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Caroll Spinney Poster

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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 26 December 1933Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Mini Bio (1)

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

Spouse (2)

Debra Jean Gilroy (1979 - present)
Janice (? - 1971) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (3)

Under the name Ed Spinney, Caroll Spinney animated a series of black and white cartoons called "Crazy Crayon".
He made an appearance as Big Bird on an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968). Before the show was taped, Fred Rogers wanted to have him remove the Big Bird outfit on the show and discuss the inner workings of it. Spinney objected to this idea, saying that it was important to preserve the sense of wonder and magic that children have about Big Bird. Rogers agreed that Spinney was right, and, instead, Big Bird appeared on the show in a Neighborhood of Make-Believe segment.
Was the commencement speaker at Villanova University, in 2004.

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