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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 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: age 35
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: How I Met Your Mother, Freaks and Geeks, Despicable Me, Knocked Up, This Is the End, + more
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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, USA
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Labyrinth, The Muppet Movie, The Dark Crystal, The Muppets, Sesame Street, + more
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    Shari Lewis
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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 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: age 71
    • Birthplace: Hereford, England
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director, Puppeteer
    • Credits: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Blues Brothers, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, + more
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    Brad Garrett
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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: age 55
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California, Woodland Hills
    • Profession: Professional Poker Player, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting, Stand-up comedian
    • Credits: Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Tangled, A Bug's Life, Everybody Loves Raymond, + more
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    Kermit Love
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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
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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: age 37
    • Birthplace: Maple Shade, New Jersey, United States of America
    • 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
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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: age 89
    • Birthplace: USA, Pasadena, California
    • 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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    Allan Trautman is an actor and puppeteer. He is originally from Brooklyn, New York. Trautman has a B.A. in Physics and Drama from Washington University in St. Louis. He had his first job as a puppeteer during college working on "The Letter People". He also has an MFA in Acting from California Institute ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Television director, Actor, Voice acting, Puppeteer
    • Credits: Return of the Living Dead Part II, Intolerable Cruelty, Muppets from Space, Unhappily Ever After, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, + more
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    Ronnie Burkett is a Canadian puppeteer, best known for his original theatrical plays for adults, performed with marionettes. Burkett, who hails from Lethbridge, was the puppeteer for Ralph on the TV Ontario series Harriet's Magic Hats during seasons three and four. After winning a regional Emmy Award in ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Lethbridge, Canada
    • Profession: Writer, Puppeteer
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    Bob Clampett
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    Robert Emerson "Bob" Clampett was an American animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes animated series from Warner Bros., and the television shows Time for Beany and Beany and Cecil. Clampett was born and raised not far from Hollywood, and early on ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1913-1984)
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Animator, + more
    • Credits: The Looney Tunes Show, Beany and Cecil, Tweetie Pie, A Tale of Two Kitties, Falling Hare, + more
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    Phillip Roger Vischer is an American animator, puppeteer, writer, voice actor and songwriter known for creating the computer-animated video series VeggieTales alongside Mike Nawrocki. He provides the voice of Bob the Tomato in the series.more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Muscatine, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie, The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie, VeggieTales, Rack, Shack, + more
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    Brian Henson
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    Brian Henson is an American puppeteer, director, producer, and the chairman of The Jim Henson Company. The son of puppeteers Jim and Jane Henson, Brian was born in New York City.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Performer, Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Labyrinth, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Return to Oz, Muppet Treasure Island, Farscape, + more
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    Christine Keiko Agena is an American actress known professionally as Keiko Agena.more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
    • Profession: Actor, Puppeteer
    • Credits: Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Gilmore Girls, Hair Show, Labor Pains, Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous, + more
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    Kevin Jeffrey Clash is an American puppeteer and voice actor whose characters included Elmo, Clifford, Benny Rabbit, and Hoots the Owl. Clash developed an interest in puppetry at an early age, and began performing for local TV children's shows in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland by the time he was a ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    • Profession: Performer, Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Labyrinth, Sesame Street, Muppet Treasure Island, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Dinosaurs, + more
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    Bill Corbett is an American writer and performer for television, film and theatre. He was a writer and performer on the cult television show Mystery Science Theater 3000, for which he voiced the robot Crow T. Robot during the show's later seasons on the Sci Fi Channel and played the character Observer ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Puppeteer
    • Credits: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Meet Dave, Planet of Dinosaurs, Soultaker, Voodoo Man, + more
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    Neil Stephen Cicierega is an American comedian, actor, filmmaker, puppeteer, singer, musician, and animator. He is the creator of the genre of Flash animation known as "Animutation", and has released several albums as a musician under the name of "Lemon Demon" and a series of mashup albums more recently ...more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Keytarist, Comedian, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
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    Shane Mahan is a film physical suit effects supervisor.more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Greenville, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Special Effects Artist, Puppeteer, Makeup Artist
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    Jiří Trnka
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    Jiří Trnka was a Czech puppet-maker, illustrator, motion-picture animator and film director. In addition to his extensive career as an illustrator, especially of children's books, he is best known for his work in animation with puppets, which began in 1946. Most of his movies were intended for adults ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1912-1969)
    • Birthplace: Plzeň Region, Europe, Pilsen, Czech Republic, Central Europe, + more
    • Profession: Film Art Director, Illustrator, Screenwriter, Costume Designer, Animator, + more
    • Credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Old Czech Legends, The Hand, The Emperor's Nightingale, Springman & the SS, + more
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    Jane Henson was an American puppeteer and the wife of puppeteer Jim Henson.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1934-2013)
    • Birthplace: St. Albans, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Voice acting, Puppeteer
    • Credits: Tales of the Tinkerdee, Sam and Friends, Pilot - The Muppets Valentine Show, The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence
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