Man behind Count von Count voice dies at 78
Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:11a.m.
Sesame Street voice actor Jerry Nelson has died at the age of 78, passing away on Thursday of unknown causes.
The famous puppeteer grew up in Washington DC and signed up for the US variety series The Jimmy Dean Show in 1965 as one of the men behind Rowlf the Dog.
Mr Nelson eventually joined the long-running children’s TV show Sesame Street in 1970, becoming the first puppeteer to bring beloved woolly mammoth Mr. Snuggleupagus to life.
However, Mr Nelson is better known for playing the instructional vampire Count von Count.
He also added his talents to The Muppet Show, as the man beind Kermit the Frog’s nephew Robin and Gonzo’s girlfriend Camilla the Chicken.
Mourning Mr Nelson’s death on the official Sesame Street website on Friday, producers of the long-running show wrote:
“The cast and crew of Sesame Street and the staff of Sesame Workshop deeply mourn the loss of cast member and creator of Muppet characters, Jerry Nelson.
A member of the Sesame Street family for more than 40 years, he will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide. We will miss his extraordinary spirit and the joy he brought to our Street.”
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25/08/2012 12:38:46 p.m.
That's not a bad life at all. Jerry Nelson contributed a lot in his life and got to do something extraordinary for a job. It sure beats sitting in an office.
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