Legendary Sesame Street Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Dead at 85

Caroll Spinney, the man behind many beloved Sesame Street characters like Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch died today at the age of 85. He joined Sesame Street at the beginning in 1969 and was a part of the Sesame Street family for decades. He died at his home after living with Dystonia.

Caroll SpinneyFor five decades, Spinney portrayed the 8 foot 2-inch yellow bird and the grouchy Muppet that lived in a garbage can. With these characters, he taught children about how two characters could be so different and still be loved.

Sesame Street co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney said, “Caroll Spinney’s contributions to Sesame Street are countless. He not only gave us Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, he gave so much of himself as well. We at Sesame Workshop mourn his passing and feel an immense gratitude for all he has given to Sesame Street and to children around the world.”

Throughout his career at Sesame Street and the Sesame Workshop, he was mentored by Jim Henson, performed in China with Bob Hope, performed at the White House, with the Rockettes, appeared in films, on albums, and appeared on other programs as well. He also would conduct orchestras and perform with them as Big Bird. With Spinney bringing him to life, Big Bird also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.

Caroll Spinney died at his home in Woodstock, Conn. He is survived by his wife, Debra, and their children and grandchildren.

Book your next Disney trip through DAPS MAGIC’s travel partner Mouseways Travel! Let Mouseways focus on the details so you can focus on enjoying the magic! Book your next Disney trip at
MOUSEWAYS.COM/DAPSMAGIC today! 

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest

Share your thoughts and comment!

Mr. DAPs

Mr. DAPs

Hi, I'm Mr. DAPs, the Founder, and Editor in Chief of DAPS MAGIC! I can be regularly found at Disneyland with my hat and bow tie taking pictures and simply enjoying the Happiest Place on Earth. I'm also the weekly host of GEEKS CORNER and your Disney reporter for DISNEY REPORTER on DAPS MAGIC's YouTube channel. I am also now honored to announced that I'm a Brand Ambassador with Her Universe! Find me on Twitter and Instagram. as I'd love to connect with you. Make sure and say hi!

SUBSCRIBE TO DAPS MAGIC TODAY!

DAPS MAGIC YOUTUBE

MOUSEWAYS TRAVEL

GEEKS CORNER PODCAST

POPULAR POSTS

Top Posts & Pages
Disneyland Resort Announces More Details About "Magic Key Celebration Month"
The History of the Candlelight Ceremony at Disneyland
Encanto's Mirabel Arrives at Disney California Adventure to Meet Guests
New LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Trailer Released as Launch Date is Announced
Disney, ESPN, and NFL Announce Long-Term Deal That Includes Super Bowls
Knott's Peanuts Celebration Brings the Party Back!
Disneyland Resort to Host ESPN Super Bowl LVI Week Coverage
Lunar New Year is Full of Characters at Disney California Adventure with Raya, Mulan, and More!