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Caroll Spinney, ‘Sesame Street’ puppeteer who brought Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life, has died at age 85

Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on Sesame Street, died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop.

The Sesame Workshop said in a statement that the legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions.

Spinney voiced and operated the two major Muppets from their inception in 1969 when he was 36, and performed them almost exclusively into his 80s on the PBS kids’ television show that later moved to HBO.

His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger than-life yellow bird who broughtjoy
to countless fans of all ages around the world, and his lovably cantankerous
grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while.

In these characters, Carole Spinney gave something truly special to the world. With
deepest admiration, Sesame Workshop is proud to carry his legacy – and
his beloved characters – into the future.



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