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 / 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 / Tony / Jester / Kermit / Additional Anything Muppets / Baker / Blue Martian / Boy / Cowboy / Roberta / Spaceship Surprise Captain / The King of Eight / Barry Rhymie / City Hipster / Father / Frances's Last Line / Juggler / Lance / Mahna Mahna / Salvador Dada / The King / Bartender / Ben / Blue Man / Boater / 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 Alien / Lavender Vocalist / Mailman / Mr. Nose / Pokey / Prime Minister / Prince Charming / Rowlf the Dog / Royal Cook / Store Clerk / Additional Muppets / Baby Monster / Beginning / Bip Bipadotta / Blue Victim / Blue Villager / Bruce / Captain / Casanova / Court Jester / Dan / Fred the Monster / Frog / Garbageman / Geefle / George Washington / Goldfish / Green Monster / Guitarist / Head Cheerleader / Janitor / King Peter the Persnickety / King Richard the Chicken-Hearted / King of 8 / Lavender Cowboy / Lavender Singer / Lead Singer 'Listen to the Bells' / Lead Singer 'One Banana' / Lead Singer 'Street Garden Cooperation' / Marvin / Maurice / Mr. Essex / Nature Lover / Nose / Officer Stan / Royal Fireman / Sam the Snake / Sammy the Snake / Scudge / Sneaky / Stagehand / The Young Son / Zizzy Zoomer #1 / Anything Muppet / Attendant / Baker (segment "Song of Two") / Banker / Baritone / Beatnik / Billy / Bip BIppadotta / Bip Bippadota / Blue Cheerleader / Blue Guy / Blue J Friend / Bread / Bruce Monster / Bus Driver / Carpenter / City Man / Clerk / Diver / Doc / Drippy / Elmo Mondiporg / Employer / Fat Blue Dentist / Fat Blue King / Fat Blue Man / 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 / Green Man 'Exercise' / Grocer / Harold Happy / Harry / Henry / Herry Monster / Hipster / Jack / Juggler (on-camera) / King / King Gerry the Generous / King of Eight / Lead Singer'Listen to the Bells' / Lefty / Little Bird / Lord Lester / Lost and Found Clerk / Man / Marshal McClean / Marvin (music store owner) / Monsters / Motorperson / Moving Man / Mr. Jenkins / Newsdealer / Orange Gold Subject / Pat Playjacks / Pedestrian / Postman / Purple Boy / Purple Monster / Rancher Ernie / Royal Bass Player / Sam / Sheldon the Turtle / Short Branch Cafe Bartender / Soldier / Sonny Friendly / Storekeeper / 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)

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 2020 The Disney Family Singalong Volume 2 (TV Special) (lyrics: "The Muppet Show Theme")
 2020 Prop Culture (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Muppet Movie (2020) ... (performer: "Movin' Right Along", "Rainbow Connection" - uncredited)
 2017 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Avalanche (2017) ... (writer: "Fraggle Rock Theme" - uncredited)
 2017 Muppet Guys Talking (Documentary) (writer: "The Muppet Show Theme")
 2015 Atop the Fourth Wall (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Atomic Robo, vol. 3 (2015) ... (performer: "Moving Right Along")
 2014 Hollywood in Vienna (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Hollywood in Vienna 2014: Comedy Tonight (2014) ... (music: "The Muppet Show Theme")
 2014 Muppets Most Wanted (performer: "Rainbow Connection") / (writer: "The Muppet Show Theme")
 2011 The Muppets (writer: "The Muppet Show Theme")
 2011 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #19.203 (2011) ... (lyrics: "Theme from 'The Muppet Show'" - uncredited)
 2011 OK Go & The Muppets: Muppet Show Theme Song (Video short) (writer: "Muppet Show Theme Song")
 2011 Pastor Mike Online (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2011) ... (lyrics: "The Muppet Show Theme" - uncredited)
 2010 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- All Time Favourite TV Themes (2010) ... (writer: "The Muppet Show Theme")
 2009 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Round Ten: Final Results (2009) ... (lyrics: "The Muppet Show Theme" - uncredited)
- Round Two (2009) ... (lyrics: "The Muppet Show Theme" - uncredited)
 2009 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Seth Rogen/Phoenix (2009) ... (writer: "The Muppet Show Theme" - uncredited)
 2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (writer: "The Muppet Show Theme")
 2005 Filthy Gorgeous: The Trannyshack Story (Documentary) (lyrics: "The Muppet Show Theme")
 2000 Muppet Monster Adventure (Video Game) (music: "The Muppet Show Theme" - uncredited)
  Sesame Street (TV Series) (performer - 19 episodes, 1969 - 1999) (lyrics - 2 episodes, 1984 - 1993) (music - 1 episode, 1993)
- Prairie Gets in Touch with Her Inner Monster (1999) ... (performer: "Imagine That!")
- Oscar Turns Into Prince Charming (1993) ... (lyrics: "The Queen Of Six") / (music: "The Queen Of Six")
- Racism on Sesame Street (1993) ... (performer: "Bein' Green")
- Ruthie Dances (1993) ... (performer: "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon", "Do-Op Hop")
- Telly Plays the Triangle (1993) ... (performer: "Caribbean Amphibian")
 1998 Sesame Street: The Great Numbers Game (Video short) (writer: "The King of Eight")
 1993 Sesame Songs: Sing-Along Earth Songs (Video short) (performer: "Air" (1988), "On My Pond" (1986), "Little Plant" (1985) - uncredited)
 1992 Die Hausmeisterin (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Möglich ist alles... (1992) ... (lyrics: "The Muppet Show Theme" - uncredited)
 1991 Sesame Street: Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game (Video short) (performer: "I Love My Elbows", "One Fine Face")
 1990 Three Men and a Little Lady (performer: "Rubber Duckie")
 1990 Sesame Street: Sing Yourself Silly! (Video short) (performer: "The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree" (1983), "One Banana" (1983), "Put Down the Duckie" (1986) - uncredited)
 1988 Count It Higher: Great Music Videos from Sesame Street (Video short) (performer: "Doo Wop, Hop", "Do De Rubber Duck", "Do-Op Hop")
 1988 The Best of Ernie and Bert (Video short) (performer: "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon", "That's What Friends Are For")
 1988 Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie (TV Movie) (performer: "Put Down the Duckie")
 1987 Sesame Street: Sing Along (Video short) (performer: "Rubber Duckie" - uncredited)
 1987 Dolly (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... (performer: "Everyday People" - as Kermit the Frog)
 1983-1987 Fraggle Rock (TV Series) (performer - 6 episodes)
- The Honk of Honks (1987) ... (performer: "Let Me Be Your Song")
- Junior Faces the Music (1986) ... (performer: "Ball of Fire", "Ball of Fire (Reprise)")
- The Secret of Convincing John (1984) ... (performer: "The Clown Concerto", "A Tiger and a Terror", "Choose-Right (Up-Tight Move-Now) Blues")
- Mokey and the Minstrels (1984) ... (performer: "Music Makes Us Real (Ping!)", "Lose Your Heart (And it's Found)")
- The Minstrels (1983) ... (performer: "Let Me Be Your Song", "Our Melody")
 1986 I'm Glad I'm Me (Video) (performer: "Bein' Green" (1970))
 1986 Sesame Street: Learning About Letters (Video short) (performer: "La La La" - uncredited)
 1986 Sesame Street: Sleepytime Songs & Stories (Video short) (performer: "Dance Myself to Sleep" (1981), "Imagination" (1972) - uncredited)
 1986 The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (TV Movie) (lyrics: "The Muppet Show Theme") / (performer: "The Rainbow Connection", "Happy Feet", "Rubber Ducky", "It's Not Easy Being Green", "Mahna Mahna")
 1985 Muppet Video: Muppet Moments (Video) (performer: "Sax & Violence")
 1985 Follow That Bird (performer: "Upside Down World")
 1984 The Muppets Take Manhattan (performer: "Together Again", "You Can't Take No for an Answer", "Saying Goodbye", "I'm Gonna Always Love You", "William Tell Overture", "Right Where I Belong", "Somebody's Getting Married", "Waiting for the Wedding", "He'll Make Me Happy", "The Ceremony", "Saying Goodbye / Together Again (Closing Medley)")
 1983 Happy Birthday, Bob! (TV Special) (performer: "Just the Way You Are")
 1983 Rocky Mountain Holiday with John Denver and the Muppets (TV Special) (performer: "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" (uncredited), "Home on the Range" (uncredited), "Grandma's Feather Bed" (uncredited), "It's in Every One of Us" (uncredited), "Hey Old Pal" (uncredited), "Going Camping", "Take 'Em Away")
 1962-1982 The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) (performer - 4,145 episodes)
- Maya Angelou (1982) ... (performer: "You And I And George")
- Episode #19.13 (1981) ... (performer: "You And I And George")
- Episode #18.219 (1981) ... (performer: "You And I And George")
- Episode #18.198 (1981) ... (performer: "You And I And George")
- Dolly Parton, Lee Remick, Gloria Swanson (1980) ... (performer: "You And I And George")
 1981 The Great Muppet Caper (performer: "Hey a Movie!", "Happiness Hotel", "Steppin' Out With A Star", "Night Life", "The First Time It Happens", "Couldn't We Ride", "Piggy's Fantasy (Miss Piggy)", "Finale: Hey A Movie! / The First Time It Happens")
  The Muppet Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 120 episodes, 1976 - 1981) (performer - 96 episodes, 1976 - 1981) (writer - 1 episode, 1977)
- Buddy Rich (1981) ... (lyrics: "The Muppet Show Theme")
- Chris Langham (1981) ... (lyrics: "The Muppet Show Theme")
- Debbie Harry (1981) ... (lyrics: "The Muppet Show Theme") / (performer: "For Me and My Goyle", "Rainbow Connection" - uncredited)
- Wally Boag (1981) ... (lyrics: "The Muppet Show Theme") / (performer: "Danny Boy", "Pecos Bill" - uncredited)
- Gene Kelly (1981) ... (lyrics: "The Muppet Show Theme") / (performer: "Frère Jacques/The Worry Song" - uncredited)
 1980 The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (performer: "The Rainbow Connection" - as Kermit the Frog)
 1979 John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (TV Special) (performer: "The Twelve Days of Christmas", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Christmas Is Coming", "Little Saint Nick", "The Christmas Wish", "It's in Every One of Us", "Silent Night/Stille Nacht", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" - uncredited)
 1979 The Muppet Movie (performer: "Rainbow Connection", "Movin' Right Along", "Can You Picture That", "I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along", "Finale: The Magic Store")
 1975-1979 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #16.114 (1979) ... (performer: "Bein' Green" - as Kermit the Frog, uncredited)
- Episode dated 18 March 1975 (1975) ... (performer: "Love Ya to Death")
 1978 Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (TV Movie) (performer: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas")
 1967-1969 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #21.5 (1967) ... (performer: "Friendship")
 1963-1964 The Jimmy Dean Show (TV Series) (performer - 5 episodes)
- Episode #1.25 (1964) ... (performer: "I'll Always Be a Buddy to You" - uncredited)
- Eddy Arnold, Gwen Verdon, Roger Price, Allan Sherman, Molly Bee (1963) ... (performer: "Mention My Name in Sheboygan", "Song and Dance Man" - uncredited)
- Maureen O'Hara, Bronwyn FitzSimons, Professor Backwards (1963) ... (performer: "Song and Dance Man", "Swinging on a Star" - uncredited)
- Rosemary Clooney, Jo Stafford, Al Hirt, Don Adams, Jackie Mason, Elston Howard (1963) ... (performer: "Then I'll Be Happy" - uncredited)
- Jack E. Leonard, The McGuire Sisters (1963) ... (performer: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 1961 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) (performer: "You And I And George")
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Other Works:

1960: Wrote & illustrated a children's book featuring Kermit the Frog called "Watermelons I Don't Know". It was never published. 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 think there are lots of ways of leading very good lives and growing spiritually. This process of growth goes on whether we believe in it or not. See more »

Trivia:

Once said his earliest artistic influence was his grandmother, Dear. She taught him to value and appreciate everything he saw around him. See more »

Trademark:

Characters include: Kermit, Ernie, Swedish Chef, Rowlf the Dog See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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