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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 10 July 1934Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Date of Death 23 August 2012Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Puppeteer, actor, musician, and master of voices, Jerry Nelson originally joined Henson & Company as a temporary replacement for Frank Oz, who had been drafted into the armed services in the 60's. He later re-joined the crew as a full-time performer in the 70's, and has since been heavily involved in almost every major Muppet project, including Sesame Street (1969), The Muppet Show (1976), Fraggle Rock (1983) and feature films. Memorable characters include "The Count", "Herry Monster", "Mumford the Magician", "Robin the Frog", "Crazy Harry" and "Gobo". Come the late 1990s, Nelson has begun to focus more on his musical career but continues his involvement in The Muppets.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: The Muppet Avenger

Spouse (2)

Jan (16 July 1984 - 23 August 2012) (his death)
Jacquie Moore (1960 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

His puppetry and voice acting with Muppets
Most known for the characters The Count, Herry Monster, Robin the Frog, Crazy Harry

Trivia (3)

His daughter, Christine Nelson, made a cameo appearance with him in The Great Muppet Caper (1981).
Daughter Christine Nelson was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was a little girl. Jim Henson may have adjusted the "ceiling" (the limit one gets before paying out of pocket) on the health insurance for his workers, to ensure her many hospital visits would be covered. He also allowed her to cameo with her father - since her dream was to be a movie star. She passed away before seeing herself on screen. The scene is the father and daughter walking through the park ("Look Dad it's a bear", "No Christine, bears wear hats").
Worked on Sesame Street for 42 years until his death.

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