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|Henson at the 1989 Emmy Awards|
|Birthday/Birthplace||James Maury Henson
(1936-09-24)September 24, 1936
Greenville, Mississippi, U.S.
|Deceased||May 16, 1990(1990-05-16)
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Toxic shock syndrome|
|Resting place||Cremated; ashes scattered near Taos, New Mexico, U.S.|
|School(s)||Northwestern High School|
|College(s)||University of Maryland, College Park|
|Profession(s)||Puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, film director, producer|
|Credit for||Creator of The Muppets (1955–90)|
|Board member of||Jim Henson Foundation
The Jim Henson Company (1958–90)
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop (1979–90)
|Wife/Husband||Jane Henson (m. 1959–90)|
|Awards Won||Courage Conscience Award
Disney Legend Award
James Maury “Jim” Henson (Greenville, Mississippi, September 24, 1936 – New York, May 16, 1990) was an American television puppeteer and producer, known for being the creator of The Muppets. Henson participated in several television programs, including Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, and in films such as The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. He was nominated for an Oscar and won the BAFTA and Emmy awards. To develop his projects, Henson founded several companies, such as The Jim Henson Company, The Jim Henson Foundation and The Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
Jim Henson’s Biography
Henson is especially remembered for being the creator, in 1955, of The Muppets, a type of highly mobile canvas puppets, and the team’s creative leader behind his long-term success over several decades. Henson managed to create an interesting set of characters developing novel ideas with a sense of rhythm and humor that connected with an audience of both children and adults. His works are remembered in part for promoting positive values in childhood such as friendship, magic or love, themes that appeared in most of his works.
Among his best known characters is to quote “Kermit the Frog” (the frog Gustavo in Spain or the frog René in Hispano-America), one of his first successful creations. He was the puppeteer and voice of the character from 1955 until his death, in 1990.
Having established a good group of collaborators, Henson developed a strong interest in making films. Between 1964 and 1969 he produced several experimental films such as Timepiece, Youth 68 and The Cube. These films gave him experience to perform new techniques with The Muppets.
In 1969, The Muppets formed the basic center of the Sesame Street children’s program (Sesame Street in Spain or Plaza Sésamo in Spanish America) and over the years Bert and Ernie (Blas and Epi in Spain, Beto and Enrique in Spanish America), Óscar Grumpy (the garbage monster in Spanish America), Big Bird (equivalent to Caponata in Spain, yellow, although green was called Abelardo in Spanish America), the Kermit frog (Gustavo in Spain, René in Spanish America), passed to be familiar faces in every home.
The show of The Muppets (The Muppet Show, 1976-1981), starring the frog Kermit and Piggy Pig (Miss Peggy) with real people, has been seen in over a hundred countries.
In 1987 he was the director and screenwriter of a successful mini-series of 9 chapters, called The Storyteller or The Storytelling starring John Hurt.
He was also creator of the Fraggle Rock program and directed and produced several films starring his puppets, such as The Muppet Movie (“The Muppets Movie / The Great Muppets Movie”, 1979), The Dark Crystal (“Crystal Dark / The Enchanted Crystal “, 1982), Fraggle Rock1983, Labyrinth (” Inside the Labyrinth / Labyrinth “, 1986), The Ninja Turtles (1990) and Dinosaurs (TV series) (1991).
He died on May 16, 1990 in New York, because of pneumonia. Henson was cremated and his ashes were scattered on his ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Google commemorated the day of his birthday in 2011 by presenting a logo with the shape of the characters that gave life, The Muppets.
Jim Henson Net Worth – $20 Million
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