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Encyclopedia > Caroll Spinney
Spinney appears on a 1970s episode of What's My Line
Spinney appears on a 1970s episode of What's My Line

Caroll Spinney, sometimes credited as Carroll Spinney or Ed Spinney (born December 26, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA) is a puppeteer most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the children's television show Sesame Street. He graduated from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. He has described his experience as Big Bird as "a lot like growing up to be Mickey Mouse... only taller!" Image File history File linksMetadata CarSp1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata CarSp1. ... Whats My Line? was a weekly panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. ... December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, 361st in leap years. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Often called the true birthplace of the industrial revolution, Waltham is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. ... A puppeteer is a person who manipulates an inanimate object—a puppet—to create the illusion of life. ... Big Bird finds Ernie in a game of Journey to Ernie. ... An Oscar the Grouch puppet, at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Oscar the Grouch, peering out of his can Oscar the Grouch is a Muppet character on the television program Sesame Street. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... Acton-Boxborough Regional High School serves the Massachusetts towns of Acton and Boxborough, with roughly 450 students per grade level in grades 9 through 12. ... Michael Mickey Mouse is a comic animal cartoon character who has become a symbol for The Walt Disney Company. ...


When he was in the US Air Force, Caroll wrote and illustrated Harvey, a comic strip about military life. He also animated a series of black and white cartoons called Crazy Crayon. These were done under the pseudonym "Ed Spinney." Seal of the Air Force. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Cartoons started in the 1930s and 40s. ...


In 1955, Spinney headed to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he created the show Rascal Rabbit. He returned to Boston, joining The Judy and Goggle Show in 1958 as a puppeteer. At this series, he was Goggle, to Judy Valentine's Judy. Nickname: The Entertainment Capital of the World; Sin City Location of Las Vegas in Nevada Coordinates: County Clark Mayor Oscar B. Goodman(D) Area    - City 131. ... Judy Valentine (née Norma Baker), American singer and actress. ...


Throughout the 1960s, he performed on the Boston broadcast of Bozo's Big Top, where he played Mr. Lion, who created cartoons from the names of children participating in the show. Through that decade, he was also a commercial artist and animator.


Spinney created a puppet of a cat named Picklepuss, long before he joined the inaugural cast of Sesame Street. This cat and his other friends joined Spinney in entertaining audiences of the 1960s. Spinney's Picklepuss and Pop puppets were characters in the 1988 family video Wow, You're a Cartoonist!, starring Tatyana Ali. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... Tatyana Marisol Ali (born January 24, 1979 in North Bellmore, New York) is an American actress and R&B singer. ...


Spinney currently resides in Woodstock, Connecticut, with his wife, Debra. The couple has three children. His house reportedly lies exactly on the state border line.[citation needed] Woodstock is a town located in Windham County, Connecticut. ...

Spinney's first non-fiction book, The Wisdom of Big Bird.
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Spinney's first non-fiction book, The Wisdom of Big Bird.

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As a Sesame Street puppeteer

As a member of the cast of Sesame Street, Spinney has acted in easily over four thousand episodes of the series. While the level of his characters' participation in plotlines has fluctuated, Big Bird and Oscar have maintained integral roles in the series over the decades.


As Oscar the Grouch he has written How to Be a Grouch, a Whitman Tell-A-Tale picture book. With J Milligan, he wrote the 2003 book The Wisdom of Big Bird (and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch): Lessons from a Life in Feathers (ISBN 0-375-50781-7).


His work has been studied by other international puppeteers, who structure their performance styles after his, most evidently with full-body puppet costumes. The Chinese performer of Da Niao on Zhima Jie is most evident of this, as the character is an exact physical replica of Big Bird. Big Bird finds Ernie in a game of Journey to Ernie. ... Zhima Jie is a Chinese adaptation of Sesame Street. ...


Over the past 36 years, Spinney has been honoured with four Daytime Emmy Awards, for his portrayals on the series, and two Grammy Awards for his related recordings. Two of the recordings Spinney performs on have earned Gold Record status. For his body of work, Spinney has received both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994 and the Library of Congress's Living Legend award in 2000. The Daytime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the New York- based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The description Gold Album is applied to recorded music albums that have sold a minimum number of copies (in the US, currently 500,000 sales). ...


Over his career as Big Bird/Oscar, Spinney has:

  • performed the characters in Australia, China, Japan, and across Europe.
  • visited the White House multiple times.
  • conducted orchestras across the US and Canada, including the Boston Pops.
  • starred in the theatrically-released movie Follow that Bird, with a high-billing in Elmo in Grouchland.
  • served as a recording artist on dozens of albums.

In recent years Spinney has had to minimize his time performing Big Bird, due to his age. The literally heavy responsibility of performing Big Bird has gone to Matt Vogel, who performs the character in the regular "Journey to Ernie" segment, and to a very limited extent, Rick Lyon. The Boston Pops Orchestra was founded in 1885 as a subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sesame Street presents Follow That Bird. ... The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999) is the second movie based on the characters of the childrens television series Sesame Street (after Follow that Bird). ... Matt Vogel is a muppet performer for the Jim Henson Company in the 1990s. ... The Journey to Ernie segments is on Sesame Street when Big Bird has to find Ernie in a box with Ernies striped shirt and his rubber duckie on it. ... Rick Lyon is a puppeteer from Rochester, New York, who has worked for Jim Henson Studios as one of the operators of Big Bird. ...


At the 2006 Daytime Emmy Awards, Spinney will receive the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award. "I am elated and amazed to receive this honor from those who are committed to the best of what television and media have to offer, for doing what I've always wanted to do." The 2006 Daytime Emmy Awards will be telecast on Friday, April 28, 2006, on ABC to commemorate excellence in daytime programming from the previous year (2005) at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. ... The Daytime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the New York- based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming. ... The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences or NATAS is branch of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences based in New York City. ...


A little known fact about Spinney is that he was the puppeteer of Baby Monster in the early 1970s. Baby was taken over by another puppeteer, becoming Elmo. Elmo Elmo is a Muppet on the childrens television show Sesame Street. ...


See also: List of Sesame Street puppeteers This list of Sesame Street puppeteers includes all who have worked on the show, as a regular, backup, guest puppeteer, etc. ...


Spinney's caretaker Scott Deojay

A murdered 44-year-old woman jogger was found on Caroll Spinney's property on 13 December 2005, but Spinney was quickly cleared from the suspect list.[1] Further investigations confirmed Spinney had no part in the crime. Scott Deojay, 36, Spinney's house's caretaker, was soon after charged by police with a capital felony. Apparently Deojay hit Judith Nilan (the jogger) with his car by accident, and hid the body on Spinney's property while Spinney was out. December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A DNA sample taken from Deojay while in custody linked him with a 2004 kidnapping and rape. On 10 January 2006, Deojay was charged with sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary and assault. He allegedly entered a woman's Plainfield, Connecticut home after midnight; after disabling the phone, he committed the assault before running off with valuables.[2] January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Plainfield is a town located in Windham County, Connecticut. ...


State's Attorney Patricia M. Froehlich refuses to speak about the case outside court, but some have suspected she will seek the death penalty. Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the State as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offenses. ...


References

  1. ^ Don Bond, "Woman's body found on property owned by "Sesame Street" actor", Norwich Bulletin, 13 December 2005.
  2. ^ [1]

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Caroll Spinney is a puppeteer most famous for his role as Big Bird on Sesame Workshop's title program, Sesame Street.
When he was in the military, Caroll wrote and illustrated Harvey[?], a comic strip about military life.
Caroll created a puppet of a cat named Picklepuss[?], long before he joined the inaugural cast of Sesame Street.
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