Andrea Barber is an American actress renowned for portraying Kimmy Gibbler in the ABC sitcom Full House and its follow-up series, Fuller House. She completed her education at La Serna High School in Whittier, California.
Barber, a talented actress, is not only recognized for her on-screen roles but also stands out as a writer and a dedicated runner. She was previously married to Jeremy Rytky, and together they have two children.
Andrea Barber’s Net Worth
Andrea Barber is an American actress who is renowned for her portrayal of Kimmy Gibbler on the ABC sitcom "Full House" from 1987 to 1995. She reprised her iconic role in the Netflix sequel series "Fuller House" in 2016.
With a net worth of $2 million, Barber has made a significant impact in the entertainment industry. In the earlier stages of her career, she also had a recurring role on the daytime soap opera "Days of Our Lives."
Early Career of Andrea Barber
In 1982, at the age of six, Andrea Barber embarked on her first significant role in the NBC daytime soap opera "Days of Our Lives." Over four years until 1986, she portrayed the original rendition of the character Carrie Brady, a role subsequently assumed by actress Christie Clark.
Barber's outstanding performance earned her recognition, including winning the Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Youth Actress in a Daytime Soap Opera and Outstanding Youth Actress in a Daytime Serial.
While still actively involved in "Days of Our Lives," Andrea Barber made guest appearances on several other television shows. In 1983, she portrayed Amanda Gorman in an episode of the ABC drama "Fantasy Island." The following year, 1985, proved to be significant for the young actress as she guest-starred in episodes of the medical drama "St. Elsewhere" and the anthology series "The Twilight Zone."
Additionally, Barber was featured in the Emmy Award-winning television film "Do You Remember Love," sharing the screen with Joanne Woodward and Richard Kiley. The subsequent year saw her in episodes of Disney's "Wonderful World of Color" and the NBC series "Our House."
Andrea Barber’s Full House
In 1987, Andrea Barber secured her most significant and iconic role by portraying Kimmy Gibbler on the ABC sitcom "Full House." Kimmy, the irritating yet well-meaning neighbor of the Tanner family, served as the best friend of D.J. Tanner, played by Candace Cameron Bure. Initially appearing in a recurring capacity for seasons one through four.
Barber was later promoted to a series regular for seasons five through eight. "Full House" enjoyed a successful run with 192 episodes until 1995, and its popularity endured through syndicated reruns. The show featured a notable ensemble cast including John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Jodie Sweetin, Lori Loughlin, Mary-Kate, and Ashley Olsen.
Further Career of Andrea Barber
Following her time on "Full House," Andrea Barber had limited television appearances in the 1990s. In the early part of the decade, she played Rhonda Green in an episode of the sitcom "Growing Pains" and made a cameo in the television film "To Grandmother's House We Go." In 1995, she was part of the cast in the sequel film "The Skateboard Kid II." Following the conclusion of "Full House," Barber announced her retirement from acting to prioritize her personal life.
After a 22-year hiatus, Barber returned to acting in 2012, reprising her role as Kimmy Gibbler for an episode of the online comedy series "Funny or Die," alongside her former "Full House" castmate Dave Coulier. She further embraced her iconic character in 2016 when she starred in the Netflix original series "Fuller House," a sequel to the ABC sitcom.
Running for five seasons until 2020, "Fuller House" focused on D.J. Tanner-Fuller, portrayed by Candace Cameron Bure, a veterinarian and widowed mother of three. Most original cast members from "Full House" reprised their roles on the Netflix series, except the Olsen twins. Additionally, Barber appeared as a guest panelist on CBS' daytime talk show "The Talk" in 2017 and played a recurring role on "That Girl Lay-Lay."
Born in 1976 as the youngest of three children in Los Angeles, California, Andrea Barber attended La Serna High School in Whittier during her teenage years. She continued her education at Whittier College, earning an English degree in 1999. Following this, Barber pursued a master's degree in women's studies at the University of York in England.
Upon completing her studies, she returned to Whittier and took on the role of assistant to the director of Whittier College's Office of International Programs. In 2002, Barber married Jeremy Rytky, with whom she had two children. However, the couple got divorced in 2014.