Richard Hunt

Born in the Bronx but raised in New Jersey, famous puppeteer Richard Hunt came from a show biz family. After a brief stint doing weather reports at a local radio station, Hunt met Jim Henson, whose Muppets Hunt was a ... Read more »

Filmography

Actor (21)

Sesame Street 1969 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson 1990 - 1991 (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

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

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

Performer

Oxford Blues 1984 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

of Scooter/Statler/Janice/Sweetums Beaker (Voice)

Trading Places 1983 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

of Scotter/Statler/Janice (Voice)

The Muppet Show 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

of Scotter/Statler/Janice/Sweetums Beaker (Voice)
Editor (1)

NFL Stories: Straight From the Heart 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Assistant Editor
Music (1)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

("Movin' Right Along" "Can You Picture That?") (Song Performer)
Physical Effects (1)

The Muppets Go Hollywood 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Puppeteer

Biography

Born in the Bronx but raised in New Jersey, famous puppeteer Richard Hunt came from a show biz family. After a brief stint doing weather reports at a local radio station, Hunt met Jim Henson, whose Muppets Hunt was a big fan of. He initially landed work as a puppeteer on "Sesame Street", where he performed the background Muppets. His work on the highly acclaimed educational children's program earned him two Daytime Emmy awards in 1976 and 1979. Not long after admirably performing Taminella Grinderfall and the monsterous Mupper Sweetums in the classic "Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince", Hunt was brought on to join the crew of "The Muppet Show", where he and Frank Oz traded off handling Miss Piggy, and he voiced Scooter, Janice, and Sweetums, among others. He also worked on another of Henson's classic 1980s puppet shows, "Fraggle Rock", where he performed the trash-heap guarding Junior Gorg. In addition his TV works, Hunt also performed in a number of the Muppet and Sesame Street movies. In addition to his puppeteer and voice work, he also directed several children's home videos, including "Sing-Along, Dance-Along, Do-Along" and "Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game". Sadly, Hunt's career was cut short when he died in early January of 1992 from AIDS-related complications. He was 41 years old.

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