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Famous Male Puppeteers

Updated June 14, 2019 30.2k views62 items

List of famous male puppeteers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male puppeteers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being puppeteers. There are thousand of males working as puppeteers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic puppeteers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a puppeteer then the people below should give you inspiration.

List people include Patrick Marber, Frances Oznowicz and many more.

While this isn't a list of all male puppeteers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male puppeteers?" and "Who are the best male puppeteers?"
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  • Jason Segel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Puppeteers
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    Jason Jordan Segel (born January 18, 1980) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. 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, and for the critically and commercially successful comedies he has starred in, written, and produced. Segel has starred in several films, including Knocked Up (2007), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), I Love You, Man (2009), Despicable Me (2010), Bad Teacher (2011), Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011), The Muppets (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), This Is 40 (2012), Sex Tape (2014) and The... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Jim Henson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Puppeteers
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    James Maury Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was an American puppeteer, animator, cartoonist, actor, inventor, filmmaker, and screenwriter who achieved worldwide notice as the creator of The Muppets (1955–present) and Fraggle Rock (1983–1987); and as the director of The Dark Crystal (1982) and Labyrinth (1986). He was born in Greenville, Mississippi and raised in Leland, Mississippi and University Park, Maryland.Henson began developing puppets in high school. He created Sam and Friends, a short-form comedy television program, while he was a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in home economics, after... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Died at 54 (1936-1990)
    • Birthplace: Greenville, Mississippi, USA

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  • Frank Oz (born Frank Richard Oznowicz; May 25, 1944) is an American actor, puppeteer, director, and producer. He began his career as a puppeteer, performing the Muppet characters of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Sam Eagle in The Muppet Show, and Cookie Monster, Bert, and Grover in Sesame Street. He is also known for the role of Yoda in the Star Wars series, providing the voice for the character in several films and television series. His work as a director includes Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), What About Bob? (1991), In & Out (1997), Bowfinger (1999), The Score (2001), Death at a Funeral (2007), and an episode of the US TV series Leverage (2011).... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Hereford, England

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  • Brad Garrett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Puppeteers
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    Brad H. Gerstenfeld (born April 14, 1960), known professionally as Brad Garrett, is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor and professional poker player. 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 guest roles. His first major role was Robert Barone on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. The series debuted September 13, 1996 and ran for nine seasons. In 2002, he gave an Emmy-nominated and critically lauded performance as Jackie Gleason in the television film Gleason. Garrett's... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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