The Black Role Model We Never Knew We Had………..Barney

I don’t know how we all missed the very old memo but our Barney was played by a black man. Yes, the guy we all grew up loving and learning with was a brother, a young brother at the time. David Joyner was the man behind the mask from 1991 to 2001.

Business Insider caught up with the 53-year-old actor to chat about his time in the big purple costume, and he revealed some crazy facts about the gig, which Joyner feels was meant for him.

“Being Barney was never an accident,” he said. “I was supposed to do this character.”

Here is some old footage of an interview more than 7 years ago.

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