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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), The Muppet Movie (1979) and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009). He has been married to Debra Spinney since June 4, 1973. He was previously married to Janice Spinney. See full bio »

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Known For

Sesame Street Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch / Oscar / Granny Bird / Bruno the Trashman / Bennett Snerf / Adrienne / Annoucer / Anything Muppets / Big Bird & Oscar / Cookie Monster / Farmer / Floating Face / Hippie / Lefty / Lefty the Salesman / Little Boy & Blue Man / Monotone / Mother (Purple) / Purple Boy / Purple Hippie / Sam the Robot / Sister / Various Monsters
(1969-2018)
The Muppet Movie Big Bird
(1979)
The Great Muppet Caper Oscar the Grouch
(1981)

Filmography

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 1969-2018 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch / Oscar / ...
- Elmo and Abby's Bubble Fun (2018) ... Big Bird / Oscar
- The Wheel Deal (2018) ... Big Bird / Oscar
- Having a Ball (2017) ... Big Bird & Oscar
- The Enthusiastic Penelope Penguin (2014) ... Big Bird (voice)
- Numeric Con (2014) ... Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2016 Super Bowl 50: Dream on Remix (TV Movie)
Big Bird (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)
 2014 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series)
Oscar the Grouch / Big Bird
- Jessica Chastain/Jeffrey Tambor/Chris Brown (2014) ... Oscar the Grouch / Big Bird (uncredited)
 2014 Sunny Side Up (TV Series)
Oscar the Grouch
- Episode dated 21 March 2014 (2014) ... Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2013 In the Night Castle... (TV Series)
Contestant (as Big Bird)
 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)
 2009-2012 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series)
Oscar the Grouch / Big Bird
- Episode #10.125 (2012) ... Oscar the Grouch
- Episode #10.116 (2012) ... Oscar the Grouch
- Episode #8.42 (2009) ... Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2011 Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster (Video Game)
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2011 Elmo's World: Penguins and Friends (Video) (voice)
 2009 The Bonnie Hunt Show (TV Series)
Oscar the Grouch
- Episode dated 9 November 2009 (2009) ... Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Oscar the Grouch (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)
 2007 Elmo's Christmas Countdown (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2006 A Sesame Street Christmas Carol (Video)
Oscar the Grouch / Big Bird (voice)
 2006 Guess That Shape and Color (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2005 Elmo Visits the Doctor (Video)
Big Bird (voice)
 2005 Sesame Street: Friends to the Rescue (Video)
Big Bird
 2004 Sesame Street: A Celebration of Me, Grover (Video)
Big Bird / Oscar (voice)
 2004 What's the Name of That Song (Video)
Big Bird (voice)
 2004 Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch
 2004 The West Wing (TV Series)
Big Bird
- Eppur Si Muove (2004) ... Big Bird
 2003 Zoe's Dance Moves (Video short)
 2003 Sesame Street: Sesame Sings Karaoke (Video short)
Big Bird
 2003 Sesame Street: Three Bears and a New Baby (Video)
Big Bird (voice)
 2002 Bert & Ernie's Word Play (Video) (voice)
 2002 Elmo Visits the Firehouse (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 2001 Sesame Street: Kids' Favorite Songs 2 (Video)
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)
 1996-2001 Learn Along with Sesame (TV Series)
Oscar the Grouch / Big Bird
- Music Works Wonders (2001) ... Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch
- Lead Away (1996) ... Oscar the Grouch
 2001 Elmo's Musical Adventure: Peter and the Wolf (Video)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1999 Cinderelmo (TV Movie)
Big Bird (voice)
 1999 The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1999 Kids' Favorite Songs (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar
 1998 A Brief History of Motion Pictures (Short)
Oscar the Grouch / Big Bird (voice)
 1998 Sesame Street: Grover's Travels (Video Game)
Big Bird (voice)
 1998 Sesame Street Reading Adventure (Video Game)
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 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 Sesame Street: Fiesta! (Video short)
Oscar (voice)
 1997 123 Count with Me (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1997 Sing Yourself Sillier at the Movies (Video short)
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1997 Sesame Street: Get Up and Dance
Big Bird / Oscar (voice)
 1996 Elmo Saves Christmas (Video)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1996 Imagine That! (Video short)
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1996 Kids' Guide to Life: Learning to Share (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1996 Elmocize (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1996 Sesame Street: Get Set to Learn! (Video Game)
Big Bird / Oscar (voice)
 1996 Do the Alphabet (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1995 Sesame Street: Let's Make a Word! (Video Game)
Oscar / Big Bird (voice)
 1994 The Best of Elmo (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1993 Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Dog in Pound (uncredited)
 1987-1991 Shalom Sesame (TV Series)
Oscar the Grouch / Big Bird
- King Sing Israel (1991) ... Oscar the Grouch (voice)
- The Aleph-Bet Telethon (1991) ... Oscar the Grouch (voice)
- Passover (1991) ... Oscar the Grouch (voice)
- Chanukah (1990) ... Oscar the Grouch (voice)
- Tel Aviv (1987) ... Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1991 Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake (TV Movie)
Big Bird (voice)
 1991 Sesame Street: Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game (Video)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1990 Sesame Songs: Rock & Roll (Video short)
Oscar the Grouch / Big Bird
 1990 Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Firehouse (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1990 Sesame Street: Big Bird's Hide & Speak (Video Game)
Big Bird (voice)
 1990 Sesame Songs: Dance Along! (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1990 Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Hospital (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar
 1990 Sing Yourself Silly! (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1988 Big Bird in Japan (TV Movie)
Big Bird (voice)
 1988 Let's Learn to Play Together (Video Game)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1988 The Best of Ernie and Bert (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1988 Wow, You're a Cartoonist! (Video short)
Picklepuss / Pop (voice)
 1988 Sesame Street: Oscar's Letter Party (Video Game)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1988 Count It Higher: Great Music Videos from Sesame Street (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1988 Big Bird's Favorite Party Games (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar (voice)
 1988 The Alphabet Game (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1988 Magic on Sesame Street (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1987 Learning to Add and Subtract (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)
 1986 I'm Glad I'm Me (Video)
Big Bird
 1986 Learning About Letters (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (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 The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 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)
 1985 Follow That Bird
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch / Bruno the Trashman (voice)
 1985 Night of 100 Stars II (TV Movie)
Big Bird
 1983 Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1983 Big Bird in China (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1981 The Great Muppet Caper
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1981 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (TV Series)
Big Bird
- 1483: Competition (1981) ... Big Bird (voice)
 1979 A Walking Tour of Sesame Street (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (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 A Special Sesame Street Christmas (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 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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Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

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

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[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!

Trivia:

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, ... See more »

Nickname:

Spin

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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