Bob West

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Bob West
Robert West

(1956-06-25) June 25, 1956 (age 62)
OccupationVoice actor, independent art consultant, web developer
Years active1986–2001
Known forVoice of Barney (1988–2001)
Notable work
Barney & Friends
WebsiteOfficial website

Robert West (born June 25, 1956) is an American voice actor, independent art consultant and web developer, who is best known as the original voice of Barney in the hit PBS children's show Barney & Friends.[1] West, a native of Texas has also appeared in several Barney-related shows such as concert tours.


As Barney, his voice was used on the television series, in a 70 market radio show, on Multi-Platinum and Multi-Gold albums, for a feature film, for CBS and NBC primetime specials, for touring performances, as a Daytime Emmy presenter, for toys, for educational games, and for "personal appearances". He also voiced interviews on The Today Show, LIVE! with Regis & Kathie Lee, Oprah, The Donahue Show, John & Leeza From Hollywood, Marilu, and appearances around the world.

In 2000, he retired from voicing Barney and was temporarily replaced for Barney (and for the Voice of Riff's Robot) by voice actor Duncan Brannan, who met him through their affiliation, and Tim Dever. In 2002, Dean Wendt replaced Brannan and Dever as the purple dinosaur's voice and Carey Stinson replaced David Joyner as the character's body performer. However, West's pre-recorded voice can still be heard in A Day in the Park with Barney at Universal Studios Florida, as it was recorded in the mid 90's and his archival recordings are still heard in some of HIT Entertainment's The Little Big Club live stage shows.

West has provided voices for characters such as Jasper Jowls and Pasqually (from 1986 until 1998) in Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza locations with Duncan Brannan (as the voice of Chuck E. Cheese), TV and radio ads for Pepsi, Bud Light (English and Spanish), Coors Light, Frito-Lay, KFC, Armour Meats, Circuit City, Texas Monthly Magazine, and Texas Lottery.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Barney's Magical Musical Adventure Barney Voice
1998 Barney's Great Adventure


Year Title once upon a time Role Notes
1988–1991 Barney and the Backyard Gang Barney Voice
1992–2000 Barney & Friends
1996–2001 GMTV Kids


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Barney Live in New York City Barney Voice

Other work[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986–1998 Chuck E. Cheese's Jasper T. Jowls/Pasqually the Chef Voice


  1. ^ Petit, Stephanie (June 8, 2017). "Barney Unmasked! Meet the Man Who 'Loved' Playing the Iconic Purple Dinosaur for a Decade". People. Retrieved 24 September 2017.

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