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Charlie Barnett

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For other persons with this name, see Charlie Barnett.

Charlie Barnett (September 23, 1954 – March 16, 1996) was an American actor and comedian.

Barnett was born in Bluefield, West Virginia, USA. He first made a name for himself in the late 1970s and early 1980s, performing several shows of raunchy comedy a day at outdoor parks in New York City, most notably in Washington Square Park, where he competed for crowds with musicians, frisbee players, jugglers and other entertainers. Flautist/driver Ruben Riera agrees, Charlie was one of the only street performers able to "fill the fountain" in Washington Square Park. In September 1980, Barnett auditioned for Saturday Night Live and producer Jean Doumanian was ready to hire him, but after a last-minute audition, Barnett's spot in the cast was given to Eddie Murphy.

Barnett went on to appear in film and on television. In the 1983 comedy film D.C. Cab, he played the role of Tyrone. He had a recurring role on the hit 1980s TV series Miami Vice as Neville 'Noogie' Lamont.

He also appeared on Def Comedy Jam in 1993. Although the episode was not aired on TV, the DVD release of Def Comedy Jam contains an extra DVD with "2 Raw 4 TV", which has a Barnett performance.

Barnett's last film role was in 1996 in the film They Bite.

Comedian Dave Chappelle has acknowledged Barnett as an influence and mentor. At one point Chappelle had expressed interest in doing a biopic on Barnett.

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Having contracted HIV through heroin abuse, Barnett eventually died from complications of AIDS on March 16, 1996.

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