Barry Thorne, also known as Big Bear, is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a minor character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Thorne was voiced by Kurt Alexander, who is creditted as Big Boy.
Barry Thorne is a member of the Grove Street Families and is one of the longest serving members of the gang. Between 1987 and 1992 he had began to use drugs, likely supplied by B-Dup. Eventually, and by the time of the San Andreas storyline, Bear had become the man servant of B-Dup and does various chores, including cleaning the toilet. Bear had lost much respect and had turned on the Grove Street Families in order to get more drugs. However, Bear eventually confronts B-Dup and decides to stop taking drugs. Carl Johnson and Sweet Johnson help Bear with Sweet taking him to drug rehab.
In a deleted cut scene from the mission Beat Down on B-Dup, Carl Johnson would take Bear to rehab with Bear explaining how he got into drugs. This would set up a mission where Carl would search for Big Smoke and would need to find an informant. Bear tells Carl and Sweet about a Russian Mafia gang member who would inform Carl of Smoke's whereabouts, which would set up the mission End of the Line.
GTA: San Andreas Mission Appearances
- Cleaning the Hood
- Beat Down on B-Dup