Robert "Bob" West (born January 17, 1956) is an American television actor best known as the voice of Barney in the hit PBS children's show Barney & Friends. 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 for the Voice of Riff's Robot: replaced by voice actor Duncan Brannan, who met him through their affiliation as the voices of Chuck E. Cheese, 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 1995, 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 various other characters in Chuck E. Cheese's locations with Duncan Brannan, 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.
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