was more than a puppeteer – he was a Muppeteer.
Jerry Nelson attends the 2010 AFTRA AMEE Awards at The Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel on February 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for AFTRA)
For more than 40 years, Nelson worked with Jim Henson's Muppets (like many a young puppeteer, Nelson had sought out Henson and the wonderful opportunities his workshop offered). Nelson joined Sesame Street in its second season and went on to perform characters for The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, The Great Muppet Caper, and more. His great singing voice brought life to his musical characters, and even his strictly spoken-word characters had unique and memorable voices.
Jerry Nelson died yesterday, and we're remembering his amazing body of Muppet work by watching a few of his greatest characters.
Sgt. Floyd Pepper
Marjory the Trash Heap
Robin the Frog
Written by Linnea Crowther