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 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.
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: