Dean Wendt is an American actor. He was born on February 17, 1968 in Elgin, Illinois.
Wendt was a co founder/creator and Disc jockey on Radio Disney from 1994-1999, but left the company in order to dedicate his time to voicing Barney the Dinosaur in 2001 after Bob West retired in 1999. Dean started officially voicing the character in 2002 for Season 7.
In contrast to the previous voice actors, Dean gives Barney a more nasally tone in his voice, making him sound "squeakier". His voice was rather high-pitched in Season 7 and early Season 8 , sounding similar to other Barney voice actors at the time (Duncan Brannan and Tim Dever), but his voice got deeper as the series went on, making it more of a cheerful extension on his own natural voice, as it iwas easier for him to maintain.
- Although he is best known for Barney's current voice, Dean Wendt also does many other voices for commercials.
- Before officially becoming the voice of Barney on September 2, 2002, Dean voiced Barney for the We Are Family music video, as well as Barney's appearance in the 2001 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- To date, Dean Wendt is the longest lasting voice actor for Barney (voicing the character for 14 years). Despite the show's hiatus in 2009, Dean did voice Barney for the 25 Million Hugs Campaign, as well as Barney's appearance at CPTV's 50th Anniversary Special, the app Learn English with Barney, and the new version of the Barney website. Dean reprised his role as the voice of Barney at the CPTV Jerry Franklin retirement gala on May 1st 2019.