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Carroll Spinney died this month after embodying the Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Ground for nearly 50 years. Documentary of the Week, “I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story" revels the human being behind the puppets.

Documentary of the Week, “I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story" traces how the late Sesame Street puppeteer turned his childhood dreams of puppeteering into an adult reality.

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

Carroll Spinney played Big Bird for five decades. He turned Big Bird into the soul -if not the star- of the Street.

Under Carroll Spinney's watch, Big Bird became the soul of Sesame Street

Carroll Spinney, who was Big Bird for five decades, played him as a six-year-old child, with all the wonder and sweetness that entails

Carroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on "Sesame Street," died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop.​

Carroll Spinney: Puppeteer behind Sesame Street's Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, dead at 85

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On red carpet at Kennedy Center Honors where Sesame Street cast are wearing yellow feathers in memory of ‘Big Bird’ Carroll Spinney.

BREAKING: Carroll Spinney, puppeteer who voiced Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for nearly 50 years, dies at 85 (File Photo - Invision/AP)

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Godspeed, Carroll Spinney. Thank you for the years of goodness and light. The legacy you leave is love and laughter and innocence.

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Carroll Spinney, the puppeteer who brought Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life has died at age 85. Last year, when he retired from "Sesame Street," we reflected on his legacy.

#BREAKING : Carroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on Sesame Street died Sunday at the age of 85.

Carroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” has died at the age of 85

Carroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age of 85.

JUST IN: Carroll Spinney, the puppeteer who brought to life the Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has died at 85, according to Sesame Workshop.

Carroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for nearly 50 years, has died at 85

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