Please welcome our newest client to the CelebWorx family, the original voice of Barney, Bob West!
Bob West began his career in voice over with the world's longest and craziest demo cassette in 1979. After graduating college, it took only five years for Bob to ditch his day job and devote all of his efforts to voice acting.
As a leading voice in comedy dialog radio commercials, Bob built his clientele, recording everything from national television voice overs to highly technical narrations. On one day, Bob had four recording sessions in three cities – a flying, talking marathon.
In 1987, Bob was cast as the voices of Jasper and Pasqually – two of the animatronic characters at Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza. He spoke and sang as those crazy bots for ten years.
In 1988, Bob was cast as the voice of Barney the Dinosaur. The PBS series, "Barney & Friends,” went on to top early-childhood ratings, even besting the venerable “Sesame Street.”
With audio books, interactive talking toys, a radio series, international personal appearances, and visits to children's hospitals, Barney kept Bob talking, and running. Highlights of Barney's "Elvis Years" include twelve sold-out live performances at Radio City Music Hall; international live TV appearances; an Emmy® nomination, and Barney presenting live; and Bob receiving RIAA-certified sales awards for Multi-Gold and Multi-Platinum record sales.
Since Barney began, more than 90 million videos have been sold around the world. The PBS series ran for 24 years in the US, and was seen – along with localized versions – in 100 countries and more than 280 territories, with some countries still airing the program.
On August 28, 2018, Bob and Barney celebrated the 30th anniversary of the release of those first home videos, and Barney fans are now having kids of their own, passing down the tradition. Who knows where Barney will go next!