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Jerry Nelson, Muppeteer

Published: 8/24/2012

 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)

Jerry Nelson (Getty Images for AFTRA / Bryan Bedder)

Jerry Nelson (July 10, 1934 - Aug. 23, 2012) was more than a puppeteer – he was a Muppeteer.

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.

Nelson died Aug. 23, 2012, and we're remembering his amazing body of Muppet work by watching a few of his greatest characters.

The Count

Sgt. Floyd Pepper

Marjory the Trash Heap

Mr. Snuffleupagus

Robin the Frog

Herry Monster

Written by Linnea Crowther

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