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Today we are remembering the puppeteer who portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street,” Caroll Spinney, who was born on this day in 1933.

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Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, would have turned 86 today. Spinney passed away earlier this month on December 8.

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Caroll Spinney operating Oscar the Grouch, while wearing his Big Bird legs. ca. 1980

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A puppeteer since childhood, Carroll Spinney also operated Oscar the Grouch, the sour to Big Bird’s sweet

The Sesame Street puppeteers who attended the Kennedy Center Honors all paid tribute to Caroll Spinney, the Sesame Street pioneer who originated the characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch

We need Mister Rogers, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch now more than ever, @BuffaloAbby  writes in @madebyhistory 

Caroll Spinney, the Man Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Has Passed Away at 85

Caroll Spinney, 'Sesame Street' puppeteer who brought Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life, has died at age 85

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Caroll Spinney, legendary puppeteer behind Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has died at age 85.

Caroll Spinney, legendary puppeteer behind Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has died at age 85.

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Caroll Spinney, who played the sweet-natured Big Bird on “Sesame Street,” died at 85. He also gave Oscar the Grouch his misanthropic personality.

Caroll Spinney, the legendary puppeteer behind beloved Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, died today, December 8th 2019, at age 85 at his home in Connecticut, after living with Dystonia for some time.

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Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who brought beloved "Sesame Street" characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life, died on Sunday. He was 85.

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Whether as a Big Bird filled with wonder or a grouch named Oscar filled with complaints, Caroll Spinney filled all of our lives with joy, laughter and learning. Forever in our hearts.

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The original voice and puppeteer for Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch has died at 85.

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Carol Spinney, the puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has died. Revisit our 2009 interview with him about his costume, career, and his ultimate goal: “to play this six-year-old bird for 50 years.”

It’s a sad day on Sesame Street. Caroll Spinney, the man behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for almost 50 years, has passed away. Rest In Peace.

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BREAKING: Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who voiced Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street," has died at age 85.

#BREAKING Caroll Spinney, the television puppeteer known for his work as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the long-running show "Sesame Street," has died at the age of 85

Long-time puppeteer Caroll Spinney has announced that he is stepping down from the roles of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Spinney is pleased that his iconic roles will be carried on by puppeteers Matt Vogel and Eric Jacobson. Learn more:

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