Father of ‘Barbie’ — Dead at 95

Filed under: RIP, Elliot Handler

Elliot Handler — a co-founder of the Mattel toy company — the guy who NAMED the “Barbie Doll” — has died … TMZ has learned.


Handler’s caretaker tells TMZ … Elliot had a medical emergency last night … and eventually died from heart failure.

Elliot’s wife CREATED the Barbie Doll back in the ’50s … and Handler named the doll after their daughter Barbara.

Handler was 95-years old.