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Jerry Nelson - Puppeteer

Taken at Sesame Street Studio, New York City, New York USA in .

Jerry Nelson was the puppeteer behind many of the famous puppets from the 1980's. Nelson played 'Count von Count' (aka the 'Count' seen here) on Sesame Street from the 1970's through his retirement i ... show more

Jerry Nelson was the puppeteer behind many of the famous puppets from the 1980's.

Nelson played 'Count von Count' (aka the 'Count' seen here) on Sesame Street from the 1970's through his retirement in 2004, but also was the first to perform Mr. Snuffleupagus. Other roles include Gobo Fraggle (my personal favorite) and Marjory the Trash Heap from Fraggle Rock, and multiple characters from the Muppets including Sgt. Floyd Pepper of the Electric Mayhem band, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Kermit's nephew Robin, and Gonzo's girlfriend Camilla the Chicken.

Mr. Nelson had a gift with puppets that helped shape generations of viewers. He learned to puppeteer under Bill Baird, the creator of the "Lonely Goatherd" marionette scene in The Sound of Music. Jerry was born on July 10th 1934 in Tulsa Oklahoma and died August 23rd, 2012.

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