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Jim Henson (I) (1936–1990)


Jim Henson never thought that he would make a name of himself in puppetry; it was merely a way of getting himself on television. The vehicle that achieved it was Sam and Friends (1955), a late-night puppet show that was on after the 11:00 news in Washington DC. It proved to be very popular and inspired Jim to continue using puppets for his work. ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 36 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Dark Crystal
The Dark Crystal Jen, a Gelfling (performer) / High Priest, a Ritual Master (performer)
(1982)
Labyrinth
Labyrinth Writer
(1986)
The Muppets
The Muppets Writer
(2011)
The Muppet Movie
The Muppet Movie Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Waldorf / Swedish Chef / Link Hogthrob / Doc Hopper's Men
(1979)

Filmography

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 2007 Sesame Street: Old School Volume 2 (Video)
Ernie, Kermit the Frog
 1988 Wow, You're a Cartoonist! (Video short)
Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1988 Sesame Street, Special (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / Ernie (voice)
 1988 Muppet Babies (TV Series)
Dr. Teeth
 1988 Let's Learn to Play Together (Video Game)
Ernie (voice)
 1988 Muppet Madness (Video short)
Kermit the Frog / Link Hogthrob / Rowlf the Dog (voice)
 1988 Muppet Studios Presents: You're the Director (Video short)
Kermit the Frog / Swedish Chef / Rowlf the Dog / ... (voice, uncredited)
 1987 Sing Along (Video short)
Ernie (voice)
 1987 Dolly (TV Series)
Kermit the Frog
 1987 Alive from Off Center (TV Series)
Ernie
- As Seen on TV (1987) ... Ernie
 1987 Inner Tube (TV Short)
Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1987 Learning to Add and Subtract (Video short)
Ernie / Guy Smiley (voice)
 1987 Muppet Breakaway (Video short)
Leo (voice)
 1987 Muppet Coffee Break (Video short)
Leo (voice)
 1986 The Christmas Toy (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / Jack-in-the-Box (voice, uncredited)
 1986 Learning About Numbers (Video short)
Ernie / Kermit the Frog / King of 8 (voice, uncredited)
 1986 The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (TV Movie)
Dog (voice)
 1985 Into the Night
Man on Phone
 1985 Muppet Lift Off (Video short)
Leo (voice)
 1985 Muppet Perk-Up (Short)
Leo (voice)
 1985 Muppet Video: Muppet Moments (Video)
Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Waldorf / ... (voice)
 1983 Big Bird in China (TV Movie)
Ernie (voice)
 1983 Muppet Breakthrough (Video short)
Leo
 1976-1981 The Muppet Show (TV Series)
Kermit the Frog / Waldorf / Rowlf / ...
- Buddy Rich (1981) ... Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Muppet Newsman / ... (voice)
- Debbie Harry (1981) ... Kermit the Frog / Waldorf / Muppet Newsman / ... (voice)
- Wally Boag (1981) ... Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Waldorf / ... (voice)
- Gene Kelly (1981) ... Kermit the Frog / Link Hogthrob / The Swedish Chef / ... (voice)
 1981 Muppet Side Splitter (Short)
Leo (voice)
 1979 The Muppet Movie
Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / ... (voice)
 1979 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
Kermit the Frog - Guest Host
- Episode dated 2 April 1979 (1979) ... Kermit the Frog - Guest Host (voice)
 1979 Muppet Breaker Upper (Short)
Leo (voice)
 1979 Muppet Gimme a Break (Short)
Leo (voice)
 1977 Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / Harrison Fox / Harvey / ... (voice, uncredited)
 1975-1976 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
King Ploobis / King Ploobis (segment 'The Land of Gorch') / King Ploobis (segment 'Dregs and Vestiges')
- Lily Tomlin/James Taylor (1976) ... King Ploobis (voice, as Jim Henson's Muppets)
- Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian (1976) ... King Ploobis (voice, as Jim Henson's Muppets)
- Ron Nessen/Patti Smith Group (1976) ... King Ploobis (credit only)
- Anthony Perkins/Betty Carter (1976) ... King Ploobis (voice, as Jim Henson's Muppets)
- Elliott Gould/Anne Murray (1976) ... King Ploobis (voice, uncredited)
 1976 The Muppet Show Pitch Reel (Video short)
Leo / Kermit the Frog (voice, uncredited)
 1975 Muppets No-Nonsense Show (TV Movie) (voice)
 1975 Muppet Picker Upper (Short)
Kermit the Frog / Leo (voice)
 1974 Out to Lunch (TV Movie)
Ernie / Kermit the Frog / Guy Smiley / ... (voice)
 1974 The Muppets Valentine Show (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / Wally / Ernie (voice)
 1971 Pure Goldie (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1971 Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince (TV Movie)
Kermit / King Rupert the Second / Garth (voice, uncredited)
 1970 The Great Santa Claus Switch (TV Movie)
Fred / Lothar (voice)
 1969 Hey Cinderella! (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / King Goshposh / Rufus (voice)
 1969 NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series)
Gorilla
- The Cube (1969) ... Gorilla (voice, uncredited)
 1969 Sesame Street Pitch Reel (Short)
Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Grump / ... (voice)
 1969 The Wizard of Id (TV Short)
The Wizard / The Spook (voice)
 1968 That's Life (TV Series)
Kermit the Frog
- Bringing Baby Home (1968) ... Kermit the Frog (as The Muppets)
 1967 Our Place (TV Series)
Rowlf
- Episode #1.10 (1967) ... Rowlf
- Episode #1.9 (1967) ... Rowlf
- Episode #1.8 (1967) ... Rowlf
- Episode #1.7 (1967) ... Rowlf
- Episode #1.6 (1967) ... Rowlf
 1967 Coffee Break Machine (Short)
The Machine (voice)
 1967 Shrinkenstein (Short)
Shrinkenstein / Woman / Strong Man / ... (voice)
 1967 The Paperwork Explosion (Short)
 1966 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series)
Muppet Performer
- Episode #3.31 (1966) ... Muppet Performer (uncredited)
 1965 Rumple Wrinkle Shrinkel Stretchelstiltzkin (Short)
King / Rumple Wrinkle Shrinkel Stretchelstiltzkin (voice)
 1965 Shrinkel and Stretchel (Short)
Shrinkel (voice, uncredited)
 1965 Time Piece (Short)
Man
 1965 Wilson's Meats Meeting Film #2 (Short)
Scoop / Skip / Himself (voice)
 1964 The Land of Tinkerdee (TV Movie)
Rufus / King Goshposh (voice)
 1962 Tales of the Tinkerdee (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / King Goshposh / Charlie the Ogre (voice)
 1955-1961 Sam and Friends (TV Series)
Yorick / Sam / Harry the Hipster / ...
- Where Hunger Is From (1961) ... Yorick
- Last Sam Show (1961) ... Sam / Harry the Hipster / Professor Madcliffe / ... (voice)
- Poison to Poison (1960) ... Sam / Harry the Hipster / Professor Madcliffe / ... (voice)
- Visual Thinking (1959) ... Sam / Harry the Hipster / Professor Madcliffe / ... (voice)
- That Old Black Magic (1957) ... Sam / Harry the Hipster / Professor Madcliffe / ... (voice)
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Show Show Producer (47 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (40 credits)
Show Show Director (28 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (8 credits)
Show Show Animation department (2 credits)
Show Show Cinematographer (1 credit)
Show Show Art department (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (11 credits)
Show Show Self (72 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (59 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Appeared as himself in the unfinished 1969 TV special "Moving With Nancy 3: Nice 'N' Easy", with Nancy Sinatra. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 3 Interviews | 9 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Jim Henson's Kermit the Frog | Kermit the Frog | Mr. Jim Henson | Jim Henson & The Muppets | Jim Henson's Muppets | The Muppets | Jim Henson and his Puppets | Disney's Muppet properties and characters

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

I think there are lots of ways of leading very good lives and growing spiritually. This process of growth goes on whether we believe in it or not. See more »

Trivia:

One of the main reasons why Henson preferred to use Kermit the Frog for his signature character was that he was the lightest in weight of the regular puppets and therefore one of the most comfortable for use for extended periods of time. See more »

Trademark:

Lanky appearance and beard See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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