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Comment: I heard, when I was younger, that the producers hired a new man
to play Barney because the old actor that played him had anger problems
and one day stepped on one of the children during a shoot. Is this true?

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InfraPurple
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Well, he may have stepped on a kid (probably did, given that the suit wouldn't have the best visibility), but he answered his call:

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From the IMDB page on David Joyner
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David Eugene Joyner was born on July 4th, 1963 in Decatur, Illinois to parents, Roscoe and Mary Joyner. He is the 5th out 6 children. His nickname growing up was "Preacher". He graduated in 1981, with Honors, from MacArthur High School in Decatur at the age of 17. And in 1983 he graduated ITT Technical Institute of Indianapolis, Indiana with an Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology. In 1982 He became know as "The Mannequin Man". David was hired to stand in store windows in malls as a mechanically moving mannequin. Hundreds of people would stand outside the window and watch with amazement. In 1984 he was hired by (TI) Texas Instruments and moved to Dallas, Texas, where he worked for 6 years as a Software Analyst. On September 28, 1990 he resigned to pursue his entertainment career on a full-time basis. While working for TI, he performed during evenings and weekends at various clubs, malls, Churches, Civic Organization, and on local TV Talk Shows. He was known as "Mr. Entertainment-David E. Joyner-The Mannequin Man". He became a Professional Motivational Speaker in 1988, and is in great demand all over the country.

He has a very funny and energetic way of motivating. In 1990 he became an Acting Coach at "The Dallas TV & Film Workshop, now known as "The Dallas Young Actors Studio & Performance Center, under the direction of Linda Seto. It's a non-profit organization that trains kids and teens from the ages of 3 to 18 acting skills. In 1992 he became the Assistant Director. It was there in 1990, that he met Casting Director, Shirley Abrams, who cast him in the role as "Barney". And it was also there that he met Hollywood Agent, Mary Grady, who is now his manager. David has played the Barney character since 1991 and has traveled around the world spreading love to millions people of all ages. On October 31, 1994 he lost one of his best friends to lung cancer, his Mom. She was only 58 years old. On December 6, 1997 David married the woman of his dreams, Edna Ivelisse Salamo. She was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico, which is where they exchanged vows, only to return to Dallas a week later to exchange them again to all their family and friends in the States.

In 1998 David answered his call to Ministry, and is now a Certified Candidate for Ordained Ministry in the United Methodist Church. This is a man who truly has passion for Word of God. And he loves to share it. In March 2001, he and Edna relocated to the Los Angeles area, so he could go to the next level in his Acting and Entertaining career. You will soon see him in his own TV Series. But besides being an Actor, an Entertainer, a Mannequin Man, a dancer, a Purple Dinosaur, a Drummer, a Preacher, a Motivational Speaker, and a Husband, he's a very humble, loving guy, who loves people.



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Comment: My eight year old son reported that one of his friends told him
that Barney was fired for teaching curses to children. Any truth to
this rumor which sounds very "urban legend" like.

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Comment: My eight year old son reported that one of his friends told him
that Barney was fired for teaching curses to children. Any truth to
this rumor which sounds very "urban legend" like.

Not really a curse word, but it was once reported that he may have called the kids "jerks" under his breath and when the clip was replayed it was not clear whether he said "jerks" or "shucks."

I'll try to find a reference.

Thanks.

Bill

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Was it just me, or did anyone else read this thread's title and think it was about Hal Linden going on a murderous rampage?

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Actually - it was related...

"What do you mean? Did Fish finally snap and kill the Captain??"

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Originally posted by Malruhn:
Actually - it was related...

"What do you mean? Did Fish finally snap and kill the Captain??"

No. That was just a rumor. What really happened was Abe Vigoda left the show. He, along with Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox tried to start their own show. It was called...I'm not even going to say it. Just twack me. [fish]

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quote:
Originally posted by TrishDaDish:
Was it just me, or did anyone else read this thread's title and think it was about Hal Linden going on a murderous rampage?

Actually, yes, I kinda thought the same thing.
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Aww. I was hoping that one of the kids finally got fed up with him and stabbed him. [thwacked] [fish]

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Barney killer?

If you're looking for volunteers...

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Comment: My fifth grade daughter just brought home the rumor that the kids
show Barney went off the air because the actor who played the dinosaur
died in some sort of weird accident. No details given on the "accident".
We talk (a lot) about urban legends and she asked me to check on this one.

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Great, now I've got Weird Al Yankovic's "Barney's On Fire" looping through my head.

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Sorry, but "Barney's On Fire" is NOT a Weird Al song! That song was actually by "None Of The Above"-- See here:


Tony Mason/None Of The Above's website-
www.loudsound.com

The Not-Al List-
free.house.cx/~eil/etc/notal.html

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quote:
Originally posted by Malruhn:
Actually - it was related...

"What do you mean? Did Fish finally snap and kill the Captain??"

No, but Wojo shot Barney Miller in an episode where they all went hunting for "Big Moose."

... jeeze I can't believe I remember that ... I think I just seriously dated myself ... [lol]

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I remember a patch that was availible for "Doom" which changed all the villains to Barney.

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quote:
Originally posted by mgbdriver:
I remember a patch that was availible for "Doom" which changed all the villains to Barney.

Barneystien ruled!
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