Caroll Spinney, one of the original puppeteers who created “Sesame Street” along with Jim Henson, is officially retiring.
84-year-old Spinney said Thursday will be his last time shooting the iconic children’s show, where he has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969.
Long-time puppeteer Caroll Spinney has announced that he is stepping down from the roles of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Spinney is pleased that his iconic roles will be carried on by puppeteers Matt Vogel and Eric Jacobson. Learn more: https://t.co/BALgkIPI5q pic.twitter.com/sGMDjqLklQ
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He says the roles “Have given me great joy, led me to my true calling and created a lifetime of memories that I will cherish forever.” Spinney actually stopped wearing the Big Bird suit a few years back, after he began to have problems with his balance. He continued to provide the voices for both characters.
“Sesame Street” has already chosen new puppeteers to take over Spinney’s roles. Matt Vogel, who also plays Kermit the Frog, will take over as Big Bird. Eric Jacobson will be the new Oscar the Grouch.