Jerry Nelson: 'Sesame Street' puppeteer
Thursday 30 August 2012
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer behind a menagerie of characters including Count von Count on Sesame Street and Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock, has died at the age of 78. Nelson, who suffered from emphysema, died on 23 August in his Massachusetts home on Cape Cod.
"Every description of his characters describes Jerry as well," said the Sesame Street executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente. "Silly, funny, vulnerable, passionate and musical, for sure. That voice of his was superb." Although Nelson had been in declining health for some time "his attitude was never bad," Parente added. "He was always so grateful for what he had in his life. We're having a rough day on the Street."
In a tribute posted online by the nonprofit Sesame Workshop, Nelson was lauded for his artistry and the "laughter he brought to children worldwide" with the Count and other Muppet puppets including Sherlock Hemlock, Herry Monster and the Amazing Mumford. He was also part of other projects featuring Jim Henson's Muppets, including the 1984 movie The Muppets Take Manhattan and television series including the 1980s Fraggle Rock and 1990s Muppets Tonight.
Nelson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Washington DC. GIs first Muppets job was performing Rowlf the Dog on The Jimmy Dean Show in 1965. In recent years, Nelson gave up the physically demanding job of operating the Count and other puppets on Sesame Street but still voiced the characters, the workshop said. The show's new season launches in the United States in September, and Nelson's voice will be heard. In 2010, he released the album Truro Daydreams, a title that referred to the Massachusetts town.
In pictures: Saturn images from Cassini probe as it prepares to turn lens towards Earth
Serena Williams apologises after comment that rape victim 'shouldn't have put herself in that position'
FBI finds possible human remains at former home of late gangster James Burke - the man who inspired Goodfellas
'Theres something quite unpleasant going on': Nigel Farage confronted for second time on visit to Scotland
World news in pictures
- 1 Bankers could face jail after report urges the Government to introduce new criminal offence for reckless management
- 2 Breaking the Silence: In the reality of occupation, there are no Palestinian civilians – only potential terrorists
- 3 Richard Nieuwenhuizen death: Six teenagers and 50-year-old father convicted of manslaughter in shocking case of referee killed over a game of football
- 4 Exclusive: Newcastle's star talent-spotter on brink as Joe Kinnear sparks walkout
- 5 Vast methane 'plumes' seen in Arctic ocean as sea ice retreats
£500 - £600 per day: Orgtel: FX Options Front Office Java / C# Developer - Ba...
£600 - £700 per day: Orgtel: Project Manager - Front Office - Regulatory IT C...
£33000 - £35000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...
£21000 - £22000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: NQTs required now fo...