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7 Things You Need To Know About The Man In The Barney Suit

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Barney the big purple dinosaur was a part of every kid's life. He was a sensation in the 90s, every kid knew the songs and every parent dreaded the moment their kid asked to watch the movie again.

The repetitive songs, the cheerful children, and the colorful cast of dinosaurs were addictive for kids. You couldn't go to any kids house without seeing some sort of Barney merchandise around.


The one thing we never really knew was what the man inside the suit looked like. It's been one of those things that just slips from your mind but now the man who played Barney for 10 years wants to be seen.

His name is David Joiner and he is actually doing a new YouTube show (not in a Barney suit) as a whole new character where he plays "Hip Hop Harry".

Before he was Barney he had a regular job

David Joyner

The actor who spent all that time inside that suit is named David Joyner. He was actually working at Texas Instruments as a software analyst up until 1990 when he decided to pursue entertainment full time.

He also had a few really strange jobs

He had some strange jobs before he landed the iconic role, including being a living mannequin. He said that "I would stand in store windows and I would stand there as a mannequin, just frozen."

He actually wasn't the original Barney


He explained that before he got the role there was a live appearance where a young woman was in the suit but she couldn't handle it. He says that "she was bombarded by kids, couldn't take her break at the time, just really needed to get out of the costume, and couldn't do it. So after that first event, they never heard from her again."

Turns out he had a good reason to believe he was meant to play Barney.

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