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Barney Matthews
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David Thornhill Jr. as Barney Matthews
Cameo information
Birth name Barney Matthews
First appearance October 1981
Red Dragon
Physical description
Hair Black
Eyes Black
Based on
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Appearance information
Appeared in Jack the Ripper vs Hannibal Lecter
During Hannibal Lecter's title card and verses
Jack the Ripper's first verse
Location(s) Baltimore State Mental Hospital

Barney Matthews made a cameo appearance in Jack the Ripper vs Hannibal Lecter. He was portrayed by David Thornhill Jr.

Information on the cameo

Barney Matthews was the Head Orderly at the Baltimore State Mental Hospital. He was hired by Dr. Frederick Chilton to monitor the most dangerous cells of the hospital. After Hannibal Lecter was caught in 1975, Barney was assigned to be the caregiver for him. Lecter respected Barney for his good treatment and kindly nature he demonstrated as his caregiver for six years. He made appearances in three of the four books of the series and was portrayed by Frankie Faison in The Silence of the Lambs, the sequel, Hannibal, and the prequel, Red Dragon.

Appearance in the rap battle

Barney first appeared in Hannibal Lecter's title card, carting him in on a dolly. He could then be seen removing Lecter's straitjacket and muzzle during Jack the Ripper's first verse. Near the end of the battle, he returned with the dolly when Lecter said, "Barney, take me back to solitary confinement."


  • Matthews is the fourth cameo to appear in a title card, with the first three being Loki, Brokkr, and Odin, followed by Hedwig, who appeared in Harry Potter vs Luke Skywalker.
    • He is the only one who did not appear in a LEGO battle.
    • He is the only human cameo to appear in a title card.