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Caroll Spinney - In Memoriam

Caroll Spinney and Big Bird, early 1970s
Robert Fuhring
Caroll Spinney and Big Bird, early 1970s

  Caroll Spinney, puppeteer, cartoonist, author and speaker most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” from its inception in 1969 until 2018, died on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the age of 85.


In 2016, Joe Donahue spoke with the legendary Muppeteer in advance of a screening of the documentary about Spinney’s career entitled “I am Big Bird.” We share portions of that interview today, in memoriam.


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