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George Barris
November 20, 1925 - November 5, 2015
Los Angeles, California

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

Posted by: Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ
Nov 06, 2017


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
Nov 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
Nov 05, 2017


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
Nov 03, 2017


Posted by: Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN
Nov 25, 2016


R.I.P. George

Posted by: John Roundtree - Westland, MI - Family Friend
Nov 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
Feb 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

Feb 14, 2016

Posted by: Yolanda " Cricket" King
Jan 28, 2016

Posted by: Rick Marshall
Jan 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
Jan 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
Jan 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
Dec 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
Dec 06, 2015


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
Dec 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
Dec 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
Dec 01, 2015

R.I.P. George

Posted by: Richard Florence - Springdale, AR
Dec 01, 2015


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
Nov 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

Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 29, 2015

Rip George you will be missed

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

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

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


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
Nov 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
Nov 28, 2015


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
Nov 28, 2015



Nov 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


Posted by: Stephanie J. Hibler - Los Angeles, CA - Friend
Nov 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 seƱora
Nov 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
Nov 28, 2015

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

Posted by: A friend
Nov 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
Nov 27, 2015



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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 26, 2015


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
Nov 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
Nov 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;


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
Nov 24, 2015

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Posted by: Mark Jordan
Nov 24, 2015

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
Nov 24, 2015

Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 23, 2015


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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 23, 2015


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
Nov 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
Nov 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.


Posted by: Brenda Fox - Westlake Village, CA - Scodoobie
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 19, 2015


All love, light, peace and spirit

Posted by: Cynthia Hernandez - CA
Nov 19, 2015


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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 17, 2015


May your cars be remembered for all time.

Posted by: Alex Ticehurst - Eagle Rock, CA - Admirer
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 14, 2015


a true rodder!

Posted by: dicks rods
Nov 13, 2015

George we will see you in Hot Rod Heaven

Posted by: Wolfman Thomas - Hollywood, CA
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 12, 2015

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

Posted by: David Eyre - Boron, CA
Nov 12, 2015


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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 12, 2015


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
Nov 12, 2015


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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 12, 2015


Nov 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
Nov 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
Nov 12, 2015


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'!


robert yee brantford, ontario .Canada.

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


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
Nov 11, 2015


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
Nov 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!

Nov 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
Nov 11, 2015

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