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Barney the Dinosaur - The Man Behind the Purple Mask

11/5/2010 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The mystery is revealed! For the first time in the history of the universe (we might be guessing here) TMZ has obtained footage of Barney the purple dinosaur ... UNMASKED!!!

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David Joyner -- who wore the famous purple Barney suit for 14 years -- crossed the finish line yesterday in Santa Monica after biking an incredible 4,000 km from Alberta Canada to L.A.

It was all part of Ride for the Red -- a charity fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross -- and despite the exhausting expedition, dude still hasn't lost his jolly side ... telling us, "It's all for the kids."


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Cella    

I remember seeing unmasked him years ago but I can't remember where. He was talking about how heavy that Barney costume was and all the jumping around he had to do in it.

1412 days ago
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Spewb    

That's great! OMG Barney is the Bomb! David is so adorable!

1412 days ago
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LTBK    

My now 17 year old niece LOVED him when she was around 2 and 3 yrs old. Could not get enough of watching Barney over and over. Then she saw a REALLY sorry excuse for Barney at a street festival and was terrified of him ever after.

1412 days ago
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Anna    

Oh he's cute, I think I'm in love!!!

1412 days ago
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Hey Now    

Hey--Barney's a cutie under all that purple. Who knew?

1412 days ago
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Sunshine    

Cool.
Barney was a great "babysitter"

1412 days ago
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Cella    

I remember seeing unmasked him years ago but I can't remember where. He was talking about how heavy that Barney costume was and all the jumping around he had to do in it.

1412 days ago
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Natasha    

He must know Demi Lamato and Selena Gomez- Former Barney Girls!

1412 days ago
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BlahBlahBlah    

@ #8... we heard you the first time!

1412 days ago
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Scout    

WOW, after all the crap I keep reading about these nasty ass thug rappers, a real black man steps up to the challenge and does something worthy...for, guess who?...Others in need! I am impressed. Your the man Mr. Joyner. Keep up the great work. How refreshing....

1412 days ago
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Doran    

Props to Barney.

But the questions he was asked in the video were beyond stupid. Whoever asked those questions, do us all a favor and cut out your own tongue.

1412 days ago
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mama9    

oh Barney, I have loved you and cursed you depending on the child and how many times we watch you that day. lol I can't remember how many years now, the kids are grown but we still have the videos (yes vhs) that I now watch with my grandson.

1412 days ago
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jxtr    

My kids and I enjoyed watching Barney. That was a terrific kid show.

1412 days ago
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diogenes    

My Jack Russel has a talking Barney (children are grown and gone)Ever so often I hear "Hello to all my friends" when He plays with Barney.

1412 days ago
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Kathie    

When I first saw the pic I thought it was of Will Smith with a brain injury....

1412 days ago
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