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

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Jim Henson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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 ...more

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Shari Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Phyllis Naomi Hurwitz (January 17, 1933 – August 2, 1998), better known as Shari Lewis, was an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, children's entertainer and television show host. She was best ...more
Frank Oz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
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, ...more

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

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Kermit Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Kermit Ernest Hollingshead Love (August 7, 1916 – June 21, 2008) was an American puppet maker, puppeteer, costume designer, and actor in children's television and on Broadway. He was best known ...more
John Tartaglia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
John Nicholas Tartaglia (born February 16, 1978) is an American puppeteer, actor, singer and dancer.
Stan Freberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Stan Freberg (born Stanley Friberg; August 7, 1926 – April 7, 2015) was an American author, actor, recording artist, voice artist, comedian, radio personality, puppeteer and advertising creative ...more

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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, OC is a Canadian puppeteer, best known for his original theatrical plays for adults, performed with marionettes. Burkett, who hails from Medicine Hat, was the puppeteer for Ralph ...more
Bob Clampett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Robert Emerson Clampett (May 8, 1913 – May 2, 1984) was an American animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes animated series from Warner Bros., and ...more
Phil Vischer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Phillip Roger "Phil" Vischer (born June 16, 1966) is an American animator, puppeteer, writer, voice actor and songwriter who created the computer-animated video series VeggieTales ...more
Brian Henson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Brian Henson (born November 3, 1963) is an American puppeteer, director, producer, technician, and the chairman of The Jim Henson Company. He is the son of puppeteers Jim and Jane Henson.
Keiko Agena is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Kevin Clash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Kevin Jeffrey Clash (born September 17, 1960) is an American puppeteer, director and producer whose characters included Elmo, Clifford, Benny Rabbit, and Hoots the Owl from Sesame Street; and ...more
Bill Corbett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
William D. "Bill" Corbett (born March 30, 1960) is an American writer and performer for television, film and theatre. He was a writer and performer on the cult television show Mystery ...more
Neil Cicierega is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Neil Stephen Cicierega ( SISS-i-REE-gə; born August 23, 1986) is an American Internet artist, comedian, actor, filmmaker, puppeteer, singer, musician, and animator. He is the creator of the ...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 (Czech: [ˈjɪr̝iː ˈtr̩ŋka]; 24 February 1912 – 30 December 1969) was a Czech puppet-maker, illustrator, motion-picture animator and film director. In addition to his extensive ...more
Jane Henson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Puppeteers
Jane Ann Henson (née Nebel; June 16, 1934 – April 2, 2013) 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 (born 19 September 1964) is an English comedian, playwright, director, actor, and screenwriter. He will direct Tom Stoppard's new play Leopoldstadt, set in the ...more
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 (born November 3, 1956) 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 ...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.