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Caroll Spinney

Caroll Spinney was born on December 26, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA as Caroll Edwin Spinney. He is an actor, known for Sesame Street (1969), Follow That Bird (1985) and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009). He has been married to Debra Spinney since 1979. He was previously married to Janice Spinney. See full bio »

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Sesame Street
Sesame Street Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch / Oscar / Granny Bird / Bruno the Trashman / Bennett Snerf / Adrienne / Anything Muppets / Big Bird & Oscar / Cookie Monster / Farmer / Hippie / Lefty / Lefty the Salesman / Little Boy & Blue Man / Monotone / Mother (Purple) / Purple Boy / Purple Hippie / Sam the Robot / Sister / Various Monsters
Follow That Bird
Follow That Bird Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch / Bruno the Trashman
Big Bird in China
Big Bird in China Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch


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 1969-2017 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch / Oscar / ...
- Having a Ball (2017) ... Big Bird & Oscar
- Numeric Con (2014) ... Oscar the Grouch (voice)
- Proud to Be Me (2014) ... Big Bird (voice)
- Leela's Cell Phone Addiction (2013) ... Oscar (voice)
 2012-2015 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Big Bird
- Taraji P. Henson/Mumford & Sons (2015) ... Big Bird (voice, uncredited)
- Daniel Craig/Muse (2012) ... Big Bird (voice, uncredited)
 2015 Supernatural (TV Series)
Big Bird
- Inside Man (2015) ... Big Bird (uncredited)
 2015 Portlandia (TV Series)
Oscar the Grouch
- Fashion (2015) ... Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2013-2014 The Colbert Report (TV Series)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch
- Same to You, Pal (2014) ... Big Bird (uncredited)
- Chris Fischer (2013) ... Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2013 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series)
Big Bird
- Episode #5.200 (2013) ... Big Bird (voice)
 2012 Little Children, Big Challenges (TV Series)
Big Bird
- Divorce (2012) ... Big Bird (voice)
 2011 Elmo's World: Penguins and Friends (Video) (voice)
 2009 Being Green (Video)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2009 Scrubs (TV Series)
Oscar the Grouch
- My ABC's (2009) ... Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2008 Abby in Wonderland (Video)
Oscar as the Grouch of Hearts (voice)
 2006 Guess That Shape and Color (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2005 Elmo Visits the Doctor (Video)
Big Bird (voice)
 2004 What's the Name of That Song (Video)
Big Bird (voice)
 2004 The West Wing (TV Series)
Big Bird
- Eppur Si Muove (2004) ... Big Bird
 2003 Zoe's Dance Moves (Video short)
 2002 Elmo Visits the Firehouse (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 2001 Sesame Street Sports (Video Game)
Big Bird (voice)
 2001 Between the Lions (TV Series)
Big Bird
- Tweet! Tweet! (2001) ... Big Bird (voice)
 1999 Cinderelmo (TV Movie)
Big Bird (voice)
 1999 Kids' Favorite Songs (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar
 1998 Soul Man (TV Series)
Big Bird
- The Stan Plan (1998) ... Big Bird (voice)
 1998 Big Bird Gets Lost (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1997 123 Count with Me (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1996 Imagine That! (Video short)
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1996 Elmocize (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1996 Do the Alphabet (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Dog in Pound (uncredited)
 1991 Sesame Street: Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game (Video)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1990 Sesame Street: Big Bird's Hide & Speak (Video Game)
Big Bird (voice)
 1990 Sing Yourself Silly! (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1989 The Jim Henson Hour (TV Series)
Big Bird / Oscar / Bruno
- Sesame Street: 20 Years - And Still Counting (1989) ... Big Bird / Oscar / Bruno
 1988 Wow, You're a Cartoonist! (Video short)
Picklepuss / Pop (voice)
 1988 Big Bird in Japan (TV Movie)
Big Bird (voice)
 1988 The Best of Ernie and Bert (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1987 Sing Along (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1987 Kids Like These (TV Movie)
Big Bird (voice)
 1987 Learning to Add and Subtract (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1986 Sesame Street: Bedtime Stories and Songs (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1986 Getting Ready to Read (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1986 Learning About Numbers (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1986 I'm Glad I'm Me (Video)
Big Bird
 1986 Learning About Letters (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1985 Night of 100 Stars II (TV Movie)
Big Bird
 1985 Five Sesame Street Stories (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice, uncredited)
 1985 Three Sesame Street Stories (Video short)
Big Bird / Zookeeper / Oscar the Grouch (voice, uncredited)
 1983 Big Bird in China (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1981 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (TV Series)
Big Bird
- 1483: Competition (1981) ... Big Bird (voice)
 1979 Bob Hope on the Road to China (TV Movie)
Big Bird (voice)
 1979 The Muppet Movie
Big Bird (voice, as Carroll Spinney)
 1979 The Muppet Show (TV Series)
Big Bird
- Leslie Uggams (1979) ... Big Bird (voice, as Carroll Spinney)
 1978 Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice, as Carroll Spinney)
 1976 Bob Hope's World of Comedy (TV Movie)
Big Bird
 1972-1975 The Electric Company (TV Series)
Oscar the Grouch / Big Bird
- 453 (1975) ... Oscar the Grouch (voice)
- 131 (1972) ... Big Bird (voice)
 1974 Out to Lunch (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1970 Flip (TV Series)
Big Bird
- Episode #1.1 (1970) ... Big Bird (voice)
 1966 Bozo's Big Top (TV Series)
Mr. Lion (1966) (as Ed Spinney)
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Alternate Names:

Big Bird | Oscar the Grouch | Carroll Spinney | Ed Spinney


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[on his lifelong love of performing puppetry] Somehow I was shy enough to not care about being seen. And I figured if could ever get on a TV show with a character that I enjoyed doing, it might even get famous. And voila!


Under the name Ed Spinney, Caroll Spinney animated a series of black and white cartoons called "Crazy Crayon". See more »

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