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Jim Henson

About Jim Henson

Beloved puppeteer and creator of The Muppets, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock. He created the iconic puppets Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch, and Bert and Ernie.

Early life

He created puppets for a children s show on local TV called The Junior Morning Show. Another early show was Sam and Friends, which featured prototypes of The Muppets.


He was honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as both himself and Kermit the Frog.

Family of Jim Henson

He married Jane Henson on May 28, 1959, and they raised five children together named Brian, John, Lisa, Heather and Cheryl.

Close associates of Jim Henson

His fantasy film Labyrinth, starring David Bowie, was not a commercial success, though it eventually acquired a cult following.

Caroll Spinney

About Caroll Spinney

Sesame Street puppeteer who provided the voices for the lovable characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

Early life

He served in the United States Air Force, where he used the pseudonym Ed Spinney for his comic strip creations.


Prior to becoming a puppeteer, he created the show Rascal Rabbit in Las Vegas.

Family of Caroll Spinney

He married his second wife, Debra Spinney, in 1979.

Close associates of Caroll Spinney

He worked alongside Jim Henson on Sesame Street.  

Frank Oz

About Frank Oz

Puppeteer and voice actor behind iconic characters such as Yoda, Cookie Monster, and Miss Piggy. He co-directed The Dark Crystal with Jim Henson, then went on to direct the films The Muppets Take Manhattan and Little Shop of Horrors. In 2005, he voiced the robot in the film Zathura.

Early life

He was mentored by the acclaimed puppeteer Lettie Connell Schubert and he was inspired to become a filmmaker after seeing the Orson Welles classic Touch of Evil.


He made acting appearances in a number of films directed by John Landis, including The Blues Brothers, An American Warewolf in London and Trading Places.

Family of Frank Oz

He married Robin Oz on December 12, 1979, and together they had four children. He married Victoria Labalme in 2011.

Close associates of Frank Oz

He directed the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Michael Caine and Steve Martin.