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Barry Swanson is the father of Paige Swanson and Erica Swanson and ex-husband of Linda Swanson.


Barry first appears in "A Rival Prodigy and Sir Isaac Neutron" when he, Linda and their daughters go to the Cooper home for a play date. Barry then converses with George and Mary and it's revealed that he and Erica are ignored by Linda who mostly pays attention to Paige.

Barry reappears in "Carbon Dating and a Stuffed Raccoon" in two scenes. The first time is when he comes over to the restaurant where his wife is chatting with George and when Linda sees him coming, she flees and then he encounters George. He is last seen at the museum after his daughter Paige and George's son Sheldon Cooper were caught in a closed exhibit.

In "Body Glitter and a Mall Safety Kit", Barry doesn't appear but is mentioned. He and Linda have gotten a divorce and Paige says that he's acting like a child.


  • He and his family formerly lived in Arkansas.
  • He and George Cooper Sr. bonded and become friends. Barry is similar to George because Linda always chose Paige over him and Erica, while in George's case, Mary always chose Sheldon over him, Georgie and Missy.


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Young Sheldon Characters
Main Characters Main Sheldon Cooper  ‧  Mary Cooper  ‧  George Cooper Sr.  ‧  George Cooper Jr.  ‧  Missy Cooper  ‧  Meemaw  ‧  Jeff Difford  ‧  Billy Sparks  ‧  Amanda McAllister
Recurring and Minor Characters John Sturgis  ‧ Tam Nguyen  ‧  Paige Swanson  ‧  Veronica Duncan  ‧  Brenda Sparks  ‧  Herschel Sparks  ‧  Victoria McElroy  ‧  Evelyn Ingram  ‧  Wayne Wilkins  ‧  Hubert Givens  ‧  Sheryl Hutchins  ‧  Gene Lundy  ‧  Tom Petersen  ‧  Le Nguyen  ‧  Trang Nguyen  ‧  Mai Nguyen  ‧  Kim-Ly Nguyen   ‧  Barry Swanson  ‧  Linda Swanson  ‧  Erica Swanson  ‧  Dale Ballard  ‧  Selena  ‧  Robin Difford  ‧  Jana  ‧  Marcus Larson  ‧  June  ‧  Grant Linkletter  ‧ Linda Hagemeyer  ‧ Pat  ‧ Professor Boucher  ‧ Jim McAllister  ‧ Audrey McAllister  ‧ Amber