Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

78 (passed away Aug. 23rd, 2012)
Jul. 10th, 1934
Born in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Jerry Nelson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Fraggle Rock TV Show
Fraggle Rock
Sesame Street TV Show
Sesame Street
The Muppet Show TV Show
The Muppet Show
Play with Me Sesame TV Show
Play with Me Sesame
The Secret Life of Toys TV Show
The Secret Life of Toys

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Puppeteer, actor, musician, and master of voices, Jerry Nelson originally joined Henson & Company as a temporary replacement for Frank Oz, who had been drafted into the armed services in the 60's. He later re-joined the crew as a full-time performer in the 70's, and has since been heavily involved in almost every major Muppet project, including Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock and feature films. Memorable characters include The Count, Herry Monster, Mumford the Magician, Robin the Frog, Crazy Harry, and Gobo. Come the late 1990s, Nelson has begun to focus more on his musical career but continues his involvement in the Muppets.

  • His daughter, 'Christine Nelson (II)' (qv), made a cameo appearance with him in 'The Great Muppet Caper'.
  • Daughter 'Christine Nelson (II)' (qv) was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was a little girl. 'Jim Henson (I)' (qv) may have adjusted the "ceiling" (the limit one gets before paying out of pocket) on the health insurance for his workers, to ensure her many hospital visits would be covered. He also allowed her to cameo with her father - since her dream was to be a movie star. She passed away before seeing herself on screen. The scene is the father and daughter walking through the park ("Look Dad it's a bear", "No Christine, Bear's wear hats").

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