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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
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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 films, including Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Sex Tape, Knocked Up, The Muppets, Despicable Me, and The Five-Year Engagement. ...more

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Jim Henson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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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 freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park, he created Sam and Friends, a five-minute sketch-comedy puppet show that appeared on television. After graduating from the University of Maryland, with a degree in home economics, he produced coffee advertisements and developed experimental films. Feeling the need for more creative output, Henson founded Muppets, Inc., in 1958,. He became famous ...more

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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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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 director include 1986's Little Shop of Horrors, 1991's comedy What About Bob?, and 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He is also the puppeteer and voice of Yoda in the Star Wars saga. ...more

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