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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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Big Bird was my pen pal: Here's what I learned from Caroll Spinney

In the early 1980s, Caroll Spinney was invited to join the Challenger mission— as Big Bird.

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

What's on TV Thursday: A romantic comedy with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen airs on HBO. And a documentary about Caroll Spinney is streaming on Topic.

I’d never seen this. The late Caroll Spinney sings Kermit’s signature song ‘Being Green’ at Jim Henson’s memorial almost 30 years ago. Just so heartbreaking & beautiful. 😢

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, 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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Big Bird puppeteer Caroll Spinney has passed at 85 — R.I.P. to the Sesame Street legend

The original Big Caroll Spinney'>Bird Caroll Spinney has passed away at 85. On the outside, he made it all look simple. On the inside, Big Bird was incredibly complex. This look gave me a new appreciation inside his genius.

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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Caroll Spinney’s last performance on Sesame Street 💛💚

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 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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