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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The Muppet Show Kermit the Frog / Waldorf / Rowlf / Link Hogthrob / The Swedish Chef / Muppet Newsman / Dr. Teeth / The Newsman / Swedish Chef / Rowlf the Dog / Gloat / Jim / Zeke / Pig / Whatnot Dancers / Accordion Player / Beaver / Ernie / Jugband Member / Newsman / Prairie Dog / Australian / Baby / Beaker clones / Beautiful Day Monster / Black Rooster / Blue Frackle / Boppity / Boston Pops Conductor / Brown Bear / Bug / Bun-Bun Brother / Butch the Tiger / Cantaloupe / Clodhopper / Construction Worker / Dancers / Doglion / Droop / Eel / Fazoob / Flower-Eating Monster / Gills Brother / Gingerbread Man / Girl Dancer / Gypsy / Hillbilly Singer / King Rupert the Second / Lefty / Lenny the Lizard / Leo / Link Hoghrob / Link Hogthtrob / Mahna Mahna / Marvin / Mary Louise / Mean Mama / Miss Kitty / Miss Kitty's Dancing Partner / Muppaphones / Muppet Newspig / Nigel / Old Man Singer / One of the Students / Piano / Pigs / Pretty Monster / Rat / Robot Kermit / Rover Joe / Rowlf's Dancing Partner / Scientist / Shaky Sanchez / Silver Beak / Singer / Singing Fireman / Slim Wilson / Tennis Balls / The Muppaphones / The Muppet Newsman / Timmy Monster / Turkish Whatnot / Viking Pig / Villager / Villain / Wally Whoopie / Whatnot / Whatnot Dancer
(1976-1981)
Sesame Street Ernie / Kermit the Frog / Guy Smiley / The Baker / Thomas Twiddlebug / Anything Muppets / Harvey Monster / Sinister Sam / Bad Bart / Bip Bippadotta / Blue Martian / Tony / Jester / Kermit / Baker / Boy / Cowboy / Roberta / Spaceship Surprise Captain / The King of Eight / Additional Anything Muppets / Barry Rhymie / City Hipster / Father / Frances's Last Line / Juggler / Lance / Lavender Alien / Mahna Mahna / Mr. Nose / Rowlf the Dog / Salvador Dada / The King / Bartender / Ben / Blue Man / Boater / Captain / Captain Vegetable / City Boy / Fat Blue Cheerleader / Fat Blue Guy / Fat Blue J Friend / Fat Blue Victim / Fenwick / Flakey / Granny Fanny Nesselrode / Green Cowboy / Lavender Vocalist / Mailman / Pokey / Prime Minister / Prince Charming / Royal Cook / Store Clerk / Additional Muppets / Baby Monster / Beginning / Bip BIppadotta / Bip Bipadotta / Blue Victim / Blue Villager / Boy in Circle / Bread / Bruce / Casanova / Court Jester / Dan / Fred the Monster / Frog / Garbageman / Geefle / George Washington / Goldfish / Green Man / Green Monster / Guitarist / Head Cheerleader / Janitor / King Peter the Persnickety / King Richard the Chicken-Hearted / King of 8 / L-Sweater Man / Lavender Cowboy / Lavender Singer / Lead Singer 'Listen to the Bells' / Lead Singer 'One Banana' / Lead Singer 'Street Garden Cooperation' / Lord Lester / Marvin / Maurice / Monsters / Mr. Essex / Nature Lover / Nose / Officer Stan / Pat Playjacks / Royal Fireman / Sam / Sam the Snake / Sammy the Snake / Scudge / Sneaky / Stagehand / The Young Son / Zizzy Zoomer #1 / Anything Muppet / Aristocrat / Attendant / Baker (segment "Song of Two") / Banker / Baritone / Bats / Beatnik / Billy / Bip Bippadota / Blue Cheerleader / Blue Guy / Blue J Friend / Bruce Monster / Bumble Ardy / Bus Driver / Carpenter / City Man / Clerk / Diver / Doc / Drippy / Elmo Monderporg / Elmo Mondiporg / Employer / Fat Blue Dentist / Fat Blue King / Fat Blue Man / Fat Blue Man ('ET Family') / Fat Blue Man (Sun Sketch) / Fat Blue P Lover / Fat Blue VIctim / Fat Blue Witch / Father ('Five People in My Family') / Father (Pumpkin) / Fiddler 1 / Fireman / Freddy Smith / Garbage Man / Genie / Grandmother Happy / Green Boy / Green Man 'Exercise' / Grocer / Harold Happy / Harry / Henry / Herry Monster / Hipster / Jack / Juggler (on-camera) / Kermit The Frog / King / King Digitus / King Gerry the Generous / King of Eight / Lead Singer 'Bells' / Lead Singer'Listen to the Bells' / Lefty / Little Bird / Lost and Found Clerk / Man / Marius Monderporg / Marshal McClean / Marvin (music store owner) / Masked Man / Motorperson / Moving Man / Mr. Jenkins / Newsdealer / Orange Gold Subject / Pedestrian / Postman / Pumpkin AM Cowboy / Purple Boy / Purple Monster / Radiator Mover / Rancher Ernie / Royal Bass Player / Sheldon the Turtle / Short Branch Cafe Bartender / Soldier / Sonny Friendly / Storekeeper / Swedish Man / Taxi Driver / The Baler / The Emperor / The Geefle / The Juggler / The Letter W / The Mailman / Tom Smith / Tuba Player / Two-Headed Monster's Mom / Uncle (Fat Blue) / Unicorn / Various Monsters / Various Muppets / Villager / Villagers / W / Woman
(1969-2005)
The Dark Crystal Jen, a Gelfling (performer) / High Priest, Ritual Master (performer)
(1982)
The Muppet Movie Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Waldorf / Swedish Chef / Link Hogthrob / Doc Hopper's Men
(1979)

Filmography

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 1969-1997 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Ernie / Kermit the Frog / Guy Smiley / ...
- 3659 (1997) ... Kermit the Frog / Ernie
- Telly Plays the Triangle (1993) ... Guy Smiley / Kermit the Frog (voice)
- Episode #24.115 (1993) ... Kermit the Frog (voice)
- Episode #24.80 (1993) ... Bip Bippadotta / Ernie / Kermit the Frog / ... (voice)
 1991 Sesame Street: Numbers (Video Game)
Ernie / Kermit the Frog
 1991 Muppet*vision 3-D (Short)
Kermit the Frog / Swedish Chef / Waldorf (voice)
 1987-1990 Shalom Sesame (TV Series)
Ernie / Kermit the Frog / Tony / ...
- Journey to Secret Places (1990) ... Ernie / Kermit the Frog / Tony (voice)
- Chanukah (1990) ... Ernie / Kermit the Frog / Guy Smiley (voice)
- Tel Aviv (1987) ... Ernie (voice)
- Kibbutz (1987) ... Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1990 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / ...
- The Muppets at Walt Disney World (1990) ... Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / ... (voice)
 1990 The Earth Day Special (TV Special)
Kermit the Frog (voice, as The Muppets)
 1988 Hey, You're as Funny as Fozzie Bear (Video)
Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1988 Let's Learn to Play Together (Video Game)
Ernie (voice)
 1988 Muppet Madness (Video short)
Kermit the Frog / Link Hogthrob / Rowlf the Dog (voice)
 1988 Muppet Studios Presents: You're the Director (Video short)
Kermit the Frog / Swedish Chef / Rowlf the Dog / ... (voice, uncredited)
 1988 Sing-Along, Dance-Along, Do-Along (Video)
Rowlf the Dog / Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1988 Free to Be... a Family (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1988 Wow, You're a Cartoonist! (Video short)
Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1988 Muppet Babies (TV Series)
Dr. Teeth
- Muppets Not Included (1988) ... Dr. Teeth
 1988 Sesame Street: Oscar's Letter Party (Video Game)
Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1988 Magic on Sesame Street (Video short)
Ernie / Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1988 Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / Ernie (voice)
 1987 Inner Tube (TV Short)
Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1987 Muppet Babies Video Storybook Vol. 1 (Video short)
Kermit the Frog
 1987 Muppet Breakaway (Video short)
Leo (voice)
 1987 Muppet Coffee Break (Video short)
Leo (voice)
 1987 Sesame Street: Sing Along (Video short)
Ernie (voice)
 1987 A Muppet Family Christmas (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / Rowlf the Dog / Dr. Teeth / ... (voice)
 1987 Dolly (TV Series)
Kermit the Frog
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Kermit the Frog
 1987 Alive from Off Center (TV Series)
Ernie
- As Seen on TV (1987) ... Ernie
 1987 Big Bird's Story Time (Video short)
 1987 Learning to Add and Subtract (Video short)
Ernie / Guy Smiley (voice)
 1987 Sesame Street: Getting Ready for School (Video short)
Anything Muppet
 1983-1987 Fraggle Songs (TV Series)
Cantus the Minstrel / Convincing John
- The Honk of Honks (1987) ... Cantus the Minstrel (voice)
- Junior Faces the Music (1986) ... Cantus the Minstrel (voice)
- The Secret Society of Poohbahs (1985) ... Convincing John (voice)
- The Bells of Fraggle Rock (1984) ... Cantus the Minstrel (voice)
- The Secret of Convincing John (1984) ... Convincing John (voice)
 1986 Sesame Street: Play-Along Games and Songs (Video)
Ernie / Guy Smiley (voice)
 1986 The Christmas Toy (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / Jack-in-the-Box (voice, uncredited)
 1986 Labyrinth
Goblins (uncredited)
 1986 Sesame Street: Learning About Numbers (Video short)
Ernie / Kermit the Frog / King of 8 (voice, uncredited)
 1986 The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (TV Movie)
Dog (voice)
 1986 The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / Ernie / Dr. Teeth / ... (voice)
 1985 Childrens Songs and Stories with the Muppets (Video)
Kermit The Frog / Rowlf / Waldorf / ...
 1985 Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook (Video)
Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1985 Muppet Lift Off (Video short)
Leo (voice)
 1985 Muppet Perk-Up (Short)
Leo (voice)
 1985 Muppet Video: Country Music with the Muppets (Video)
Rowlf / Kermit The Frog / Dr. Teeth / ...
 1985 Muppet Video: Gonzo Presents Muppet Weird Stuff (Video)
Kermit the Frog / Shakey Sanchez (voice)
 1985 Muppet Video: Muppet Moments (Video)
Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Waldorf / ... (voice)
 1985 Muppet Video: Muppet Treasures (Video)
Kermit The Frog / The Swedish Chef / Waldorf / ...
 1985 Muppet Video: Rock Music with the Muppets (Video)
Dr. Teeth / Kermit the Frog / Rowlf (voice)
 1985 Muppet Video: Rowlf's Rhapsodies with the Muppets (Video)
Rowlf the Dog (voice)
 1985 Muppet Video: The Kermit and Piggy Story (Video)
Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1985 Great Performances (TV Series)
Kermit the Frog
- 'Cinderella' from the San Francisco Ballet (1985) ... Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1985 Little Muppet Monsters (TV Series)
Kermit the Frog
- In the Beginning (1985) ... Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1985 Follow That Bird
Kermit the Frog / Ernie (voice)
 1985 Reading Rainbow (TV Series)
Kermit the Frog
- Perfect the Pig (1985) ... Kermit the Frog
 1985 Into the Night
Man on Phone
 1984 The Muppets Take Manhattan
Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / ... (voice)
 1983 Muppet Breakthrough (Video short)
Leo
 1983 Big Bird in China (TV Movie)
Ernie (voice)
 1982 The Dark Crystal
Jen, a Gelfling (performer) / High Priest, Ritual Master (performer)
 1981 Muppet Side Splitter (Short)
Leo (voice)
 1981 The Great Muppet Caper
Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / ... (voice)
 1981 The Muppets Go to the Movies (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / The Swedish Chef / ... (voice)
 1976-1981 The Muppet Show (TV Series)
Kermit the Frog / Waldorf / Rowlf / ...
- Buddy Rich (1981) ... Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Muppet Newsman / ... (voice)
- Chris Langham (1981) ... Kermit the Frog / Waldorf / The Newsman (voice)
- Debbie Harry (1981) ... Kermit the Frog / Waldorf / Muppet Newsman / ... (voice)
- Wally Boag (1981) ... Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Waldorf / ... (voice)
- Gene Kelly (1981) ... Kermit the Frog / Link Hogthrob / The Swedish Chef / ... (voice)
 1979 Muppet Breaker Upper (Short)
Leo (voice)
 1979 Muppet Gimme a Break (Short)
Leo (voice)
 1979 The Muppet Movie
Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / ... (voice)
 1979 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
Kermit the Frog - Guest Host
- Episode dated 2 April 1979 (1979) ... Kermit the Frog - Guest Host (voice)
 1978 Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / Ernie (voice)
 1977 Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / Harrison Fox / Harvey / ... (voice, uncredited)
 1976 The Muppet Show Pitch Reel (Video short)
Leo / Kermit the Frog (voice, uncredited)
 1975-1976 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
King Ploobis / King Ploobis (segment 'The Land of Gorch') / King Ploobis (segment 'Dregs and Vestiges')
- Lily Tomlin/James Taylor (1976) ... King Ploobis (voice, as Jim Henson's Muppets)
- Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian (1976) ... King Ploobis (voice, as Jim Henson's Muppets)
- Ron Nessen/Patti Smith Group (1976) ... King Ploobis (credit only)
- Anthony Perkins/Betty Carter (1976) ... King Ploobis (voice, as Jim Henson's Muppets)
- Elliott Gould/Anne Murray (1976) ... King Ploobis (voice, uncredited)
 1975 Muppet Picker Upper (Short)
Kermit the Frog / Leo (voice)
 1975 Peter Alexander präsentiert Spezialitäten (TV Series)
Ernie / Kermit the Frog
- Episode #1.10 (1975) ... Ernie / Kermit the Frog (uncredited)
 1975 Julie: My Favourite Things (TV Movie)
Varoius Muppets
 1975 Muppets No-Nonsense Show (TV Movie) (voice)
 1974 Out to Lunch (TV Movie)
Ernie / Kermit the Frog / Guy Smiley / ... (voice)
 1972 Tales from Muppetland: The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / Mean Floyd / Caleb Siles (body) / ... (voice)
 1971 Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince (TV Movie)
Kermit / King Rupert the Second / Garth (voice, uncredited)
 1966-1971 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Kermit the Frog
- Episode #24.21 (1971) ... (as The Muppets)
- Episode #24.18 (1971) ... (as The Muppets)
- Episode #21.24 (1968) ... (as The Muppets)
- Episode #20.12 (1966) ... Kermit the Frog (as The Muppets)
 1971 Pure Goldie (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog (voice)
 1970 The Great Santa Claus Switch (TV Movie)
Fred / Lothar / Gloat (voice)
 1969 Sesame Street Pitch Reel (Short)
Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Grump / ... (voice)
 1969 The Wizard of Id (TV Short)
The Wizard / The Spook (voice)
 1969 Hey Cinderella! (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / King Goshposh / Rufus (voice)
 1969 NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series)
Gorilla
- The Cube (1969) ... Gorilla (voice, uncredited)
 1968 That's Life (TV Series)
Kermit the Frog
- Bringing Baby Home (1968) ... Kermit the Frog (as The Muppets)
 1967 Coffee Break Machine (Short)
The Machine (voice)
 1967 Shrinkenstein (Short)
Shrinkenstein / Woman / Strong Man / ... (voice)
 1967 The Paperwork Explosion (Short)
 1967 Our Place (TV Series)
Rowlf
- Episode #1.10 (1967) ... Rowlf
- Episode #1.9 (1967) ... Rowlf
- Episode #1.8 (1967) ... Rowlf
- Episode #1.7 (1967) ... Rowlf
- Episode #1.6 (1967) ... Rowlf
 1966 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series)
Muppet Performer
- Episode #3.31 (1966) ... Muppet Performer (uncredited)
 1963-1966 The Jimmy Dean Show (TV Series)
Rowlf the Dog / Rawlf The Dog
- Episode #3.8 (1965) ... Rowlf the Dog
- The Pop and Country World of Nashville (1965) ... Rawlf The Dog
- Episode #2.30 (1965) ... Rowlf the Dog
- Episode #2.29 (1965) ... Rowlf the Dog
 1965 Rumple Wrinkle Shrinkel Stretchelstiltzkin (Short)
King / Rumple Wrinkle Shrinkel Stretchelstiltzkin (voice)
 1965 Shrinkel and Stretchel (Short)
Shrinkel (voice, uncredited)
 1965 Time Piece (Short)
Man
 1965 Wilson's Meats Meeting Film #2 (Short)
Scoop / Skip / Self (voice)
 1964 The Land of Tinkerdee (TV Movie)
Rufus / King Goshposh (voice)
 1962 Tales of the Tinkerdee (TV Movie)
Kermit the Frog / King Goshposh / Charlie the Ogre (voice)
 1955-1961 Sam and Friends (TV Series)
Yorick / Sam / Harry the Hipster / ...
- Where Hunger Is From (1961) ... Yorick
- Last Sam Show (1961) ... Sam / Harry the Hipster / Professor Madcliffe / ... (voice)
- Poison to Poison (1960) ... Sam / Harry the Hipster / Professor Madcliffe / ... (voice)
- Visual Thinking (1959) ... Sam / Harry the Hipster / Professor Madcliffe / ... (voice)
- That Old Black Magic (1957) ... Sam / Harry the Hipster / Professor Madcliffe / ... (voice)
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Show Show Director (37 credits)
Show Show Additional Crew (9 credits)
Show Show Animation department (4 credits)
Show Show Cinematographer (2 credits)
Show Show Art department (1 credit)
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Other Works:

Created many short commercials for Wilkins Coffee, and recreated them for many local products throughout the USA. See more »

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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)

Spouse:

Jane Henson  (separated)  (5 children)

Children:

Brian Henson | See more »

Relatives:

Katrina Henson (grandchild)
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Personal Quote:

I believe that life is basically a process of growth - that we go through many lives, choosing situations and problems that we will learn through. See more »

Trivia:

Had a hit single singing "Rubber Duckie" as Ernie. "Rubber Duckie" entered the Billboard Top 40 chart for pop/rock in August 1970 and stayed on the chart for seven weeks, peaking at number 16. The 'famous' rubber-duck-squeaking solo in the original version of the song (for the very first "Sesame Street album") is squeaked by the song's writer, Jeff Moss. When the Sesame Street (1969) cast ... See more »

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