Did You Know ‘Barney’ Was Black?? Take A Look At The Man Behind Purple Dinosaur!

Posted On : 06/14/2017

There’s a generation out there who remembers this purple dinosaur. However, few knew that the man inside was a brother!

SOMEWHERE REFLECTING CHILDHOOD — “Back in the day,” Barney was pretty much inside every child’s home. That purple T-Rex’s signature laugh is distinguishable from anyone else’s, guaranteed.

However, for 10 years — from 1991 to 2001, he was the voice of David Joyner, as reports Business Insider.

It wasn’t easy…

According to David Joyner, the suit alone weighed approximately 70 pounds. Too, he notes it was crazy hot inside. Rolling Stone reports as follows.

“Now, Barney is about 70 pounds and it can get over 120 degrees inside, so inside you’re sweating profusely. It’s a T-Rex, so you’re basically up to your elbows in being able to move, and then also, Barney’s feet were huge. The head doesn’t come off, the head doesn’t swivel. There’s no facial expressions that can be made. I can only see a certain amount – when Barney’s mouth is closed, I can’t see anything.”

A dream…

There were several complications with Barney. However, Joyner loved the job anyway.

Joyner says, on the day before his audition, he had a dream about Barney. Specifically, Barney passed out.

“And I [had] to give Barney mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,” Joyner explains.

According to Joyner, he was driving on the way to the audition — still dreaming. He arrived to a stoplight, and something urged him to look up.

“So I look up and it says, ‘Breathe life into your vacation – Southwest Airlines.’ And then it hits me. I had to breathe life into Barney in this dream. If I go into this audition, breathe life into this character, I’m going on vacation.”

The rest is pretty much history.

“Barney was beautiful. Barney was very, very good to me. I loved being Barney. I loved everything about being Barney. But that chapter is gone.”

Here’s another interesting fact about David Joyner.

According to Rolling Stone, before Joyner was Barney, he was a software analyst at Texas Instruments.

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