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David John Voss (born June 6, 1968) is an American actor and was the first costume actor for Barney.



Voss appeared as Louie the Lightning Bug for the Dallas Power & Light company, as well as Heartly the Rabbit for Family Skills Inc.


Barney & The Backyard Gang[]

While in high school, Voss was in a mime troupe. Voss eventually heard that auditions were being held for a project called "Danny the Dinosaur". The auditions were seeking dancers, mimes and or puppeteers. Due to his background, Voss auditioned as a mime. His audition was titled "A Day in the Life of Danny the Dinosaur" and Voss showed the crew how Danny would move in certain activities throughout the day. Voss eventually got a callback and got casted as the main character, who was eventually renamed "Barney" for Barney & The Backyard Gang.[1] Voss portrayed Barney for the first six videos of the series. Voss mentioned he would get bruises while wearing the Barney costume during filming.

In 1990, Voss entered the military as a Cavalry Scout where he was based in Mannheim, Germany. He was succeeded in the role by David Joyner.

Barney & Friends[]

During Voss' time away from the franchise, he would keep in touch with Penny Wilson, who was the choreographer for Barney & The Backyard Gang and the succeeding series Barney & Friends.

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Barney the Dinosaur with David Voss, the original body actor.

After his service, Wilson asked Voss to be her assistant for the franchise. When returned to the franchise he would do various crew work such as being an assistant performance director, character wrangler and or a dance captain for various live shows. He would also portray various small cameo roles for the franchise as well.


Voss appeared in the 2022 limited documentary streaming television series I Love You, You Hate Me, recounting a bit of time with the franchise.



Barney & The Backyard Gang
Costume Role
Barney Live! In New York City
The Winkster
Barney's Big Surprise
Bunny / Duck / Clown / Clarence the Goose
Voss would also portray Professor Tinkerputt in the event that Barry Pearl was unable to.[2]
What a World We Share

Barney's Super Singing Circus
Clown / Teddy Bear

Barney's Musical Castle
The Sign
Barney's Colorful World!
Elephant / Polar Bear / Starfish

Barney Live! - The Let's Go Tour
Muffin / Boy Robot / Blue Jay

Barney & Friends
Litterbot / Monkey
Episode: "Litterbot",

Episode: "Riff's Musical Zoo"

  1. Season three of Barney & Friends (assistant to performance director)
  2. Barney Songs (assistant to performance director)
  3. Barney's Talent Show (assistant to performance director)
  4. Barney's Fun & Games (assistant to performance director)
  5. Barney's 1-2-3-4 Seasons (assistant to performance director)
  6. Once Upon A Time (assistant to performance director)
  7. Barney's Sense-Sational Day (assistant to performance director)
  8. Barney's Musical Scrapbook (assistant to performance director)
  9. Barney's Big Surprise (dance captain / casting manager)
  10. Barney's Musical Castle (dance captain)
  11. Barney's Rhyme Time Rhythm (assistant to performance director)
  12. Barney's Colorful World! (goodwill manager) / (public relations)
  13. Can You Sing That Song? (assistant performance director)
  14. Barney Live! - The Let's Go Tour (public relations)[3]
  15. Let's Go to the Firehouse (character wrangler)
  16. Celebrating Around The World (character wrangler)
  17. Top 20 Countdown (assistant performance director)