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Encyclopedia > Barney Gumble
The Simpsons character
Barnard Gumble
Gender Male
Hair color Messy brown (blonde in earlier episodes)
Job Varies: sailor, snow-plow driver, worked at a baby store, astronaut.
Relatives Father: Arnie Gumble (deceased)
Mother: Unnamed (U.S. Naval Lieutenant Commander)
Uncle: Al (owner of Barney's Bowl-a-Rama)
First appearance Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
Voice actor Dan Castellaneta

Barnard "Barney" Gumble is a character on The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. Barney is the Springfield town drunk, the most prominent of several alcoholic Springfielders and Homer Simpson's high school best friend. Simpsons redirects here. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (592x800, 176 KB) Barney Gumble, a character on The Simpsons. ... The shield and spear of the Roman god Mars, which is also the alchemical symbol for iron, represents the male sex. ... In the Royal Navy, United States Navy and United States Coast Guard, a lieutenant commander (lieutenant-commander or Lt Cdr in the RN) is a commissioned officer superior to a lieutenant and inferior to a commander. ... Season 2episode list header}} {{Template:Infobox Simpsons season 1 Season 2episode list}} Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, also known as The Simpsons Christmas Special,[2] is the first episode of The Simpsons to air. ... Daniel Louis Castellaneta (born October 29, 1957) is an Emmy award winning American voice actor, actor and comedian best known for providing the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters on the long-running FOX animated series The Simpsons. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Daniel Louis Castellaneta (born October 29, 1957) is an Emmy award winning American voice actor, actor and comedian best known for providing the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters on the long-running FOX animated series The Simpsons. ... Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ... The depraved inhabitants of a tavern, from a nineteenth century temperance play. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, and is voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Best Friend may refer to: Best Friend, someone with whom one shares the strongest friendship. ...

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Character origins

Barney's yellow hair, which would later be changed to brown.
Barney's yellow hair, which would later be changed to brown.

The name "Barney Gumble" is a parody (and near homonym) of "Barney Rubble" of Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones. Barney Rubble is Fred Flintstone's best friend. Originally, Barney was the best friend of Homer, but in recent seasons, he has been replaced by Lenny and Carl in that role. An earlier comic strip character from the 1920s was Barney Google. In several of the episodes of the first season, Barney's hair is yellow. Image File history File links Barneyfirst. ... Image File history File links Barneyfirst. ... Barney Rubble. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... The Flintstones is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. ... Information Nickname(s) Twinkletoes Aliases Frederick F. Flintstone Species Human Gender Male Age Mid 30s Occupation Crane Operator Family Ed Flintstone (father), Edna Flintstone (mother), Rocksy Rubble (granddaughter), Chip Rubble (grandson), Bamm-Bamm Rubble (son-in-law) Spouse(s) Wilma Flintstone Children Pebbles Flintstone Portrayed by Alan Reed, Henry... Lenford Lenny Leonard, MPhys is a fictional character in The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, originally Barney Google, is a long-running American comic strip. ...


Personality traits

Barney is almost always seen in Moe's Tavern, where he is a regular. His desperation for alcohol has been the source of many jokes. He has a quavering, slightly broken voice and a distinctive loud belch (although he sings completely differently, having a beautiful "Irish tenor" type voice), as well as a characteristic wandering eye. He remains friendly and good-natured despite his unfortunate condition. Heavyset, slovenly, and unmarried (though occasionally seen with women), he lives in a messy, sparsely-furnished apartment while he is also seen living at Moe's Tavern. He is occasionally seen doing some sort of menial labor, such as working for his Uncle Al at Barney's Bowl-O-Rama, but has also been the owner of a successful snowplowing business and been employed as an astronaut. In the episode "A Star Is Burns", Barney states that he is 40 years old and his first name was revealed as Barnard, although he also appears to be in the same high school class as Homer in flashbacks. When streaking at his high school prom earned him "about a decade's worth of detention", it was hinted that he is to be held back a year- and this could have happened already. An exterior of Moes Tavern, in The Simpsons. ... The process of burping, also known as a belching or eructation, is an often audible release through the mouth of gas that has accumulated in the stomach or esophagus. ... Strabismus (from Greek: στραβισμός strabismos, from στραβίζειν strabizein to squint, from στραβός strabos squinting, squint-eyed[1]) is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other. ... An exterior of Moes Tavern, in The Simpsons. ... Bowling is the common name for several sports that involve rolling a ball towards a target or to knock down pins. ... A Star is Burns is the 18th episode of The Simpsons sixth season. ...


When alcohol is not available, Barney is seen drinking just about anything, such as turpentine, varnish, and brake fluid. For the band, see Turpentine (band). ...


Life story

Barney is presumably at least partially Norwegian, since his mother comes from Norway[citation needed]. In Treehouse of Horror XVII episode Barney said "I'm Irish" (Moe punches him) "Oh wait, I'm Polish", but these episodes are not considered canon. His father, Arnie Gumble, died in a 1979 parade float accident along with Sheldon Skinner, Iggy Wiggum, Etch Westgrin, and Griff McDonald, all of whom had served in Abe Simpson's WW II squad. Barney once had a near-death experience in which he expected to be reunited with "my loved ones, my dad, and that plant I never watered," perhaps implying that he did not get along with his father. Treehouse of Horror XVII is, as the name indicates, the seventeenth Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons. ... Abraham Abe Grampa J. Simpson is a fictional character featured in the animated cartoon television series The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... The Flying Hellfish squad was a fictional army unit from The Simpsons. ...


Barney is generally portrayed as being Homer Simpson's best friend, known from when they were at school. Barney first appeared in the episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", in which he worked as a department store Santa and gave Homer a tip for winning at the dog track. The season 1 DVD for the series indicates that the script writers originally intended for Barney to be Homer's next-door neighbor. Season 2episode list header}} {{Template:Infobox Simpsons season 1 Season 2episode list}} Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, also known as The Simpsons Christmas Special,[2] is the first episode of The Simpsons to air. ...


As a teenager, Barney showed much potential. He was Harvard-bound until Homer introduced him to beer, sadly enough on the night before they had to take the SATs. Later on, with Homer, he was a member of The Be Sharps barbershop quartet, which introduced his splendid Irish singing voice. It was heard again in "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious" and in "Mommie Beerest". Barney showed his artistic side again in the episode "A Star Is Burns", in which Barney won top prize at the Springfield Film Festival for a moving documentary about his life as an alcoholic, unfortunately titled "Puke-a-hontas". Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... For other uses, see SAT (disambiguation). ... The Be Sharps were a fictional barbershop quartet from The Simpsons. ... Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious, also known as Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(doh)cious[2] is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons eighth season and originally aired February 7, 1997. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A Star is Burns is the 18th episode of The Simpsons sixth season. ...


Barney served in the United States Navy Reserve for a short time, as a submariner on the USS Jebediah "Simpson Tide") with his own mother as his superior officer, although he served in the U.S. Army for a brief period of time in his youth. The United States Navy Reserve is the reserve component of the United States Navy. ... Simpson Tide is the nineteenth episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...


Notable events

Conflicts

A sobered Barney, piloting a helicopter in "Days of Wine and D'oh'ses"

He has been involved in several altercations at Moe's with various visiting celebrities: after severely criticizing Joe Frazier, the two men stepped outside, with Frazier victorious in the fight. Barney was more successful with Wade Boggs, knocking him unconscious after an argument over who was "England's" greatest prime minister, with Barney arguing it was Lord Palmerston but Boggs preferring Pitt the younger. Image File history File links BABF14. ... Image File history File links BABF14. ... Days of Wine and Dohses is the eighteenth episode of the eleventh season of The Simpsons. ... For the Major League Baseball player and manager, see Joe Frazier (baseball) Joseph William Smokin Joe Frazier (born January 12, 1944 in Beaufort, South Carolina) is a former world heavyweight boxing champion, active mostly in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Wade Anthony Boggs (born June 15, 1958 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Boston Red Sox, whose hitting in the 1980s and 1990s dominated the American League in much the same way as his National League contemporary Tony Gwynn. ... The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is, in practice, the political leader of the United Kingdom. ... Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, KG, GCB, PC (20 October 1784 – 18 October 1865) was a British statesman who served twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the mid-19th century. ... William Pitt the Younger (28 May 1759–23 January 1806) was a British politician during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. ...


In the episode "Mr. Plow", Barney was inspired by Homer's Mr. Plow business to have his own snow removal service, calling himself the Plow King and buying a snow removal truck much bigger than Homer's. He even got Linda Ronstadt to sing on his commercials. "We've been looking for a project to do together for a while," he explained. He took away all Homer's customers and earned the key to Springfield (off Homer). Homer eventually fools Barney into traveling to "Forbidding Widows' Peak" to plow through the snow for a $10,000 bill, but is caught in an avalanche. Homer ends up saving Barney, they become friends again and team up, only to find the snow melting (after Homer comments "When two best friends team up, not even God himself can stop them." To which a voice from the sky replies "Oh , no?" and promptly beams down a ray of light to melt the snow), and Homer's truck repossessed. Barney is seen driving his plow as the Plow King once again in Miracle on Evergreen Terrace. Mr. ... Linda Marie Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is a popular vocalist with multiple Grammy Awards, numerous multi-platinum albums, an Emmy Award, a Tony Award nomination who has recorded over 30 studio albums. ... Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Miracle on Evergreen Terrace is the 10th episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ...


Since Montgomery Burns caused Moe's Tavern to close down in "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)", Barney became a major suspect for shooting Burns after Burns blocked the sun (despite his easygoing nature, Barney apparently carries around a derringer at all times). Charles Montgomery Burns, normally referred to as Mr. ... Who Shot Mr. ... The term derringer is a genericized misspelling of the last name of Henry Deringer, a famous maker of small pocket pistols in the 1800s. ...


In The Simpsons Movie Barney challenges Moe's self-proclaimed leadership as "Emperor of Springfield" by throwing a Molotov Cocktail at him. However, he admits defeat when Moe throws it back and it explodes. He likely survived the incident. The Simpsons Movie is a 2007 animated comedy film based on the animated television series The Simpsons, directed by David Silverman, and scheduled to be released worldwide by July 27, 2007. ... ... Molotov cocktail is the generic name for a variety of crude incendiary weapons. ...


Sobriety

In the episode "Days of Wine and D'oh'ses", Barney kicked the alcoholism habit. For his birthday, Moe gave him a gift certificate for helicopter flying lessons, not expecting Barney to actually use them. "Can you imagine this tanked-up loser at the wheel of a whirlybird?", Moe asked. Barney went to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, became sober, and took the helicopter flying lessons. He became fairly proficient at it, though he admitted he only knew how to make left turns. This new skill helped Homer rescue Bart and Lisa from a forest fire. Unwilling to lose a customer, Moe figured out a way to transfer Barney's addiction to espresso, which led to the disappearance of his trademark belch. He had relapses in "The Blunder Years" and "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can" and was back on the sauce in "My Big Fat Geek Wedding" (in a scene that was a parody of Jimmy Stewart in Harvey). Homer also encouraged Barney to have a beer when he played Ulysses S. Grant in a reenactment of the Battle of Springfield (though this, surprisingly, did not cause him to become alcoholic again). Early in season sixteen, though, he briefly sobered up and got back behind the controls of his helicopter to rescue an old girlfriend from a volcanic lava flow. He was also sober-ish and piloting his helicopter again in "Homerazzi". In "Co-Dependent's Day", he said the same re-hab clinic "cured him six times" meaning he may randomly switch between a current and recovering alcoholic. Also, in "Lost Our Lisa", he looked sober until he walked into Moe's Tavern. In the Simpsons Movie, Barney had been on and off with his sobriety. When Green Day performed in Springfield, Barney was one of the townspeople who threw beer bottles at them, and has his trademark 'drunk' hairdo. In church several minutes later, he once again has his clean shaven hair. Once the Dome began descending upon Springfield, he was one of the barflies who run into the church, and even later Barney was attending an Alcoholics' Anonymous meeting and went insane when they ran out of coffee. Days of Wine and Dohses is the eighteenth episode of the eleventh season of The Simpsons. ... Logo for AA Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an informal society for recovering alcoholics. ... The Blunder Years is an episode from The Simpsons 13th season. ... Im Spelling as Fast as I Can is the twelfth episode of The Simpsons fourteenth season. ... My Big Fat Geek Wedding is the 17th episode of The Simpsons fifteenth season, first aired on April 18, 2004. ... Jimmy Stewart, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1934 James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American film actor beloved for his persona as an average guy who faces adversity and tries to do the right thing, an image which was largely reflected in his own... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Ulysses S. Grant[2] (born Hiram Ulysses Grant, April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was an American general and the eighteenth President of the United States (1869–1877). ... Homerazzi is the sixteenth episode of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons, which originally aired March 25, 2007. ... Co-Dependents Day is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons fifteenth season. ... Lost Our Lisa is the twenty-fourth episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons. ... An exterior of Moes Tavern, in The Simpsons. ... This article is about the band Green Day. ... A cup of coffee. ...


References


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Barney Gumble - Wikisimpsons - a Wikia wiki (0 words)
Barney Gumble - Wikisimpsons - a Wikia wiki
Barney served in the United States Navy for a short time, as a submariner on the USS Jebediah ("Simpson Tide") with his own mother as his superior officer.
Barney showed his artistic side again in, "A Star is Burns", in which Barney won top prize at the Springfield Film Festival for a moving documentary about his life as an alcoholic, called "Puke-a-hontas".
Barney Gumble - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography (1235 words)
Barnard "Barney" Gumble born (April 20 or June 15) is a fictional character on The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta.
Barney is generally portrayed as being Homer Simpson's best friend, known from when they were at school (where Barney was Harvard bound until Homer gave him a beer the night before his SATs), although they have the occasional fall-out during the series.
Barney showed his artistic side again in the episode 2F31, "A Star is Burns", in which Barney won top prize at the Springfield Film Festival for a moving documentary about his life as an alcoholic, unfortunately titled "Puke-a-hontas".
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