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Larry Baker (born January 23, 1961) was the assistant director for the first three Barney & The Backyard Gang videos. Since the 1980s, Baker has been an equity stage manager and a former employee at Disneyland. He also worked on the Paralympics as part of his forever memories.

Career[]

Barney & The Backyard Gang[]

While on a world cruise working, Baker and his partner, Stephen Bates Baltes, got acquainted with Richard C. Leach and his wife Rosemary Kearns Leach, a couple who was sitting next to them. Eventually when Baker and Bates Baltes went to work in Dallas, the couple invited them into their home, which is where they first met Sheryl Leach. They continued to keep in contact and eventually in December 1987, Richard C. Leach called and explained that his daughter-in-law, Sheryl, had a video idea for children. Richard C. Leach brought them on due to them having experience in doing musicals and having a background in theater.[1] The video idea eventually became Barney & The Backyard Gang, and Baker became the assistant director for the series. After the first three videos of the series, Baker wasn't asked to return for any future projects with the series.[1]

Credits[]

Barney & The Backyard Gang[]

  1. The Backyard Show - Assistant Director
  2. Three Wishes - Assistant Director
  3. A Day at the Beach - Assistant Director

Trivia[]

  • Baker initially pitched the idea of having Barney wear different costumes, similar to Mickey Mouse, which was eventually rejected. Baker drew costume ideas on sketches he had of Barney in which the idea of Barney wearing costumes like the chef's hat, tuxedo and the sailor outfit which became the eventual norm.[1]
  • While non credited for his contribution, Baker wrote the theme song for Barney & The Backyard Gang over lunch with Stephen Bates Baltes.[1]
  • Baker has a scrapbook full of behind the scenes photos from the Barney & The Backyard Gang since he was a photographer on set during free time.

Post-Barney[]

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