• Who Is Caroll Spinney? Original Big Bird Puppeteer Retires After 50 Years on 'Sesame Street'

    26 days ago - By Newsweek

    Spinney has portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street" since the program's 1969 premiere.
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  • Puppeteer who played Big Bird on 'Sesame Street' retiring

    26 days ago - By Boston Herald

    WOODSTOCK, Conn. - The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on "Sesame Street" is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show. Caroll Spinney tells the New York Times that Thursday will be his last day on the program, which he joined from the start in 1969. In addition to Big Bird, the 84-year-old was also Oscar the Grouch. Spinney says "I always thought, how fortunate for me that I got to play the two best Muppets?"
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  • The iconic puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch is retiring after nearly 50 years on 'Sesame Street'

    The iconic puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch is retiring after nearly 50 years on 'Sesame Street'

    26 days ago - By Business Insider

    Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind "Sesame Street" icons Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, is retiring.
    He worked on the show for nearly 50 years.
    Spinney has worked on the show ever since it began in 1969.
    On Wednesday, Caroll Spinney, the 84 year-old puppeteer of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, announced his retirement.
    Big Bird is one of the most iconic characters on "Sesame Street," and Spinney portrayed the character along with Oscar the Grouch ever since the show premiered in 1969.
    Sesame Workshop , the non-profit organization that produces "Sesame Street," shared the news Wednesday...
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  • Puppeteer Who Played Big Bird On ‘Sesame Street' Retiring After Nearly 50 Years

    Puppeteer Who Played Big Bird On ‘Sesame Street' Retiring After Nearly 50 Years

    27 days ago - By CBS

    WOODSTOCK, Conn. - The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on “Sesame Street” is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.
    Caroll Spinney tells the New York Times that Thursday will be his last day on the program, which he joined from the start in 1969. In addition to Big Bird, the 84-year-old was also Oscar the Grouch.

    Spinney says “I always thought, how fortunate for me that I got to play the two best Muppets?”
    Spinney says the physical requirements of performing the characters had become difficult and he developed problems with his balance. He stopped doing the puppeteering for Big...
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  • Caroll Spinney, the Actor Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Is Retiring

    27 days ago - By Slate

    Caroll Spinney, who played the parts of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for nearly 50 years, is retiring. Spinney's departure this Thursday will be one of the last of Sesame Street staff members who have been at the show since it started in 1969. A Sesame Workshop spokeswoman estimated that the actor has likely appeared in “thousands” of the over 4,400 episodes that have aired.
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  • ‘Sesame Street's original big bird, Caroll Spinney, retiring after 49 years

    ‘Sesame Street's original big bird, Caroll Spinney, retiring after 49 years

    27 days ago - By New York Post

    The famed puppeteer who's been playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” since its debut in 1969 will leave the show this week. On Thursday, Caroll Spinney, 84, will lend his voice to the two iconic characters one last time before retiring. He will pass on his roles to new performers. “Big...
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  • Big Bird Actor Caroll Spinney Calling It Quits After 50 Years

    27 days ago - By Fortune

    Sesame Street is losing one of its most entrenched residents.
    Caroll Spinney, who has played both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the iconic children's show since its beginning, will report to work for the last time Thursday.
    Spinney has spent 50 of his 84 years on this planet bringing Big Bird and Oscar to life. For most of those, he also physically portrayed the characters, but stopped the puppeteering in 2015 due to health problems. (The physical toll on portraying Big Bird was especially taxing as it required him to keep his arm and hand held high in the air for long...
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  • The Legendary Big Bird Puppeteer Is Flying Away From Sesame Street After Nearly 50 Years

    27 days ago - By Time

    Caroll Spinney , the original puppeteer behind iconic Sesame Street muppets Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, is stepping down after nearly 50 years.
    Spinney, who has played both Big Bird and Oscar since the show's 1969 premiere, announced his retirement in a statement that Sesame Street shared on Twitter on Wednesday.
    “Before I came to Sesame Street , I didn't feel like what I was doing was very important,” he said. “Big Bird helped me find my purpose. Even as I step down from my roles, I feel I will always be Big Bird. And even Oscar, once in a while! They have given me great joy, led me to...
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