Jim Henson

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Jim Henson
Henson dressed in a suit
Henson at the 1989 Emmy Awards
Born James Maury Henson
(1936-09-24)September 24, 1936
Greenville, Mississippi, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Northwestern High School
Alma mater University of Maryland, College Park
Occupation Puppeteer
Film director
Television producer
Years active 1940–present
Known for Creator of The Muppets
Home town Leland, Mississippi
Board member of Jim Henson Foundation
The Jim Henson Company
Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Spouse(s) Jane Nebel
(1959–86; separated)
Children Lisa Henson (born 1960)
Brian Henson (born 1962)
John Henson (1965-2014)
Parent(s) Paul Ransom Henson
Betty Marcella (née Brown)
Awards Courage Conscience Award
Emmy Award
Disney Legend Award

James Maury "Jim" Henson (September 24, 1936) was an American artist, animator, puppeteer, and television. He was best known for his work with the Muppets, which he helped to create.[1]

Henson's best known puppet is Kermit the Frog. As a puppeteer, Henson performed in various television programs, such as Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, movies such as The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper. He also made puppets for projects like Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth.

Legacy[change | change source]

The Jim Henson Company and the Jim Henson Foundation continued after his death, making new series and specials. Jim Henson's Creature Shop, founded by Henson, also continues to build creatures for a large number of other movies and series (e.g. the science-fiction production Farscape, the movie adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and the movie MirrorMask) and is said to be one of the most advanced and well respected creators of movie creatures.

His son Brian and daughter Lisa are the co-chairs and co-CEOs of the company. His daughter Cheryl is the president of the foundation. Steve Whitmire, a veteran member of the Muppet puppeteering crew, plays the roles of Kermit the Frog and Ernie, the most famous characters formerly played by Jim Henson.[2]

One of Henson's last projects is a show attraction in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. It is called Muppet*Vision 3D. It opened in 1991, shortly after his death.

Tributes[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Schindehette, Susan (June 18, 1990). "Legacy of a Gentle Genius" (reprint). People. Time. pp. 88–96. Retrieved February 24, 2012.  Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  2. Plume, Kenneth (July 19, 1999). "Ratting Out: An Interview with Muppeteer Steve Whitmire". Muppet Central. Retrieved July 11, 2007. 
  3. "Jim Henson Statue & Memorial FAQ". UMD Newsdesk. University of Maryland. July 28, 2004. Retrieved June 19, 2007. 
  4. "''Jim Henson.10/8/2003'' (Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame)". Hostfest.com. October 8, 2003. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  5. Cavna, Michael. "JIM HENSON's MUPPETS: New Google Doodle celebrates late creator's 75th birthday". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 

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