A puppeteer since childhood, Carroll Spinney also operated Oscar the Grouch, the sour to Big Bird’s sweet
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.
The original voice and puppeteer for Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch has died at 85.
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.
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: