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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)

Jason Segel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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 ...more

Jim Henson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
James Maury "Jim" Henson was an American puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, actor, film director, and producer. Born in Greenville, Mississippi, and raised in ...more

Shari Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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 ...more

Frank Oz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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 ...more

Brad Garrett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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 ...more

Kermit Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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 ...more

John Tartaglia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Jonathan Nicholas "John" Tartaglia is an American puppeteer, actor, singer, dancer, voice artist, and comedian.

Stan Freberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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 ...more

Allan Trautman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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 ...more

Ronnie Burkett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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 ...more

Bob Clampett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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 ...more

Phil Vischer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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 ...more

Brian Henson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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.

Keiko Agena is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Christine Keiko Agena is an American actress known professionally as Keiko Agena.

Kevin Clash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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, ...more

Bill Corbett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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 ...more

Neil Cicierega is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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", ...more

Shane Mahan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Shane Mahan is a film physical suit effects supervisor.

Jiří Trnka is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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 ...more

Jane Henson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Jane Henson was an American puppeteer and the wife of puppeteer Jim Henson.

Patrick Marber is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Patrick Albert Crispin Marber is an English comedian, playwright, director, puppeteer, actor and screenwriter.

Mak Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Mak Wilson is an English puppeteer, writer, CG animation director, mocap artist, and voice actor. He is also known as Mac Wilson and Malcolm Wilson.

Kevin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Kevin Wagner Murphy is an American actor and writer best known as the voice and puppeteer of Tom Servo on the Peabody Award-winning comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Murphy also ...more

Ramdas Padhye is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Ramdas Padhye Ramdas Padhye is an actor.

Pons Maar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Pons Maar is an American actor, puppeteer, and artist.

Sascha Grammel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Sascha Grammel Sascha Grammel is a German comedian, puppeteer, and ventriloquist.

John Henson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
John Paul Henson was an American puppeteer best known for his association with The Muppets.

Ernie Fosselius is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Ernie Fosselius is an American filmmaker who has largely stayed out of the public eye. He is best known for his satirical spoofs of popular films, including the classic Star Wars parody Hardware

Paul Zaloom is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Paul Finley Zaloom is an American actor and puppeteer, best known for his role as the character Beakman on the television show Beakman's World.

Michael K. Frith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Michael Kingsbury Frith, is the former Executive Vice-President and Creative Director for Jim Henson Productions. His contributions to Muppet projects have been extensive and varied. Frith began ...more

James Murray is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
James Murray is a television and voice actor, screenwriter, film producer and director, singer and puppeteer.

Jerry Nelson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Jerry L. Nelson was an American puppeteer, best known for his work with The Muppets. Renowned for his wide range of characters and singing abilities, he performed Muppet characters on Sesame ...more

Eugene Walter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Eugene Ferdinand Walter, Jr. was an American screenwriter, poet, short-story author, actor, puppeteer, gourmet chef, cryptographer, translator, editor, costume designer and well-known raconteur. ...more

John Wayne Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
John Stevenson is a British animation filmmaker and puppeteer best known for directing the 2008 animated feature film, Kung Fu Panda with Mark Osborne. Stevenson has over 30 years of experience ...more

Roger L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Roger L. Jackson is an actor.

Paul Fusco is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Paul Fusco is an American puppeteer, voice-over artist and character actor who is best known as the voice, creator, and puppeteer of ALF. He formed the production company Alien Productions with ...more

Emma Shah is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Ema Shah is a Kuwaiti singer, composer, pianist, guitarist, actress, writer, dancer and director. Her father is Kuwaiti and her mother is Iranian. At the Winter Film Awards of 2014 in New Your ...more

Dave Goelz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
David Charles "Dave" Goelz is a puppeteer best known for his association with The Muppets, and in particular with the Muppet character The Great Gonzo. His other Muppet characters ...more

Richard Hunt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Richard Hunt was an American puppeteer, best known as a Muppet performer. Hunt's Muppet roles included Scooter, Beaker, Janice, Statler, and Sweetums.

Dan Milano is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Dan Milano is an American voice actor, puppeteer, writer, and director. He was one of the creators of the Fox sitcom Greg the Bunny and performed the title character Greg as well as Warren the ...more

Steve Whitmire is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Steven Lawrence "Steve" Whitmire is an American puppeteer who has worked for The Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop, and Disney's The Muppets Studio. He has been the performer of ...more

David Rudman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
David Rudman is a puppeteer, voice actor. director and producer, best known as a performer of many of Sesame Street's Muppets. He originated the role of Baby Bear, and has been nominated for ...more

Břetislav Pojar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Břetislav Pojar was a puppeteer, animator and director of short and feature films. Born in Sušice, Czechoslovakia, Pojar started his career in the late 1940s with his work on The Story of the ...more

Lewis Arquette is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Lewis Michael Arquette was an American film actor, writer and producer. Arquette was known for playing "J.D. Pickett" on the TV series, The Waltons, where he worked from 1978–1981.

Oliver Postgate is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Richard Oliver Postgate was an English animator, puppeteer and writer. He was the creator and writer of some of Britain's most popular children's television programmes. Pingwings, Pogles' Wood, ...more

Tim Blaney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Tim Blaney is an American puppeteer and voice actor. He has provided the voices for Frank the Pug in Men in Black and Men in Black II and the self-aware robot "Johnny 5" in Short ...more

Caroll Spinney is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Caroll Edwin Spinney is an American puppeteer and cartoonist, most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street. He has sometimes been credited as Carroll Spinney or Ed

Trace Beaulieu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Trace Beaulieu born November 6, 1958, is an American puppeteer, writer, and actor. He is best known for his roles on Mystery Science Theater 3000 as well as his work with MST3K's successor ...more

Brian Meehl is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Brian Meehl, is an American puppeteer and writer. He resides in Redding, Connecticut.

Matt Vogel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Matthew J. "Matt" Vogel II has been a Muppet performer for the Jim Henson Company since the 1990s. On Sesame Street, Vogel served as the assistant puppeteer for Ernie, performing ...more