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Fri Aug 24, 2012, 05:16 PM

Muppet stalwart Jerry Nelson dies at 78

Source: Variety


Puppeteer Jerry Nelson, famous for voicing numerous Muppet characters such as Count Von Count and Herry Monster from "Sesame Street," died in his Cape Cod, Mass. home Thursday. He was 78.

A contributor to nearly every project produced by the late Muppet master Jim Henson, Nelson retired from puppetry in 2004, though he continued to voice several characters up until his death.

Born in 1934 in Tulsa, Okla., Nelson joined Henson's cast of Muppeteers in 1965 and joined the cast of "Sesame Street" full-time in 1970 for the show's second season.

He was known for his upbeat demeanor and dedication to the company, which Lisa Henson -- daughter of Jim Henson and current CEO of The Jim Henson Company -- touched on in a statement.


Read more: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118058271

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Reply Muppet stalwart Jerry Nelson dies at 78 (Original post)
Adenoid_Hynkel Aug 2012 OP
awoke_in_2003 Aug 2012 #1
awoke_in_2003 Aug 2012 #2
Neoma Aug 2012 #6
Adenoid_Hynkel Aug 2012 #3
awoke_in_2003 Aug 2012 #5
MrsBrady Aug 2012 #13
awoke_in_2003 Aug 2012 #14
7wo7rees Aug 2012 #17
InkAddict Aug 2012 #8
Robb Aug 2012 #4
shenmue Aug 2012 #7
Chorophyll Aug 2012 #9
ladym55 Aug 2012 #10
sarcasmo Aug 2012 #11
TalkingDog Aug 2012 #12
bpollen Aug 2012 #15
BumRushDaShow Aug 2012 #16

Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 05:38 PM

1. He did the Count?...

he was one of my favorites (right after Cookie Monster)

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 05:43 PM

2. I know this is probably...

irreverent, but maybe it will make some laugh:

http://m.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 06:09 PM

6. I like this one.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 05:48 PM

3. and Floyd Pepper, Robin, Gobo Fraggle, Emmet Otter, The Two Headed Monster, Herry Monster

I guess Dave Goelz and Frank Oz are the only ones left of the original Henson crew.

Here's Robin's most memorable moment


and here is Nelson as 'fire', along with the great Harry Belafonte, in maybe the finest segment ever broadcast on American television:

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 06:04 PM

5. It makes me...

feel old.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 01:12 AM

13. i try not to think about it

but yes it does.

I was just about to graduate high school when Jim Henson died.
I was about to start my adulthood, and my childhood idol dies.
It was very weird.

Seeing people I admire and respect in celebrity and in my own life get old and die...
is not easy to see. 3 last year, one just this week.
It sucks.

My grandmother used to complain to me that the only thing about getting old that
really bothered her was losing her friends. I'm beginning to see what she means.

and I'm not even old.

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Response to MrsBrady (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:33 AM

14. "I'm beginning to see what she means"...

same here, brother.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 11:24 PM

17. Thank you Adenoid_Hynkel

...for helping me appreciate someone I never knew, someone who helped form me.

Salute Jerry. RIP

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 07:19 PM

8. One bat hanging in the steeple....

One bat flys in through the door
That makes two bats in my belfry
But wait.....there's more

Two bats hanging in the steeple
One bat flys in through the door
That makes three bats in my belfry
But wait....

On and on and on...

RIP

I enjoyed the Count

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 05:50 PM

4. RIP.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 07:06 PM

7. :(

Rest in peace.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 08:24 PM

9. Oh, bummer.

Rest in peace.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 10:33 PM

10. RIP

Thanks to all who posted the Muppet video memories.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 10:33 PM

11. Sad day, the count has always been my favorite.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 10:42 PM

12. He taught us how to count

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 07:32 AM

15. Such an iconic character...

my 2-yr old and 3-yr old grandchildren recognize my horrible impersonation of The Count and the 3 yr-old tells me I should stop and let The Count do it himself.... Three generations of fans right here.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 09:10 PM

16. Loved that character

Condolences to the family and R.I.P. Mr. Nelson... Thanks for bringing the Count to life...

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