended in parts of Ontario Canada.
Cities such as Toronto, Mississauga & London to name a few.

he always treated his 'fan's' with respect...positivity...& go the extra 'mile' to CHAT with you!!

us Canadian's LOVE George...he'll be 'missed'!!

Rest Well my 'friend'!

truly

robert yee brantford, ontario .Canada.
n3s-7g3

Posted by robert yee - brantford ontario CANADA!! - 'fan' of the 'man'!!   November 11, 2015

George was an amazing artist, photographer and course the kar kustumizer king!
He was always an inspiration to me and all car builders and he was a showman like no other. He was always kind to me when I would stop in and see him and we even got to enjoy a nice dinner in Vegas after the SEMA show.
I am honored that I got to spend a little time with the man and I wish I could have been able to get to know him better.
His mark has been left on this Earth and he will always be remembered as long as those reruns keep playing and guys like me want to do crazy stuff to their cars!
Viva la George!!!
Long live the king!!!
- Videobob

Posted by Videobob - Dallas, TX - Friend   November 11, 2015

It is the time of Heroes--and George Barris has been mine since I was a child playing with model cars. He will Always be remembered..What a terrific life he had and I am so proud to have been part of it. Edward Lozzi www.lozzipr.com

Posted by Edward Lozzi - Beverly Hills, CA - Press Agent and 35 year friend   November 11, 2015

Candle

What a pleasure it was to know this man, he will be greatly missed, our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Andy and Patty Southard - Salinas, CA - Friends   November 11, 2015

Candle

I remember meeting George at Conklin Farm in Montville, NJ several years ago. He was with my friend and his friend also, Jerry Kind. Jerry did the body work on the cars which George designed. I asked my friend Jerry, if George could sign my denim shirt and of course he did. I wear the shirt as an overshirt. I will always remember the day he signed my shirt, since he was also signing his name on summer shirts that young girls were wearing. He was a great guy and designer of vehicles and will always be remembered as The King of the Kustoms!!!

Posted by Michael Lovullo - Wayne, NJ - Previous Classic Car Owner   November 11, 2015

As a long time fan of George Barris's work, I finally got to hire him in 1986 to appear on several TV shows celebrating the Batman TV series, and of course his amazing Batmobile! His creative designs and style set the nation on a new path that no matter how far out, anything was possible when Kustomizing cars! Over the past 29 years George always had a smile for fans young and old. He was one of the first creators of the craze, and kept finding new ways to promote the wild and wacky world of Kustom cars. He was an early hero of mine, and he will be missed. Prayers to all of his family, Brett and Joji. Thanks for sharing your Dad with the world!

Posted by NATE TRUMAN - HOLLYWOOD, CA - HIRED GB FOR SEVERAL TV SHOWS   November 11, 2015

George Barris was a great guy, was a pleasure to know him and we send our thoughts and prayers to the Barris Family - From the Hunter Family - K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider of San Diego

Posted by Matthew Hunter - Chula Vista, CA - Friend   November 11, 2015

Dear Barris family, George was super special. I dated Jovi a couple times in high school when she drove that Gold Opelika and George got me a set of tires for my '68 Charger. He is a creative genius and will be sorely missed.

Posted by Vic Pascarella - Sherman Oaks, CA - Friend   November 11, 2015

I had the Pleasure of sitting next to George at the SEMA installation banquet the year he was inducted into the SEMA hall of fame. In that short amount of time I was able to absorb a lifetime of his memories as he was just as passionate about his career then as when it started. Thank you George for your contributions to this industry and your love for the automobile.

Posted by Rory Connell - Corona, CA - Acquaintance   November 11, 2015

I was fortunate enough to spend a few days with George whilst he was in Sydney Australia doing what he loved best enjoying the cars and his fans.
People joined cues all day to line to meet the Legend in person have a autograph and a photo.
The stories one along with the Barris history you could listen to for hours and leaving you for ever wanting more.Georges jokes went over a treat.
The loss of George will be felt World wide no matter what walk of life you come from.
The good ones always leave us early and I'm sure George is causing a stir at the pearly gates with his late creation
We will never forget you

Posted by BRAD McDONALD - THE LAND DOWN UNDER SYDNEY A - Friend   November 11, 2015

Joji and Family,
Carol and I send our deepest condolences, George was the best. I will never forget the visits George made to NW Indiana and our visits to California. George always had open arms. When my son had surgery George would call and write asking how John was, he was always concerned. He will truly be missed.

Posted by Paul / Carol Abbate - Valparaiso, IN   November 11, 2015

Posted by A friend   November 11, 2015

i grew up with you as an idol and ended up in car business jack and karmen

Posted by jack parker - santa clara, CA   November 11, 2015

Thank you for all the beautiful custom cars and your wonderful imagination. Rest in peace. My prayers go out to George's family and friends. God Bless!

Posted by Cathy and Rick B. - Sacramento, CA   November 11, 2015

With our deepest sympathy to the Barris Family. We shared fantastic friendships and car show memories with your parents for over 20 years. There are two men that come to mind when I think of when the title of King is being used in conversation one, being Elvis Presley the King of Rock & Roll Music and the other is George, King of Kustoms. Growing up George inspired me with his vision of custom cars in the Custom Cars books and the "How-To-Do-It" ideas so much that I created and built my own 1950 Customized Red Mercury. In 1992 we meet George at the James Dean Car Show in Fairmont, Indiana. Rest in peace King. Gary & Ruthy Bedard Howell, MI (photo).

Posted by Gary and Ruthy Bedard - Howell, MI   November 11, 2015

Candle

A bigger stage with an even bigger audience now friend. Bless you

Posted by - CA   November 11, 2015

May your family find peace in the rememberance of your love.

Posted by L Hatcher - Boise, ID   November 11, 2015

Thank you George. I remember all the trips we took together around the United States, all the meals, all the people we met. I remember driving the Batmobile down the frwy and pulling the chute for the T.V. guide photographer when the CHP decided we should be pulled over. I remember helping you and Shirley and the kids move into your new home in Encino and Shirley laughing at me because your new house was so large, I got lost in it. Thanks for memories George. Go with God.

Posted by Michael Codina - Fair Oaks, CA   November 10, 2015

George, you were my hero. You and I were friends for over 40 years. Working for you for those five years was a dream come true. I cannot praise George Barris enough. Rest in peace dear friend ! You will be missed ! God Bless you George !

Posted by Ward Caldwell - Alamo, CA   November 10, 2015

I am so glad I had the pleasure to meet you. You are an inspiration to all.

Posted by Scott Helphand - Anaheim, CA   November 10, 2015

Joji & Brett,

I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. He was an inspiration for everyone at San Juan High that were very proud of his accomplishments. Thank you for all the support of his Alma Mater, San Juan High, over the years.

I enjoyed his visits and seeing him at the various car events. He was a very nice man.

Posted by Barbara Morarity-Van Dyke - Fair Oaks, CA   November 10, 2015

George brought so much to the "Car World". He was so full of life. His kindness superseded the icon that he was and will be. Truly left a legacy for gear heads and builders world wide. I sincerely appreciated him coming yearly to Fleetwood Country Cruizein in Canada. He was so kind to me and my family when we came to visit him in NoHo. I pray you are dancing with your beautiful wife serenaded by Elvis. Say hi to my mom for me.
Godspeed George.

Posted by Tom Termeer - London Ont - friend   November 10, 2015

To the family,
I send my condolences. I thank Mr. Barris for such wonderful creations that brought joy to many lives. May The Grand Creator provide your family with peace.

Posted by Mia A - Houston   November 10, 2015

Rest in peace, you made a Big impact on the custom car world ! May your talents and memories stay with us and generations to follow!

Posted by Benny Godinez - Sylmar, CA - Friend   November 09, 2015

Thank you George for being such an inspiration to so many of us and shaping the Kustom car world into something so thought provoking, beautiful and fun! I'll betcha the big guy upstairs is already chatting you up about an idea for a groovy chariot? All our love to the Barris family from ours. We will miss his visits up here to our car show in Abbotsford BC

Posted by Rocket Russ Howey - Whiterock, BC   November 09, 2015

Candle

We will miss seeing you at the LEADSLED
SPECTACULAR next year and receiving your mail you send us.
Say hi to Elden for us.

Posted by Jerry and DeVona Titus - Cassville - Long time friends   November 09, 2015

Say hi to jacob wetterling and my fave crime author Ann rule

Posted by Dan hoey - Nyc - Dan   November 09, 2015

Rip u made my favorite movie car Christine hope u get to meet Mickey and Trudy thompson and carol Shelby

Posted by Dan hoey - Nyc   November 09, 2015

Shell Reinish and I were very lucky to have known George. We interviewed him many times on our show The Eclectic Mind. Not only was he a great, interesting interview, he was a good friend to both of us. We had many fun times with George. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Jodie Carn - Malibu, CA   November 09, 2015

As a kid growing up in NY I read about the genius of Barris and all of the great cars he was building.....I never thought I would be lucky enough to meet and become friends with this great man. He was the most open giving gentlemen I have ever known, always ready to do a favor or an interview, just a wonderful friend to all who were so honored. I am glad I was one!
RIP George, I will miss you

Posted by Shell Reinish - Burbank, CA   November 09, 2015

Having worked several years as a concept artist and photographer for a New York area protege of Barris who was entrusted with the construction of extra touring replicas of the Batmobile and other iconic Barris creations, I'm well aware of how fortunate I was to meet and converse with George on more than one occasion (the most recent and extended of which was in September, 2014). There's no doubt in my mind he will enjoy the same immortality as the stars who drove his cars on-screen and off, thanks to a tremendous imagination that's certain to keep earning him new fans so long as the movies and TV shows he worked on are available for viewing (even easier in the Internet age, fortunately!). As for those of us who followed him into the custom car building trade, our admiration also derives from more-profound and professional reasons like his ability to be creative under the terrific time and budget pressures of TV and film production, plus a gift for self-promotion that never felt forced and his unerring encouragement of young people who wanted to work with their hands. A true inspiration now-and-always for creative people with gasoline in their veins! - GREGG D. MERKSAMER, Warwick, New York

Posted by Gregg Merksamer - Warwick, NY   November 09, 2015

People forget his great car designs for NUDIE in the 60's I used to drive in the valley on ventura blvd and see alot of his custoom cars but NUDIE;s Eldorados with the saddles and silver dollrs and guns as dorrknobs and the continental kits on the trunk were just toooo coool.
George was great God Bless
JIm BAtes

Posted by Jim Bates - New York, NY - old acquaintence   November 09, 2015

Candle

My Prayers & Condolences to the entire Barris Family. I've been a fan of George's for nearly 50 years and had the pleasure of meeting him a couple times at the World of Wheels when it came thru Denver when I was a kid. Let me say that Mr. Barris wasn't all "Hollywood" He took time to really talk to us and give a personal tour of the 1966 Batmobile, He took pride in everything he built and it shows.. Thank You George Barris! it's because of you I LOVE building & Kustomizing Cars today..
R.I.P (Ride In Peace) George Barris U will be truly missed.

Your Loyal Fellow Kustomizer & Admirer
RayDogg Barrientos, Smooth Criminal Customs/Eternity Car Club

Posted by Ray Barrientos - Denver the Mile High City, CO - Fellow Kustomizer & Admirer   November 09, 2015

Thanks for the inspiration you gave me to become a car builder may GOD bless your family RIP

Posted by Al Towner - Los Angeles, CA   November 09, 2015

My dear George, my friend for over 60 years, you were the best, I had george do two cars for me over the years, a 1975 Buick and a 1965 Rolls Royce that I still have. What a guy, he also was my tennis partner for many years.im sure he will rest in peace, he deserves too.

Posted by Barry & Vicki Helman - Malibu, CA   November 09, 2015

I would like to express my sympathy for the loss of such a wonderful man. As only a seventeen year old who is an aspiring custom car designer, he was my hero.

Posted by Zach Brinley - Branson, MO   November 09, 2015

Candle

Georgie will be missed and thought of for his love for the cars - but he had the love and the biggest heart than anyone ever known.
My friend you will be missed but never forgotten-
My heart goes out to Brett and the family.
Love Jenny

Posted by jenny church - fullerton, CA   November 09, 2015

I know Butch Patrick and feel sad that this Legend has passed. He brought much happiness into the world. Fans smile instantly upon the site of the Dragula and Munster Koach. Thank you George! Rest in Peace!

Posted by Kathy Johnson - Lexington, KY - Friend of friend   November 09, 2015

George Burris' famous custom cars were a delight to many. Try to imagine a time when you may see him again on a paradise earth forever where every one will have exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. Loving talent and creativity will flourish and not be cut off (Psalms 37: 9-11& 29).

Deepest condolences
J B Mitchell, Chicago, IL

Posted by A friend   November 09, 2015

helped shape my childhood

Posted by Rusty Carr - bandera, TX   November 09, 2015

My dear Georgie boy I was always looking forward to see you at Steve Plunkett's car show every June.We would laugh,eat, dine and you would talk about all your great experiences, your creations and your exciting life .
You have sowed passion into my life to always give a hundred percent in what you excel.You are a true inspiration to me and all the millions of Barris fans. Thank you for your great legacy and may you rest in peace .
My sincere condolences to your family and your faithful team.
Sincerely
Claude Chalifour Pacitti.
Ontario Canada

Posted by claude chalifour - cambridge, ON   November 09, 2015

To The Family,
I would like to offer my deepest sympathy in the passing of Mr. Barris. What a talented man!
Sincerely,
T. Sterling

Posted by Terrone Sterling - Tarboro, NC   November 09, 2015

He truly was an amazingly talented man. May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with George comfort the family today and always and may God bless and keep your family strong. (Psalm 83:18)

Posted by (The Davis Family) - GA   November 09, 2015

Candle

You will be an inspiration for generations to come, RIP Mr. Barris

Posted by chuck cravens - Burlington, IA   November 09, 2015

I had the pleasure of working for george for 5 years 68to74 it was one hell of an experience.we did some wild cars. I kept in touch all these years.we are all goig to miss you at bobs drive in on friday nites RIP george.wwere all going to miss you. Bles you for inspiring me.

Posted by jack weimer - sun valley, CA   November 09, 2015

Candle

It was one of the great plesures of my life to meet and talk with George a legend of the car world.I have a picture of George and I at the sema show hanging proudly in my home.he showed the world how its done.THANK YOU GEORGE

Posted by michael mccarty - lasvegas, NV   November 09, 2015

rip

Posted by michelle plakas-kaiser - kaiserslautern, germany   November 08, 2015

Candle

R.I.P. George . My Deepest Condolences to the entire Barris Family at this time. Joan Riviera

Posted by Joan Riviera - San Antonio, TX   November 08, 2015

Daniel 2.44.nos dise que este govierno sera para siempre

Posted by A friend   November 08, 2015

My thoughts and prayers go out to the
Barris family.George had a great vision for custom cars and I am proud to say I have a few of them in my diecast collection.He will be greatly missed by all who ever knew him and by others "like me" who wish the would have.

Posted by Robbie Robinson - Front Royal, VA   November 08, 2015

My condolence to Georges family at this very difficult time. George has always been my hero, and I followed him from the small pages to today. I met him at a show I did, and he complimented my small entry graciously. Truly the greatest kustomizer. Bob Cheektowaga Ny

Posted by Robert Reis - Cheektowaga, NY   November 08, 2015

Rest in Peace my dear friend.
Will always remember our Sunday motorcycle rides with you and Shirley, please don't forget to give her a big hug from Judy and me.

Posted by Denny King - Charlottesville, VA   November 08, 2015

George..........Say Hello to Mom and Dad and everyone in Hot Rod
Heaven. I will "See you again on the Hot Rod Trail"............My heart is
with Joji.
♥Don and Dorothy Bell's
daughter..Denice Torres

Posted by Denice Torres - Fremont, CA   November 08, 2015

Candle

I WILL ALWAYS THINK OF YOU
AND GOOD TIMES BUILDING THE
ALA-KART

Posted by RICHARD PETERS - FRESNO, CA   November 08, 2015

A true legend! One of the greatest inspirations of my lifetime who ultimately impacted generations of car lovers.

Posted by A friend   November 08, 2015

He was the king of custom. A gentleman to say the least. My heart goes out to the family. R.I.P

Posted by - Orange City, FL   November 08, 2015

Candle

King of Kustoms!

Posted by David Elliott - Houston, TX   November 08, 2015

R.I.P. George, I met you at the Houston Autorama several years back and you took the time to talk to me and my wife and were so genuinely nice. You signed a book that I bought and even made a personal message to me. Thank you. I pray for your family. The King of customizers. You will never be forgotten.

Posted by David Elliott - Houston, TX   November 08, 2015

I loved building his model cars as a kid ,he was the king of the custom cars . I met him once and have an autograph it means more know thank you George

Posted by joe kenney - Woburn, MA   November 08, 2015

such a huge loss to the custom car world... thoughts and prayers to the family... R.I.P. George Barris

Posted by John Wetzel - Salem, NJ   November 08, 2015

Thanks for the memories when I was growing up.

Posted by Lenny - Tonawanda, NY   November 08, 2015

Had the pleasure to meet him once, a very kind and friendly gentleman, rest in peace.....

Posted by syd ross - los angeles, CA   November 08, 2015

Rest in peaceSir,you are hands down the king of the customizers,!! May there be chrome and pearl paint in heaven !!

Posted by Lonnie Elverd - E-Ville, IN   November 08, 2015

Remembering A True Car Genius For The Ages. Rest In Peace Sir.

Posted by Chuck Gliniak - Easthampton, MA   November 07, 2015

Posted by Richard Gosselin    November 07, 2015

Candle

Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Posted by Richard Gosselin - Bridgeport, CT   November 07, 2015

I meet him twice great guy!!!!

Posted by A friend   November 07, 2015

Beveline Duncan
Knight Rider Fan
Middlesboro,Ky

Posted by A friend   November 07, 2015

Beveline Duncan
Middlesboro,Ky

Posted by A friend   November 07, 2015

RIP George the king of Custom Cars! My best goes out to his family. He was the best! I saw him a Santa Marie last year! I am glad I have time to visit him. He was a very friendly man. Spoke with everyone!. Will miss you.

Posted by Penny Brown - Sacramento, CA   November 07, 2015

My deepest condolences to the family.
May the God of peace, mend the broken
hearts of the family during the loss
of your dear beloved one.
May the family forever cherish the
positive and happy times shared
together.
The days ahead will be a challenge,
may the heavenly Father give you
the strength beyond what is normal
to endure.
My heartfelt prayers are with the
family.
(Psalms 121)

TE, Louisiana

Posted by A friend   November 07, 2015

Peronally I"ve never had the opportunity to talk to George but I've seen him in car shows and have followed his work for over 60 years.Since I also do body work,restorations and customizations I always looked at George as my mentor and had great respect for him.We have lost a great person. My condolences to George's family,and rest in peace George,you did better than good.

Posted by Carl Kofron - Whitestone, NY   November 07, 2015

My Husband Jay-c and I would like to say how very sorry we are to hear of a wonderful man passing, But, It was such a honor to meet him, spend time with him~ God Bless, Our condolences to his family

Posted by A friend   November 07, 2015

Posted by Barry Jeffers    November 07, 2015

My sincere condolences to the family. May the "God of comfort' strengths and comfort the family.

Posted by R. R. - GA   November 07, 2015

Beloveds, deep condolences to you all. George Barris will truly be missed. May almighty God give you the strength needed during this difficult time. He will realy help you!

Posted by A friend   November 07, 2015

The Einstein of custom car's
Rest in Peace Mr. Barris!

Posted by Terry Freeman - Hobart, IN   November 07, 2015

Candle

RIP GOD BLESS

Posted by Evan Hansen - Hudson, FL   November 07, 2015

Sorry for your loss i loved his designs and just wanted to see what he would come up with next. God bless him and his family. You will surely will be missed.

Posted by wayne george - powder springs, GA   November 07, 2015

What an amazing career! George had a wonderful talent that he turned into his own legacy, which people will continue to admire for years to come. May God strengthen the family with the power beyond what is normal so they may endure this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 4:7

Posted by Johnsons - OH   November 07, 2015

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by E.S    November 07, 2015

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BLESS YOU FOR THE GREAT AND ALWAYS THEMED RIDES YOU CREATED THAT GRABBED THE ATTENTION OF EVERY AMERICAN CAR ENTHUSIAST. R.I.P. MR. BARRIS.WATCHED A LOT OF SHOWS JUST HOPING TO SEE ONE OF THOSE FAB CARS THAT ALL THE KIDS TALKED ABOUT.TO THE BARRIS FAMILY..WORDS CANT CONVEY HOW GEORGE AND HIS CARS MADE MANY A 60'S SHOWS THE REASON WE WATCHED.GOD BLESS YOU MR. BARRIS

Posted by A FAN FOREVER - SYRACUSE, NY   November 07, 2015

Barris made a name for himself when his creativity, talent, and good designs captivated our imaginations when growing up. His signature behind the company and its designs will always remain. I'm extending my sincere condolences to the family and close friends for the loss of their loved one. May they be granted the strength and comfort provided by our Heavenly Father in their journey of moving forward - for only Him can become their Stronghold...

Posted by - Puerto Rico   November 07, 2015

Sorry for your loss. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times spent together with George. Draw close to God and he will draw close to you.

Posted by A friend   November 07, 2015

The loss of the "King of The Kustomizers" is a severe blow to the entire hot rod world. R.I.P. George.

Posted by Donald Nichols - San Antonio, TX   November 07, 2015

Thank you for your imagination, and what became your dream that was shared by all!!! God SPEED and a Safe Journey.

Posted by Mark Haynes - Everett, WA   November 07, 2015

My best to Mr. Barris' family during this difficult time.
He was best known to Elvis Presley fans as the designer of many of Elvis' custom automobiles, the most famous being, his 1960 gold caddillac limousine.

Posted by R. H.    November 06, 2015

You inspired me in building and customizing, first plastic car models and then the real ones. Now my sons are following the same path. Your 15-20 minutes of time to talk to a young kid (and an old one) at a car show could help guide even another generation into the car culture. RIP George and thanks.

Posted by David Mason - Standish, MI   November 06, 2015

Never forgotten, the best of the best, met George at a KKOA Meet and in Lima Ohio. A great man.

Posted by Tim Halter - Columbus, OH   November 06, 2015

I'm sorry for your loss. George was the king. He will be missed.

Posted by A friend   November 06, 2015

My sincere condolences to the family at this most difficult time. May the God of all comfort provide you with whatever is needed so you can cope with your great loss. Psalms 83 : 18.

Posted by lucy - TX   November 06, 2015

George, thank you for all the things you have done, you have touched our hearts in so many ways. God Bless you.

Posted by E W - Troy, AL   November 06, 2015

George Barris you were a one in a million talented and creative custom car creator. I am a lady who grew up in the 60's watching Batman, the Munsters and your cars always got my attention. You made a hotrodder out of this gal! I got to see that yellow hot rod you made, with the C shaped cab,at a fair back in the early 70's. It was a thrill to see it and hear it!
You will be missed. Condolences to the Barris family.
Sincerely, Lisa Scaramella, CT.& FL.

Posted by Lisa Scaramella - New Haven, CT   November 06, 2015

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THIS FLAME WILL BURN FOREVER

Posted by SCOTT KIEVNING - HILLSIDE, NJ   November 06, 2015

GEORGE BARRIS WAS A MAN WHO ALWAYS KNEW WHAT THE PUBLIC WANTED ................ HE ALWAYS DELIVERED THE BEST AND GOT VERY GOOD AT WHAT HE DID..HE WILL BE MISSED VERY MUCH ...CARS WILL NOT BE THE SAME AGAIN. . .R , I , P MR BARRIS. ------P,S MAKE A GREAT VEHICLE SO GOD WILL BE HAPPY. .

Posted by Scott KIEVNING - HILLSIDE, NJ   November 06, 2015

Sorry for loss of Mr. Barris. I certainly enjoyed the vehicles he designed. What a creative mind;thanks for the memories. His legacy is etched in his works. May the God of peace be with you~Rom 15:33.

Posted by AR - DC   November 06, 2015

This sums it all up, He was the greatest!

Posted by Jack Siegel - Eveleth, MN   November 06, 2015

So sorry for loss of a great man who could make people want to build their own wild ride.
I have a Knight Rider car that I made , a head turner.
He will be greatly missed.
Thank you for letting us get to know you.
Beveline Duncan
(Middlesboro,My)

Posted by A friend   November 06, 2015

Meet George when we were young and both loved cars. Great knowing George, George Pappas

Posted by George Pappas - Myrtle beach, SC   November 06, 2015

MR BARRIS WAS A GREAT GUY,I REMEMBER FALLING IN LOVE WITH HIS CREATIONS SUCH AS DRAGULA,GREASED LIGHTING CAR,THE BATMOBILE,THE CAR,THE DELOREAN TIME MACHINE,THE GHOSTBUSTERS CAR,THE MONKEES MOBILE,THE MUNSTER KOTCH AND THE KNIGHT RIDER CAR.

Posted by Matthew Kievning - Hillside, NJ   November 06, 2015

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Rest in Peace George.

Posted by Sheila - L.A., CA   November 06, 2015

car shows just wont be the same without him, he will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Posted by Brenda Sutter - Anaheim, CA   November 06, 2015

I met Mr. Barris at a car show in the 80"s. He was always one of my hero's. He was so nice to me, easy to talk to and he even told me what a nice drag bike I had. The true "King of the Customizer's". RIP Big Guy!

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Posted by John Brooks    November 06, 2015

Great Man will be miss!

Posted by bernard escamilla - chicago, IL   November 06, 2015

Was very exciting to visit & take pictures with George at the 2000 World of Wheels in Calgary AB Canada. I think he enjoyed our 50's diner booth and our newly finished 1946 International. Very gracious of him to sign our glove box. When we are cruising, we will have great memories of what he represented to our hot rod fun.


Condolences to his family. He will be missed by all car enthusiasts.

Posted by Mike & Fran Coyne - Nobleford, AB   November 06, 2015

WILL alway think of MR.BARRIS when i see the BATMOBILE.

Posted by WM. BURCH - DEPEW, NY   November 06, 2015

I only knew Geroge for a short time and he was not only an Icon in the car world but he was one of the nicest down-to-earth people I have ever met. May you rest in peace George. You were amazing here on earth and I'm sure you will continue to amaze them in the big garage in the sky with Shirley now. Godspeed George. Godspeed Love always, Supergirl

Posted by Annette Herrick - Milford, MI   November 06, 2015

Posted by Mike & Fran Coyne    November 06, 2015

Remember the good times and things he made and your memoris will be full of joy. Sorry for your loss.

Posted by jar    November 06, 2015

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Thank you George Barris for hiring my father in 1963, as he was your metal fabricator. I have great memories of playing in Elvis Presley's bus! Thanks for supporting my dad and family, you will be missed.

Posted by Rick Korkes Jr - Agoura Hills, CA   November 06, 2015

R.I.P. master of Car builders.

Posted by Tom Bates - Conklin, NY   November 06, 2015

Please accept our condolences for your recent loss of a very talented man. May God be for you a refuge and strength; a help to be found during difficult times and, May he bring you comfort and peace.
-NJ

Posted by A friend   November 06, 2015

Mr. Barris had become an icon with a very creative mind in the sense of the word.
I can remember when Batman, and Monkey's T.V. programs as well as the Beverly Hill billies shows aired as well as the Munster's cars came out, I thought it took someone with real insight to create something like them.
Mr. Barris is someone I have always looked up too for his smarts and creativity.
I for one will forever remember him for his ability to build and create something no one else would have ever imagined yet had thought of doing.
Thank you! Mr. Barris for your imagination.
His family is in my prayers of their great loss!

Posted by Dave Hammond - Grangeville, ID   November 06, 2015

Thank you for the design of a fantastic car!
May the Barris family find peace reading John 11:11-14&25.
What a blessing that is... death is like sleeping.

Posted by RDR - IL   November 06, 2015

to a great legend and icon of custom cars
you be sadly missed but always respected. from the munsters cars 1960s bat mobile and k.i.t.t. of knight rider

Posted by nathan Pye - Houma, LA   November 06, 2015

Thank you for all the joy and fun times you brought to us all.

Posted by - Charlotte, NC   November 06, 2015

Rest in peace George, you were one of the great builders, you're in a better place and a bigger workshop with a lot of your old Buddies

Posted by Bob Donmoyer - Virginia Beach, VA   November 06, 2015

We all loved The Batmobile! To the family, friends and fans we ask that you please accept our condolences. We all look forward to the day when no one will be sick or have to deal with the loss of a loved one. May your prayers be heard. -Phil. 4:6, 7

Posted by A friend   November 06, 2015

In 1950, there was a 40 Mercury coupe on the cover of Motor Trend, an original Barris custom. I met him in 2011 at a car show and we talked about that car. He was innovative and created beautiful cars. He was the right man at the right time. I'm sad that he left us, but we have beautiful memories of his work and of George.

Posted by Robert Spencer - North Little Rock, AR   November 06, 2015

What a creative and amazing man! RIP!

Posted by Pam Sheppard - Salt Lake City, UT   November 06, 2015

My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by A friend   November 06, 2015

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In God's care rest in peace

Posted by Dwayne Bickham,Sr. - Dayton, OH   November 06, 2015

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Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - St.Agatha, ME   November 06, 2015

Mr. Barris, as a young boy I always dreamed of owning that Bat Mobile that was in the television series. I heard it sold for 20,000.00 way back then and asked my father to buy it for me. I laughed when I heard it later sold for over 4 million. Thank you for your part in some awesome memories.

Posted by Ed Tatum - Laurel Hill, NC   November 06, 2015

To the Barris Family
May you find comfort at this difficult time.
May God give you the strength you need
to cope with your loss.
Isaiah 40:29

Posted by Darlene - OH   November 06, 2015

Thank you George Barris for the wonderful and exciting and great looking Kustom cars.

Posted by Richard Farkas - joliet, IL   November 06, 2015

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS   November 06, 2015

My condolence go out to your family, and loss of your love one.

Posted by Tammy Davis - Nashville, TN   November 06, 2015

R.I.P. George.

Posted by Susan - Endicott, NY   November 06, 2015

Rest in peace George. Your work will never be forgotten. You customized the absolute coolest cars ever. My deepest condolences to his family. Phyllis & Bruce

Posted by Phyllis Bauer - Danbury, CT   November 06, 2015

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Thanks.

Posted by Mario Carrizales - Lansing, MI   November 06, 2015

you were the best at what you did RIP George

Posted by Stephen Washburn - Iowa City, IA   November 06, 2015

RIP to the originator , not the imitator .

Posted by A friend   November 06, 2015

May the journey into your next life be one of joy, happiness and freedom from suffering.

Posted by - Simi Valley, CA   November 06, 2015

Our sincere sympathy to all of George's family. The man may be gone but the legend will live on forever. We seen George at so many shows and events and considered him a personal friend. My son George, now 45 grew up from the time he could walk talking to George Barris and was inspired to kustomize cars and has made it his life. I can still see him in a golf cart and yelling, "There are THE WATSONS. Take me over." Then he would give me a big hug and there was no escaping his big kiss. Now all we have are pictures and lots of good memories to treasure. He was a unique and wonderful man. May God bless you all. MARY, DAVE AND GEORGE WATSON, BELLEVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA.

Posted by Mary, Dave and George Watson - Belleville - friend   November 06, 2015

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mr.barris thanks 4 all the cool cars u developed 4 tv.rest in peace .

Posted by chris cazzato - watervliet, NY   November 05, 2015

Thank you George for the memories. Your cars and models were a big part of our lives growing up in the 60's and 70's,we couldn't wait to see what you came up with next. My best regards to your family. A life well lived.

Posted by Kent Howard - Charlton, MA   November 05, 2015

May I ask if there will be a public wake for him? I would love to attend and give my condolences

Posted by ashley luker - airdrie, AB   November 05, 2015

Thank you George , You are what dreams are made of. Rest in peace.

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Posted by Chryse Veit    November 05, 2015

Rest is peace, George. Your influence on the car culture will live on forever.

Posted by Harold Kie - Long Beach, CA   November 05, 2015

Your work will never be forgotten. R.I.P George.

Posted by - Bellefonte, PA   November 05, 2015

So sad to her of this , he was the King of Kustom Cars , my condolence to the Barris family .

Tony Ranella Jr. Dunmore , Pa.

Posted by Tony Ranella Jr. - Dunmore, PA   November 05, 2015

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Posted by Linda Tracy - Cleveland, OH   November 05, 2015

The best of the best.rip

Posted by les edmonds - north charleston, SC   November 05, 2015

May you have peace and comfort at this sad time. For there will come a time when all sickness, pain and death will one day be gone for this has been promised to us. You have my condolences.

Posted by A friend   November 05, 2015


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