Friday, August 24, 2012

Original Muppeteer Jerry Nelson Has Died

From slashfilm, Jerry Nelson, one of the original Muppeteers hired by Jim Henson, died yesterday (August 23rd 2012). Even though you might not recognize the name, all of you have grown up with Jerry’s performances. He puppeteered almost 1,000 named Henson puppet characters during his 47-year career, credited for performing over 120 different named characters on The Muppet Show, and almost double that on Sesame Street.

Jerry was fighting with various health issues for the last decade, and in 2004 announced he would no longer be puppeteering full-time (although he continued to provide the voice for his Sesame Street characters into the recent seasons).

Full article here


Octopunk said...

Rest in peace, dude. Thanks for all the good times.

I love how much pop culture/educational TV rests on the shoulders of bearded, tinted-glassed individuals like this guy. I don't always feel this way, but hooray for the 70s.

DCD said...

Nicely put, Octo.

Catfreeek said...

One, one dead muppeteer..ahhahahaha!

Sorry, I have been on a roll of inappropriate comments lately. It must be pre-Horrorthon orneriness.

DCD said...

Oh my god, Cat - I just inappropriately laughed my ass off!

Catfreeek said...

I love it!