Bill Barretta

One of the leading puppet performers in the industry, Bill Barretta is best known for his work with the Jim Henson Company. Barretta first began work as a carpenter and while employed at Sesame Place, he met Brian ... Read more »
Born: 06/19/1964

Filmography

Actor (14)

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

Pepe The King Prawn/Rowlf The Dog/Dr. Teeth/The Swedish Chef/Bobo The Bear/Big Mean Carl/Baby Boss/Carlo Flamingo/Leprechaun Security Guard (Voice)

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

Swedish Chef/Rowlf/Dr. Teeth/Pepe the Prawn/Bobo/Fozzie Moopet (Voice)

Studio DC: Almost Live 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

When Parents Are Deployed 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Kermit's Swamp Years 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

of Pepe The Prawn/Bobo As Rentro /Bubba The Rat/Johnny Fiama/Cosmic Fish No 2 (Voice)

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland 1999 (Movie)

Additional Muppet Performer (Actor)

Jim Henson's Animal Show 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Muppet Treasure Island 1996 (Movie)

Clueless Morgan (Actor)

Muppets Tonight 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in the First 1995 (Movie)

Man on the Street No 6 (Actor)

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (TV Show)

Actor
Physical Effects (4)

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

Puppeteer Captain(Muppet Workshop) (Puppeteer)

BRATS of the Lost Nebula 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Puppeteer

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

puppeteer co-captain(muppet floor crew) (Puppeteer)
Producer (3)

The Muppets 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

One of the leading puppet performers in the industry, Bill Barretta is best known for his work with the Jim Henson Company. Barretta first began work as a carpenter and while employed at Sesame Place, he met Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson, who encouraged him to work professionally as an actor. Barretta trained at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, leading to small roles in the courtroom drama "Murder in the First" and the ape movie "Born to Be Wild". His first big break came performing as the body of prehistoric patriarch Earl Sinclair on the puppet series "Dinosaurs", produced by Henson. Barretta transitioned to assisting and supporting roles in "The Animal Show" and playing multiple small roles in "Muppet Classic Theater"; he made his film debut as a principal performer playing pirate/goat Clueless Morgan in "Muppet Treasure Island". While working on "Muppets Tonight" he developed new characters such as Sinatra-esque crooner Johnny Fiama and ursine security guard Bobo the Bear. Later, Barretta took over several of Jim Henson's roles--most notably, the Swedish Chef. Barretta put on his producer hat with the television movies "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie" and "The Muppets Wizard of Oz".

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