Barry Asher (born July 14, 1946) was a professional bowler on the PBA Tour (1966–76).[1][2]


Asher, who is Jewish, was born in Anaheim, California. His bowling average was 170 when he was 10 years old, 180 the next year, and over 200 at age 14. He attended Santa Ana Junior College, and was an All-American in 1972–73.[2][3][4][5][6] He won his first Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) title at the age of 19 in 1966.[7]

He set a PBA scoring record that stood for 10 years when he averaged 247 in winning the 1971 South Bend (Indiana) Open, and his final year on the tour was 1976.[1][7]

In 1976 Asher became the 15th bowler to win 10 PBA titles.[2] He also holds four titles from the American Bowling Congress.[8] He was named Senior Bowler of the Year three times.[8]

He was the bowling technical advisor for the film The Big Lebowski (1998)[8] and bowled in the final scene.[9][10]

Halls of Fame

Asher was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1988,[1] and into the Orange County Bowling Hall of Fame and the Southern California Bowling Hall of Fame.[2] He is also a member of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1990) and the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1998).[8][11]


  1. ^ a b c "Barry Asher". PBA. Professional Bowlers Association. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Peter S. Horvitz. The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and the 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ B. P. Robert Stephen Silverman (September 22, 2003). The 100 Greatest Jews in Sports: Ranked According to Achievement. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bob Wechsler. Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ David A. Rausch. Friends, Colleagues, and Neighbors: Jewish Contributions to America from a Gentile View. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Chuck Pezzano. Professional Bowlers Association Guide to Better Bowling. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Pete Aldridge (February 23, 1988). "Bowling — News from the pro ranks". Ocala Star Banner. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Hometown Heroes and Heroines". Orange County Jewish Life. October 31, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bringing the bowling to 'The Big Lebowski'". Orange County Register. March 21, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ Matt Coker (March 23, 2013). "Fountain Bowl Rolls with Lebowski Fest". OC Weekly. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  11. ^ Eli Sherman, Joe Siegman. The Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 1990–1999. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 

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