Jerry Nelson

A key figure in Jim Henson's team of Muppeteers, Jerry Nelson delighted children for over four decades as such beloved characters as Count von Count, Sherlock Hemlock, The Amazing Mumford, Lew Zealand, Emmet Otter and ... Read more »
Born: 07/10/1934 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (28)

Sesame Street 1969 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

of Robin/Statler/Ubergonzo (Voice)

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland 1999 (Movie)

of Count/Pestie/Grouch Mayor/Grouch Cop (Voice)

Elmo Saves Christmas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Muppet Treasure Island 1996 (Movie)

Butler (Actor)

Muppets Tonight 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 (Movie)

Jacob Marley (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

Robocop 2 1990 (Movie)

Darren Thomas (Actor)

The Muppets at Walt Disney World 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Jim Henson Hour 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Muppet Family Christmas 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Voice

Fraggle Rock 1982 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Voice

Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Voice

Down at Fraggle Rock... Behind the Scenes 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Christmas Toy 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Voice

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

Voice

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

of Floyd Pepper/Camilla/Lew Zealand (Voice)

The Dark Crystal 1982 (Movie)

of Skeksis High Priest--Dying Emperor (Voice)

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

of Floyd Pepper/Camilla/Lew Zealand (Voice)

The Muppet Show 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

of Floyd Pepper/Crazy Harry/Robin the Frog/Lew Zealand (Voice)
Physical Effects (9)

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

Puppeteer

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

Puppeteer

Elmo's Magic Cookbook 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Puppeteer

Sesame Street 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Puppeteer

Jim Henson's The Secret Life of Toys 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Puppets Design

Holiday Greetings From the Ed Sullivan Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Puppets Design

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

Muppet performer (Puppets Design)

The Muppets Go Hollywood 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Puppeteer
Editor (1)

Born in East L.A. 1987 (Movie)

(Assistant Editor)

Biography

A key figure in Jim Henson's team of Muppeteers, Jerry Nelson delighted children for over four decades as such beloved characters as Count von Count, Sherlock Hemlock, The Amazing Mumford, Lew Zealand, Emmet Otter and dozens of other in such critically acclaimed series and features as "Sesame Street" (PBS, 1969- ), "The Muppet Show" (ITV/syndicated, 1976-1981), "The Muppet Movie" (1979) and "Fraggle Rock" (HBO, 1983-87). Nelson's versatile voice could give life to virtually any character, from the sweetly number-obsessed Count and the babbling, combative Two-Headed Monster, which he performed with frequent collaborator Richard Hunt, to a host of animals, humans, monsters and even inanimate objects, all of whom displayed unique personalities and impeccable comic timing. Nelson handled Muppets great and small to every Henson-produced project from "The Muppet Show" until 2002, when health complications forced him to scale back his involvement. However, he and his vast menagerie of characters remained not only television favorites but also lifelong friends to millions of children and adults, which was surely the highest compliment paid to a puppeteer.

Milestones

2011

Made uncredited voice appearance in "The Muppets" reboot as the telethon announcer

2009

Released an independent album of original songs titled Truro Daydreams

2004

Announced he was limiting day-to-day involvement with the Muppet franchise due to health issues; continued to provide the voice of the Count and Amazing Mumford on "Sesame Street"

1999

Voiced several characters in "Muppets from Space"

1996

Made acting cameo in "Muppet Treasure Island"

1992

Voiced Ghost of Christmas Present in "The Muppet Christmas Carol"

1984

Performed The Count and other characters in "The Muppets Take Manhattan"

1983

Operated Gobo, the leader of the diminutive but industrious Fraggles, and various characters on "Fraggle Rock" (HBO)

1982

Voiced several character in the Henson and Oz fantasy adventure "The Dark Crystal"

1981

Returned to features with "The Great Muppet Caper"; also made cameo in film with daughter Christine

1979

Reprised many of his "Muppet Show" characters for the "The Muppet Movie"

1976

Traveled to England to film Henson's beloved variety series "The Muppet Show" (ITV, Syndicated)

1975

Voiced the Muppet character Scred on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

1970

Became first puppeteer to perform Mr. Snuffleupagus on "Sesame Street"

1969

Joined Henson and Oz as one of the key Muppeteers for educational program "Sesame Street" (PBS); brought to life Sherlock Hemlock, the Amazing Mumford, Herry Monster, and his most popular character Count von Count

1965

Landed first job with Jim Henson, as a replacement for Frank Oz in operating the right hand of Rowlf the Dog on "The Jimmy Dean Show" (ABC)

1964

Assisted Baird with a live show sponsored by Chrysler at the New York World’s Fair

1963

Worked as a touring puppeteer for the legendary Bil Baird

Received first puppet, a marionette, at age 12

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