Caroll Spinney (1933–2019)


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Caroll Spinney was born on December 26, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Sesame Street (1969), The Muppet Movie (1979) and Follow That Bird (1985). He was married to Debra Spinney and Janice Spinney. He died on December 8, 2019 in Woodstock, Connecticut, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Sesame Street Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch / Oscar / Bruno the Trashman / Granny Bird / Anything Muppets / Bennett Snerf / Cookie Monster / Train Rider / Bruno / Various Monsters / Adrienne / Annoucer / Beautiful Day Monster / Big Bird & Oscar / Bird Bird / Brother / Farmer / Floating Face / Fluffy the Elephant / Hippie / King / Lefty / Lefty the Salesman / Little Boy & Blue Man / Monotone / Monotones Vocalist / Mother (Purple) / Mr. Rocco / Oscar the Grocuh / Purple Boy / Purple Hippie / Rubber Ball / Sam the Robot / Sister / Voiceover
(1969-2020)
The Muppet Movie Big Bird
(1979)
Follow That Bird Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch / Bruno the Trashman
(1985)

Filmography

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 1969-2020 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch / Oscar / ...
- Let's Go Camping (2020) ... Big Bird
- Fourth of July (2020) ... Big Bird
- Lucky's Unlucky Day (2020) ... Big Bird
- Big Bird's Fairytale (2020) ... Big Bird
- Rudy Blows His First Bubble (2020) ... Big Bird
 2019 Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting (Video)
Big Bird
 2019 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (TV Series)
Oscar the Grouch
- Michelle Williams/Emily Bazelon/Oscar the Grouch (2019) ... Oscar the Grouch (as Oscar the Grouch)
 2016 Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2016 Super Bowl 50: Dream on Remix (TV Short)
Big Bird (voice)
 2016 Elmo's World: Elmo Wonders
Oscar the Grouch / Big Bird
 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)
 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 Sesame Street: Alphabet Songs (Video)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch
 2014 Sunny Side Up (TV Series)
Oscar the Grouch
- Episode dated 21 March 2014 (2014) ... Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2013 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series)
Big Bird
- Episode dated 25 September 2013 (2013) ... Big Bird (voice)
 2012-2013 Good Morning America (TV Series)
Oscar / Big Bird
- Episode dated 13 September 2013 (2013) ... Big Bird (voice)
- Episode dated 10 May 2013 (2013) ... Oscar (voice)
- Episode dated 19 September 2012 (2012) ... Oscar (voice)
 2013 In the Night Castle... (TV Series)
Contestant (as Big Bird)
 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: Silly Storytime (Video)
Big Bird / Oscar
 2011 Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster (Video Game)
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2011 Sesame Street: Learning Letters with Elmo (Video)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch
 2011 Elmo's World: Penguins and Friends (Video) (voice)
 2009 Elmo and Abby's Birthday Fun (Video)
Oscar the Grouch
 2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2009 Sesame Street: 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)
 2008 Elmo's World: Summer Vacation (Video)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch
 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)
 1998-2006 Elmo's World (TV Series)
Big Bird / Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch / Oscar the Grouch
- Friends (2006) ... Big Bird
- Transportation (1999) ... Big Bird (voice)
- Music (1999) ... Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch (voice)
- Shoes (1998) ... Oscar the Grouch
 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 / Oscar the Grouch / Granny Bird (voice)
 2004 Sesame Street: A Celebration of Me, Grover (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar (voice)
 2004 Sesame Street: 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 Sesame Street: Zoe's Dance Moves (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 2003 Sesame Street: Sesame Sings Karaoke (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar (voice)
 2003 Sesame Street: Three Bears and a New Baby (Video)
Big Bird (voice)
 2003 Sesame Street 4-D (Short)
Big Bird / Oscar (voice)
 2003 Elmo's World: The Great Outdoors (Video)
Oscar (voice)
 2002 Sesame Street: Bert & Ernie's Word Play (Video)
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2002 Elmo's World: Happy Holidays! (Video)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2002 Elmo Visits the Firehouse (Video)
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2002 Elmo's World: Springtime Fun! (Video)
Big Bird (voice)
 2001 Sesame Street: Kids' Favorite Songs 2 (Video)
Big Bird (voice)
 2001 Sesame Street Sports (Video Game)
Big Bird (voice)
 2001 Elmo's World: Birthdays, Games & More! (Video)
Oscar the Grouch (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)
 2000 Sesame Street: Let's Make Music! (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 2000 Elmo's World: Babies, Dogs & More (Video)
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1999 Elmo's Number Journey (Video Game)
Big Bird (voice)
 1999 Sesame Street: CinderElmo (TV Movie)
Big Bird (voice)
 1999 Sesame Street: The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (Video Game)
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1999 The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1999 Sesame Street: Kids' Favorite Songs (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar (voice)
 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: Elmo Through the Looking-Glass (Video Game)
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1998 Elmopalooza! (TV Movie)
Big Bird / 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: Letters (Video Game)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch
 1997 Sesame Street: Fiesta! (Video short)
Oscar (voice)
 1997 Sesame Street: 123 Count with Me (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1997 Sesame Street: Quiet Time (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1997 Sesame Street: Sing Yourself Sillier at the Movies (Video short)
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1997 Sesame Street: Get Up and Dance (Short)
Big Bird / Oscar (voice)
 1996 Kids' Guide to Life: Learning to Share (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1996 Sesame Street: Imagine That! (Video short)
Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1996 Sesame Street: Elmo Saves Christmas (Video)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1996 Sesame Street: Elmocize (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1996 Sesame Street: Get Set to Learn! (Video Game)
Big Bird / Oscar (voice)
 1996 Sesame Street: Do the Alphabet (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1996 Search & Learn Adventures (Video Game)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch
 1995 Sesame Street: Big Bird Sings! (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1995 Sesame Street: Let's Make a Word! (Video Game)
Oscar / Big Bird (voice)
 1994 Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1993 Sesame Street Stays Up Late! (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (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)
 1992 1992 American League Championship Series (TV Series)
Big Bird / Oscar The Grouch
- Game 5 (1992) ... Big Bird / Oscar The Grouch (voice)
 1991 Sesame Street: Numbers (Video Game)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch
 1991 Sesame Street: Start-To-Read- Ernie's Little Lie (Video short)
Big Bird
 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 / Oscar the Grouch / Bruno the Trashman (voice)
 1991 Sesame Street: Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 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 Songs: Rock & Roll (Video short)
Oscar the Grouch / Big Bird
 1990 Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Hospital (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar
 1990 Sesame Street: 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 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 The Best of Ernie and Bert (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1988 Big Bird's Favorite Party Games (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar (voice)
 1988 Magic on Sesame Street (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1988 Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch / Bruno the Trashman (voice)
 1987 Sesame Street: Sing Along (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1987 Sesame Street: Start-To-Read- Ernie's Big Mess (Video short)
Big Bird
 1987 Sesame Street: Start-To-Read- I Want to Go Home (Video short)
Big Bird
 1987 A Muppet Family Christmas (TV Movie)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1987 Kids Like These (TV Movie)
Big Bird (voice)
 1987 Big Bird's Story Time (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar (voice)
 1987 Learning to Add and Subtract (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1986 I'm Glad I'm Me (Video)
Big Bird
 1986 Sesame Street: Learning About Letters (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1986 Sesame Street: Sleepytime Songs & Stories (Video short)
Big Bird (voice)
 1986 Sesame Street: Getting Ready to Read (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
 1986 Sesame Street: 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 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 Five Sesame Street Stories (Video short)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice, uncredited)
 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 Hee Haw (TV Series)
Big Bird
- Episode #13.7 (1981) ... Big Bird
 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)
 1975 Peter Alexander präsentiert Spezialitäten (TV Series)
Big Bird / Oscar
- Episode #1.10 (1975) ... Big Bird / Oscar (uncredited)
 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

He voiced Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for the audio version of Liza Alexander's book "Big Bird Meets the Orchestra" in the "Sesame Street: Learn About Music" series.

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 7 Articles | See more »

Official Sites:

Official Site

Alternate Names:

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

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Spouse:

Debra Spinney  (his death) | See more »
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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:

Was the commencement speaker at Villanova University, in 2004. See more »

Nickname:

Spin

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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