"Sometimes he stood 8 feet 2 inches tall. Sometimes he lived in a
garbage can. He often cited numbers and letters of the alphabet, and for
nearly a half century on “Sesame Street” he was Big Bird and Oscar the
Grouch, opening magic doors for children on the secrets of growing up
and the gentle arts of friendship.
His name was Caroll Spinney — not that many people would know it — and
he was the comfortably anonymous whole-body puppeteer who, since the
1969 inception of the public television show that has nurtured untold
millions of children, had portrayed the sweet-natured, canary-yellow
giant bird and the misanthropic, furry-green bellyacher in the trash can
outside 123 Sesame Street.
Mr. Spinney, who also performed his characters in live concerts around
the world and at the White House many times and was featured in films,
documentaries and record albums, died on Sunday at his home in
Woodstock, Conn. He was 85."
Via Jodi Kaplan.
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