Caroll Spinney

For over four decades, Emmy winner Caroll Spinney provided the voice and movement for one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in public and children's television: the affable, unflappable Big Bird on "Sesame ... Read more »
Born: 12/26/1933

Filmography

Actor (27)

Portlandia 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sesame Street 1969 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 (Movie)

Oscar the Grouch (Actor)

Scrubs 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elmo's Christmas Countdown 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sesame Street 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Sesame Street 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sesame Street Unpaved 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland 1999 (Movie)

of Big Bird/Oscar (Voice)

Elmopalooza 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Man 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elmo Saves Christmas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bird in Japan 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sesame Street... 20 and Still Counting 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Muppet Family Christmas 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppets: a Celebration of 30 Years 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird 1985 (Movie)

of Big Bird (Voice)

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

of Big Bird (Voice)

Biography

For over four decades, Emmy winner Caroll Spinney provided the voice and movement for one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in public and children's television: the affable, unflappable Big Bird on "Sesame Street" (PBS, 1969- ). Spinney also played Oscar the Grouch, the trashcan-dwelling misanthrope who was easily Big Bird's diametric opposite on the show. Spinney worked his way up from live puppeteering and local programming to join Jim Henson on the groundbreaking educational series; once there, he transformed Big Bird from a hapless bungler into a gentle guide for young viewers through the complexities of childhood and the adult world. In doing so, the character came to embody not only the hopes and goals of "Sesame Street" itself - to prepare children academically and emotionally for both school and life - but public television as a whole, which frequently used Big Bird as the symbol of its benevolent mission of education and enrichment. Big Bird and Oscar took Spinney across the country and around the globe for various features and television specials, earning him several lifetime achievement awards for his warm and often witty performances. However, no critical acclaim could compare to the love and recognition he received every time he donned the eight-foot yellow suit and became a childhood hero.

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