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Stuuuuupendous!
~ Barney's Catchphrase
I love you, you love me.
~ One of Barney's songs

Barney the Dinosaur is the main protagonist from Barney & Friends. He is a two hundred million year (two dinosaur years) old, six-foot tall purple Tyrannosaurus rex with a green tummy and small yellow toe-nails, who comes to life through a child's imagination. He is best known for his friendly, optimistic and wise personality and positive attitude. Barney is the best-known children's show character in television history. 

Creation

Barney was first created in 1987 by Sheryl Leach, who was looking for a way to entertain her then 2 year old son, Patrick. Originally, Barney was going to be a blanket. When that was proven to be too hard, he became a teddy bear who came to life. Patrick was fascinated by a dinosaur exhibit at a museum, particularly the Tyrannosaurus rex. In response, Sheryl made Barney a T. Rex. Kathy Parker, a fellow teacher-turned-mother who had helped Sheryl create the character, agreed to the change, but on the condition that he was not to appear menacing (a realistic t-rex would have scared her daughter Kaitlin). In the end, he was colored purple to appeal to both genders (Leach had a thing for the color purple as well) and had his features softened (i.e. "toe balls" in place of claws).

Portrayal

Costume Actors

  • David Voss (1988–1990)
  • David Joyner (1991–2001)
  • Carey Stinson (1994, 1998, 2001, 2002–2014)
  • Alan Bruce (1994, understudy in Barney Live in New York City)
  • Josh Martin (1997–1998, 2006)
  • Maurice Scott (1997, 2002, 2004)
  • Antwaun Steele (2000-2001, 2010-2011)

Voice Actors

  • Bob West (1988–2000)
  • Duncan Brannan (1998, 2000–2002)
  • Tim Dever (2000–2002)
  • Dean Wendt (2002–2014)
  • Unknown Stand-in (Barney Live! World Tour - A Celebration!)

Trivia

  • Some concept names for Barney were "Cosby", "Colby", and "Danny".
  • Barney's favorite foods are peanut-butter sandwiches (with a glass of milk), vegetables, pumpernickel bread, and pistachios (as of the Season 11 episode of the same name).
  • In the Barney & the Backyard Gang series, Barney had to be kept a secret from the parents. That running gag lasted until "Three Wishes" where Micheal and Amy's Mom is informed on who Barney is.
  • Although he celebrates his birthday in the Barney franchise, he remains over 200 million years old.

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