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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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tanya    

Your facts are a bit confused-David joyner joined the Ride for Red on the last day as a celebrity rider. In no way did he ride the 4000 km. There were only 2 riders that actually supposedly completed the 4000km. It originally started out with 4 but dropped to 2 in Vancouver Canada.

1448 days ago
17.

femonanon    

damn that Will Smith gets around

1448 days ago
18.

Shannon    

14 yrs REALLY? I have worked with the show for the last 10 yrs and we just celebrated Barney's 20th year anniversary in 2008. He did in fact work the suit, but he is alittle off in the number of years, as always David.

1448 days ago
19.

Big Mamma Cornbread    

FOR A MINUTE I THOUGHT HE WAS....WILL SMITH.

1448 days ago
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cubanogm    

"It's all for the kids".Isn't it the same thing that pedophiles say.Wow.What a coincidence?.

1448 days ago
21.

Tim    

he was my next-door neighbor for years, MR joyner is a great guy, cool and genuine as can be.

1447 days ago
22.

Andres    

wait hes black!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wow thats new

1446 days ago
23.

A Fan    

I went to high school with David and he was a class act back then and an even classier one now. Props to David!

1444 days ago
24.

katlyn    

hi barney me and my little sister loveyou we wish you where our purple dinio freiene loveyou katlyn

1084 days ago
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