Jim Henson

Director, Producer, Puppeteer
As creator of The Muppets, those loveable fuzzy creatures that entertained millions of kids and adults for decades, Jim Henson was a true mastermind whose vision made many a childhood that much more memorable. With the ... Read more »
Born: 09/24/1936 in Leland, Mississippi, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

Sesame Street 1969 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

Free to Be... a Family 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Voice

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

Actor

The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jim Henson Hour 1982 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Muppet Family Christmas 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Voice

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Memories Then & Now 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Voice

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Christmas Toy 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Voice

San Francisco Ballet in Cinderella 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Voice

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Man on Phone (Actor)

Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird 1985 (Movie)

of Ernie (Voice)

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

of Kermit the Frog/Rowlf/Dr Teeth/Swedish Chef/Waldorf (Voice)

The Dark Crystal 1982 (Movie)

Jen (Actor)

An American Werewolf in London 1981 (Movie)

of Kermit the Frog (Voice)

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

of Kermit the Frog/Rowlf/Dr Teeth/Waldorf (Voice)

The Muppet Show 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

of Kermit the Frog/Rowlf/Dr Teeth/Waldorf (Voice)

Tales From Muppetland 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Voice

Frog Prince (TV Show)

Actor

Timepiece (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (19)

Daedalus & Icarus 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Orpheus & Eurydice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perseus & the Gorgon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Theseus & the Minotaur 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jim Henson's Muppet Babies 1984 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jim Henson's Ghost of Faffner Hall 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Witches 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Story Short 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Fearnot 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Luck Child 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hans My Hedgehog 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Puppetman 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Dark Crystal 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Muppets Go Hollywood 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Producer

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

Time Piece 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Three Ravens (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Timepiece (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (8)

Fraggle Rock 1982 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

Labyrinth 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

The Dark Crystal 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cube (TV Show)

Director

The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (TV Show)

Director

Timepiece (Movie)

(Director)
Music (4)

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

("The Muppet Show Theme") (Song)

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

("The Muppet Show Theme") (Song)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 (Movie)

("The Muppet Show Theme") (Song)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

("The Rainbow Connnection" "Movin' Right Along" "Can You Picture That?" "Something Better" "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday") (Song Performer)
Writer (4)

Turkey Hollow 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Source Material

Jim Henson's Dog City 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)

Creator

Labyrinth 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Dark Crystal 1982 (Movie)

(From Story)
Physical Effects (2)

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

Muppet performer (Puppets Design)
Other (2)

Hull High 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Assistant

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

As creator of The Muppets, those loveable fuzzy creatures that entertained millions of kids and adults for decades, Jim Henson was a true mastermind whose vision made many a childhood that much more memorable. With the creation of both "Sesame Street" and "The Muppet Show," among many other puppet-laden ventures, his iconic television programs and films managed to appeal to the kid in everyone. The quiet, unassuming puppeteer-producer-writer introduced an engaging cast of characters, innovative ideas, and a sense of timing and humor never before seen with puppets. He was also widely acknowledged on all fronts - professional, personal and familial - for an ongoing vision of faith, friendship, magic and love, which was infused in nearly all of his work. Even after his tragic and untimely death in 1990, those left behind would carry on this message, insuring that - much like Walt Disney - the name "Jim Henson" would continue to conjure up warm memories of Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch and Bert and Ernie for generations to come.

Relationships

Jane Henson Actor

Wife
Met while attending the University of Maryland; worked together on locally aired "Sam and Friends" Married May 28, 1959 Separated 1986, but remained close until his death May 16, 1990

Lisa Henson Producer

Daughter
Born May 9, 1960; mother, Jane Henson; co-chairman and co-CEO of The Jim Henson Company

Paul Henson

Father
Worked for U.S. Department of Agriculture

Brian Henson Executive Producer

Son
Born Nov. 3, 1963; mother, Jane Henson; appointed president of Jim Henson Productions January 1991

Elizabeth Henson

Mother

Cheryl Henson Actor

Daughter
Born 1961; mother, Jane Henson; associated with Jim Henson Productions and president of Jim Henson Foundation

Paul Henson

Brother

Heather Henson Actor

Daughter
Born Dec. 19, 1970; mother, Jane Henson

John Henson Puppet Performer

Son
Born April 25, 1965; mother, Jane Henson

EDUCATION

University of Maryland

College Park , Maryland 1960

Northwestern High School

Hyattsville , Maryland

Milestones

2011

Credited for the characters featured in "The Muppets," starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams

1991

Credited for the idea of the ABC TV series "Dinosaurs"

1990

Final project before his death was the NBC televison special "The Muppets at Walt Disney World"

1989

Returned to television with the short-lived series "The Jim Henson Hour" (NBC)

1988

Created the short-lived primetime series "The Storyteller"

1986

Directed the fantasy film "Labyrinth," starring David Bowie and produced by George Lucas

1984

Created the animated series "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies" for CBS

1984

Produced the Frank Oz directed "The Muppets Take Manhattan"

1983

Returned to creating children's programming with the HBO series "Fraggle Rock"

1982

Co-directed the darker themed fantasy film "The Dark Crystal" with Frank Oz; also co-wrote

1982

Founded the Jim Henson Foundation to promote and develop the art of puppetry in the U.S.

1981

Directed first feature "The Great Muppet Caper"

1980

Collaborated with make-up artist Stuart Freeborn and puppeteer Frank Oz in the creation of Jedi Master Yoda for the Star Wars film "The Empire Strikes Back"

1979

Produced first feature starring his beloved characters, "The Muppet Movie"; also featured the Academy Award nominated song "The Rainbow Connection," sung by Henson as Kermit

1976

Created the syndicated primetime series "The Muppet Show," which introduced the memorable characters Miss Piggy, Gonzo the Great, and Fozzie Bear

1975

Produced a series of sketches on the first season of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

1969

Directed "Tales From Muppetland," a short series of TV movie specials hosted by Kermit the Frog

1968

Produced and directed "The Cube," an hour-long teleplay that aired on NBC's weekly anthology television show "NBC Experiment in Television"

1968

Began working with the Children's Television Workshop to create several characters, such as Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster and Big Bird, for the PBS show "Sesame Street"

1966

Produced the nine-minute short-film "Time Piece"; earned an Academy Award nomination

1964

Created Rowlf, a piano-playing anthropomorphic dog, who began making regular appearances on "The Jimmy Dean Show" (ABC)

1963

Moved with wife to New York City and formed Muppets, Inc.

1963

Began working with longtime collaborator Frank Oz, when he was hired to replace Henson’s wife when she quit muppeteering to raise their children

1955

Co-created (with future wife Jane) "Sam and Friends," a live-action puppet show for WRC-TV, a local station in Washington, D.C.; the show included a primitive version of what would become Kermit the Frog

While attending high school, he began working for WTOP-TV creating puppets for a Saturday morning children's show

Traveled through Europe for several months, where he was inspired by European puppeteers

Bonus Trivia

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He founded the Jim Henson Foundation to promote and develop puppetry in the U.S.

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Henson was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Henson's hometown of Leland, MS opened a mini-museum dedicated to Henson and the Muppets in 1991.

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He was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991. Henson was also honored as Kermit the Frog on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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On Feb. 17, 2004, it was announced that the Muppets (excluding the "Sesame Street" characters, which were separately owned by Sesame Workshop) and the "Bear in the Big Blue House" properties had been sold by Henson's heirs to The Walt Disney Company. The Jim Henson Company retained the Creature Shop, as well as the rest of its film and television library including "Fraggle Rock," "Farscape," "The Dark Crystal," and "Labyrinth."

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