June 25, 1956
Texas, United States
|Occupation||Voice actor, independent art consultant, web developer|
|Known for||Barney (voice)|
|Notable work||Barney & Friends|
Robert "Bob" West (born June 25, 1956) is an American voice actor, independent art consultant and web developer best known as the original voice of Barney in the hit PBS children's show Barney & Friends. West, a native of Pennsylvania 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 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 characters such as Jasper Jowls and Pasqually 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.
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