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List of Famous Puppeteers

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List of famous puppeteers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top puppeteers in the world? This includes the most prominent puppeteers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable puppeteers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic puppeteers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned puppeteers.

This list has everything from Jim Henson to Jason Segel.

From reputable, prominent, and well known puppeteers to the lesser known puppeteers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the puppeteer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous puppeteers ever?" and "What are the names of famous puppeteers?" then you're in the right place. (257 items)
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    Jason Segel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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    Jason Jordan Segel is an American actor, comedian, and screenwriter. He is best known for his role as Marshall Eriksen in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, as well as for his work with producer Judd Apatow on the television series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. Segel has also starred in several ...more

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    • Age: 35
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: How I Met Your Mother, Despicable Me, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets
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    James Maury "Jim" Henson was an American puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, actor, film director, and producer. Born in Greenville, Mississippi, and raised in Leland, Mississippi, and Hyattsville, Maryland, he began developing puppets while attending high school. While he was a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1936-1990)
    • Birthplace: Greenville, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, The Muppets
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    Shari Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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    Sonia Phyllis Hurwitz better known as Shari Lewis was an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, and children's entertainer and television show host. She was best known as the original puppeteer of sock puppet Lamb Chop, first appearing on Hi Mom, a local morning show that aired on WRCA-TV in New York City.more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1933-1998)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Ventriloquist, Author, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Lamb Chop's Play-Along, Arabian Knights, Lamb Chop In The Haunted Studio, Eat Me!, The Shari Lewis Collection, + more
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    Frank Oz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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    Frank Oz is an English-born American puppeteer, actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his puppeteering work, where he performed the Muppet characters of Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear in The Muppet Show, and Cookie Monster, Bert, and Grover in Sesame Street. His work as a ...more

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    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Hereford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director, Puppeteer
    • Credits: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
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    Brad Garrett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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    Brad Garrett is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He has appeared in numerous television and film roles. Garrett was initially successful as a stand-up comedian in the early 1980s. Taking advantage of that success in the late 1980s, Garrett began appearing in television and film, in minor and ...more

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    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Poker Player, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting, Stand-up comedian
    • Credits: Everybody Loves Raymond, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, 'Til Death
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    Kermit Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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    Kermit Love was an American puppeteer, costume designer, and actor in children's television and on Broadway. He was best known as a designer and builder with the Muppets, in particular those on Sesame Street. more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1916-2008)
    • Birthplace: Spring Lake, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Costume Designer, Puppeteer
    • Credits: The Great Space Coaster
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    John Tartaglia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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    Jonathan Nicholas "John" Tartaglia is an American puppeteer, actor, singer, dancer, voice artist, and comedian. more

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    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: Maple Shade, New Jersey, USA
    • Profession: Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Singer, Dancer, + more
    • Credits: Play with Me Sesame, Johnny and the Sprites, Elmo Saves Christmas, Animal Jam, Elmo Loves You!, + more
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    Stan Freberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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    Stan Freberg was an American author, recording artist, animation voice actor, comedian, radio personality, puppeteer and advertising creative director, whose career began in 1944. He remained active in the industry into his late 80s, more than 70 years after entering it. His best-known works include ...more

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    • Age: 89
    • Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Author, Radio personality, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Lady and the Tramp, The Bugs Bunny Show, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Stuart Little, The Looney Tunes Show, + more
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