Big Bear

Barry Thorne
Appearances GTA San Andreas
Full Name Barry Thorne
Aliases Big Bear


Place of Birth Los Santos
Nationality American
Home Ganton, Los Santos
Glen Park, Los Santos
Main Affiliations Grove Street Families
B Dup
Carl Johnson
Big Smoke
Voiced by Kurt Alexander

Barry "Big Bear" Thorne, is a character in the 3D Universe who appears as a minor character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, set in 1992. He is a long serving member of the Grove Street Families and drug user. He is voiced by Kurt Alexander.

Character history

Bear was presumably born in Ganton and later joined the Grove Street Families. He rose to a prominent position in the gang but after 1987 began to stay away from gang activities. During this time he began using drugs and was enslaved to his dealer and fellow gangster Mark "B-Dup" Wayne, often being made to do degrading chores such as being ordered to clean the toilet in front of protagonist Carl "CJ" Johnson and tertiary antagonist Lance "Ryder" Wilson.

He continues to live with Dup due to his drug addiction and moves with him into a house in Glen Park, a territory controlled by his arch rivals, the Ballas. Bear, however, continues to resent his ill treatment at the hands of Dup and, determined to get clean, stands up to Dup when backed up by Carl and Grove Street Families leader Sean "Sweet" Johnson upon their return to the streets, punching Dup before leaving to enter rehab. He is driven away by Sweet in Dup's car.


  • Game files show two versions of Bear, both wearing the same clothing. One shows the model of Bear used in the game and the second shows a much fatter Bear.
  • Part of the original Beat Down on B Dup mission involved Carl driving Bear to a rehab centre, where he explained why he began using drugs, stating that the break up of the three families and the attempts of others to rise to power led him to stay at home and then search for adventure in drugs.
  • Bear was also to feature in the mission All-Terrain Take Down where he told Carl and Sweet of a Russian Mafia gangster who could inform Carl and Sweet of the location of Grove Street Families defaulter Melvin "Big Smoke" Harris. During this mission he also states that he and Dup were also cut off from Smoke's 'select circle of cats'.

Mission appearances

GTA San Andreas
Cut Mission