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Overview (2)

Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, USA
Died in Flushing, New York, USA  (AIDS)

Mini Bio (1)

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, Frisbees players, jugglers and other entertainers. Charlie was one of the only street performers able to 'fill the fountain' (an amphitheater in a large circular 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's last film role was in 1996 in the film 'They Bite'. He died that year of AIDS. He contracted HIV through heroin abuse.

Comedian Dave Chappelle has acknowledged Barnett as an influence.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: wikipedia

Trivia (1)

Best remembered for D.C. CAB as Tyrone, a cabbie trying to get rich quick, and wish a giant crush on Irene Cara. Although it's an ensemble movie with Adam Baldwin as the central character, and Mr. T on all the posters, Charlie's Tyrone opens the movie, and is the scene-stealer throughout (a kind of ultra comic-relief in a comedy film). In fact, Tyrone's given almost as much screen time as Baldwin, and a lot more than Mr. T.

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