Jim Henson (I) (1936–1990)


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Jim Henson never thought that he would make a name of himself in puppetry; it was merely a way of getting himself on television. The vehicle that achieved it was Sam and Friends (1955), a late-night puppet show that was on after the 11:00 news in Washington DC. It proved to be very popular and inspired Jim to continue using puppets for his work. ... See full bio »

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(1976-1981)
The Muppet Movie Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Waldorf / Swedish Chef / Link Hogthrob / Doc Hopper's Men
(1979)
Sesame Street Writer
(1969-2005)
(1982)

Filmography

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 2019 Childhood Thoughts (TV Series) (characters - 1 episode)
- Big Bird Singing Bein' Green (2019) ... (characters)
  The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (TV Series) (characters - 10 episodes, 2019) (motion picture story by - 10 episodes, 2019)
- A Single Piece Was Lost (2019) ... (characters) / (motion picture story by)
- The Crystal Calls (2019) ... (characters) / (motion picture story by)
- Prophets Don't Know Everything (2019) ... (characters) / (motion picture story by)
- Time to Make... My Move (2019) ... (characters) / (motion picture story by)
- By Gelfling Hand... (2019) ... (characters) / (motion picture story by)
 2018 Muppet Babies (TV Series short) (based on characters created by - 1 episode)
- Sir Kermit the Brave/Animal Fly Airplane (2018) ... (based on characters created by)
 2016 Akasta: The Salvation of Thra (Short) (based on characters created by)
 2015-2016 The Muppets. (TV Series) (based on characters created by - 16 episodes)
- Because... Love (2016) ... (based on characters created by)
- Generally Inhospitable (2016) ... (based on characters created by)
- Little Green Lie (2016) ... (based on characters created by)
- Got Silk? (2016) ... (based on characters created by)
- A Tail of Two Piggies (2016) ... (based on characters created by)
 2015 Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow (TV Movie) (story by)
 2014 Conan (TV Series) (character: Ernie - 1 episode)
- Adam Levine/Chuck Todd/Sylvan Esso (2014) ... (character: Ernie)
 2014 Muppets Most Wanted (based on - as Disney's Muppet properties and characters)
 2011 The Muppets (based on - as Disney's Muppet properties and characters)
 2006 Muppets TV (TV Series) (characters)
 2005 5, rue Sésame (TV Series) (created by - 150 episodes)
- Episode #1.20 (2005) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.19 (2005) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.18 (2005) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.17 (2005) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.16 (2005) ... (creator)
 1999 Construction Site (TV Series) (based on an idea by - 1 episode)
- Who's the Boss? (1999) ... (based on an idea by)
 1996 The Muppet CDROM: Muppets Inside (Video Game) (characters and a television series created by)
  Dinosaurs (TV Series) (idea - 57 episodes, 1991 - 1994) (based on an idea by - 5 episodes, 1991)
- Georgie Must Die! (1994) ... (idea)
- Into the Woods (1994) ... (idea)
- Working Girl (1994) ... (idea)
- Variations on a Theme Park (1994) ... (idea)
- Life in the Faust Lane (1994) ... (idea)
 1984-1991 Muppet Babies (TV Series) (creator - 107 episodes)
- Eight Flags Over the Nursery (1991) ... (creator)
- Hats, Hats, Hats (1991) ... (creator)
- Happy Birthday Uncle Piggy (1991) ... (creator)
- Nice to Have Gnome You (1991) ... (creator)
- Remote Control Cornballs (1991) ... (creator)
 1990 Little Mermaid's Island (TV Series) (creator)
 1987 The Storyteller (TV Series) (creator)
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series) (creator - 1 episode)
- Puppetman (1987) ... (creator)
 1983-1987 Fraggle Rock (TV Series) (co-creator - 96 episodes)
- Change of Address (1987) ... (co-creator)
- The Honk of Honks (1987) ... (co-creator)
- The Gorg Who Would Be King (1987) ... (co-creator)
- Inspector Red (1987) ... (co-creator)
- Ring Around the Rock (1987) ... (co-creator)
 1986 Inside the Labyrinth (TV Movie documentary) (written by)
 1986 Labyrinth (story by)
 1985 Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook (Video)
 1985 Jim Henson's Little Muppet Monsters (TV Series) (creator - 1 episode)
- In the Beginning (1985) ... (creator)
 1982 The Dark Crystal (story)
 1981 The Muppets Go to the Movies (TV Movie)
  The Muppet Show (TV Series) (written by - 120 episodes, 1976 - 1981) (creator - 7 episodes, 1976 - 1979)
- Buddy Rich (1981) ... (written by)
- Chris Langham (1981) ... (written by)
- Debbie Harry (1981) ... (written by)
- Wally Boag (1981) ... (written by)
- Gene Kelly (1981) ... (written by)
 1976 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 1975 Muppets No-Nonsense Show (TV Short)
 1975 The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence (TV Special) (written by)
 1974 The Muppets Valentine Show (TV Special) (creator - uncredited)
 1969-1970 Sesame Street (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Imaginary Car Ride (1970) ... (1969-1990)
- Episode #1.1 (1969)
  NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode, 1969) (writer - 1 episode, 1968)
- The Cube (1969) ... (written by)
 1965 Time Piece (Short) (written by)
 1963 Robot (Short)
 1962 Tales of the Tinkerdee (TV Movie)
 1955-1961 Sam and Friends (TV Series) (13 episodes)
- Last Sam Show (1961)
- Poison to Poison (1960)
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Show Show Animation department (3 credits)
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Show Show Art department (1 credit)
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Show Show Self (83 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (82 credits)

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Other Works:

Founded (1973) the "UNIMA Citations of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry" (sometimes denoted as "UNIMA Citation-founded by Jim Henson) as a founding member of the American Chapter (1966) of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 3 Interviews | 9 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Jim Henson's Kermit the Frog | Kermit the Frog | Mr. Jim Henson | Jim Henson & The Muppets | Jim Henson's Muppets | The Muppets | Jim Henson and his Puppets | Disney's Muppet properties and characters

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

I believe in taking a positive attitude toward the world, toward people, toward my work. I think I'm here for a purpose. I think it's very likely that we all are, but I'm only sure about myself. I try to tune myself in to whatever it is that I'm supposed to be, and I try to think of myself as a part of all of us - all mankind and all life. I find it's not easy to keep these lofty thoughts in mind... See more »

Trivia:

One of the main reasons why Henson preferred to use Kermit the Frog for his signature character was that he was the lightest in weight of the regular puppets and therefore one of the most comfortable for use for extended periods of time. See more »

Trademark:

Lanky appearance and beard See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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