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Don Sahlin (1928–1978)

Don Sahlin was born on June 19, 1928 in Stratford, Connecticut, USA as Donald Sahlin. He is known for his work on The Muppet Show (1976), The Muppet Movie (1979) and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977). He died on February 19, 1978 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show Miscellaneous Crew
The Muppet Movie
The Muppet Movie Miscellaneous Crew
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas


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 1983 Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (TV Movie) (muppet builder - as Donald Sahlin)
  The Muppet Show (TV Series) (special puppets - 58 episodes, 1976 - 1979) (muppet designer - 37 episodes, 1979 - 1981) (puppets - 11 episodes, 1976 - 1977) (muppet maker - 2 episodes, 1978)
- Buddy Rich (1981) ... (muppet designer)
- Chris Langham (1981) ... (muppet designer)
- Debbie Harry (1981) ... (muppet designer)
- Wally Boag (1981) ... (muppet designer)
- Gene Kelly (1981) ... (muppet designer)
 1979 The Muppet Movie (muppet designer)
 1977 Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (TV Movie) (puppets)
 1975 The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence (TV Movie) (special fabricator)
 1974 The Muppets Valentine Show (TV Movie) (puppets - as Donald G. Sahlin)
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Alternate Names:

Donald G. Sahlin | Donald Sahlin | Don Shalin

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Jim Henson said he was responsible for much of the Muppet style that people think of. Don would call the sketches Jim Henson drew "the essence". He also invented "The Magic Triangle" which refers to the area between the focal point of the eyes in relation to the nose and mouth. He felt the position of the eyes finalized the character of the muppet more than anything else. See more »

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