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Also Known As: Died: August 23, 2012
Born: July 10, 1934 Cause of Death: Undetermined
Birth Place: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Profession:

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 It's a Very Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) Jerry Nelson
2.
 Muppets From Space (1999) Voice Of Robin/Statler/Ubergonzo
3.
 Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, The (1999) Voice Of Count/Pestie/Grouch Mayor/Grouch Cop
4.
 Muppet Treasure Island (1996) Blind Pew; Butler; Mad Monty; Statler
5.
 Muppet Christmas Carol, The (1992) Ghost Of Christmas Present; Jacob Marley; Ma Bear; Tiny Tim Cratchit
6.
 Robocop 2 (1990) Darren Thomas
7.
 The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) Voice Of Floyd Pepper/Camilla/Lew Zealand
8.
 Dark Crystal, The (1982) Voice Of Skeksis High Priest--Dying Emperor
9.
 Great Muppet Caper, The (1981) Voice Of Floyd Pepper/Camilla/Lew Zealand
10.
 Muppet Movie, The (1979) Voice Of Floyd Pepper/Crazy Harry/Robin The Frog/Lew Zealand
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Received first puppet, a marionette, at age 12
1963:
Worked as a touring puppeteer for the legendary Bil Baird
1964:
Assisted Baird with a live show sponsored by Chrysler at the New York World┬┐s Fair
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)
1970:
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
1971:
Became first puppeteer to perform Mr. Snuffleupagus on "Sesame Street"
1975:
Voiced the Muppet character Scred on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
1976:
Traveled to England to film Henson's beloved variety series "The Muppet Show" (ITV, Syndicated)
1979:
Reprised many of his "Muppet Show" characters for the "The Muppet Movie"
1981:
Returned to features with "The Great Muppet Caper"; also made cameo in film with daughter Christine
1982:
Voiced several character in the Henson and Oz fantasy adventure "The Dark Crystal"
1983:
Operated Gobo, the leader of the diminutive but industrious Fraggles, and various characters on "Fraggle Rock" (HBO)
1984:
Performed The Count and other characters in "The Muppets Take Manhattan"
1992:
Voiced Ghost of Christmas Present in "The Muppet Christmas Carol"
1996:
Made acting cameo in "Muppet Treasure Island"
1999:
Voiced several characters in "Muppets from Space"
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"
2009:
Released an independent album of original songs titled <i>Truro Daydreams</i>
2011:
Made uncredited voice appearance in "The Muppets" reboot as the telethon announcer
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