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Caroll Spinney

December 26, 1933 – December 8, 2019

Puppeteer

For half a century, Caroll Spinney was the alter ego to both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street. His Big Bird had a childlike innocence, sometimes goofy, sometimes subdued, outgoing or shy, like most children a creature of habit and mood. His themes were simple: that it was good to speak up, O.K. to make a mistake, all right to be sad sometimes. His masterful work brought him acclaim and honors including six Daytime Emmys, two Grammys, a Library of Congress Living Legend Award in 2000 and a Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2006.

“I always thought, ‘How fortunate for me that I got to play the two best Muppets.’ Playing Big Bird is one of the most joyous things of my life.” - Caroll Spinney

Submitted by our members in 2020.