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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 17 September 1960Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Birth NameKevin Jeffrey Clash
Nickname Elmo
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kevin Clash was born on September 17, 1960 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Kevin Jeffrey Clash. He is an actor and producer, known for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and Sesame Street (1969). He was previously married to Genia Loving.

Spouse (1)

Genia Loving (1986 - 2003) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Best known as the puppeteer of Sesame Street (1969)'s Elmo

Trivia (6)

Due to the merchandising deal he struck with toy manufacturers, he is the highest-paid Muppeteer ever. The "Tickle Me Elmo" doll, for instance, was one of the largest-selling dolls in history.
Unlike most of the other Muppeteers, he has rarely appeared without Elmo. One of the few instances in which he appeared on television solely as himself was on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986), in an episode titled "The Faces Behind The Famous Names". This episode also featured Marc Jacobs, the lady behind the "Jimmy Choo" shoe empire, and the woman who inspired the creation of the Barbie doll (the daughter of one of the founders of Mattel, Inc.).
Has a daughter named Shannon.
His daughter Shannon's favorite rapper is LL Cool J, and her favorite actor is Jack Black. For her 16th birthday party, Kevin managed to get both of them to film birthday wishes to her.
Clash is an African American and has stated that although children ignore him and speak directly to Elmo, African-American adults tend to be surprised when they meet him.
In 2012, he resigned from Sesame Workshop following allegations of improper sexual conduct, which Clash denied, stating that any relationships that occurred were between consenting adults. Since then, he has been twice cleared of the charges.

Personal Quotes (1)

If everybody else your age is doing something very different than what you're doing, there's always going to be someone saying to you you might not succeed with it, you might not make any money with that... there's always going to be some type of obstacle in the way. All of those things will go away if you really focus on what makes you happy.

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