Post by Mike Spadoni on Aug 25, 2012 0:07:10 GMT 1
Puppeteer Jerry Nelson, best-known for his work with Jim Henson's Muppets, died August 23rd from complications due to cancer and respiratory problems. He was 78 years old. The Tulsa, Oklahoma-born Nelson trained with famed American puppeteer Bil Baird. In 1965, he was hired by Henson to work Rowlf, the wisecracking puppet dog on ABC's "The Jimmy Dean Show." A year later, Nelson was let go because there wasn't enough work for him to do. That changed in 1969, when Nelson was rehired for Henson's newest project, public television's "Sesame Street." His best-known voice and portrayal was Count von Count, who loved to use the numbers 1-to-10. He would be a presence on other Henson programs, portraying Gobo Fraggle on "Fraggle Rock;" along with Sergeant Floyd Pepper of the Electric Mayhem Band, Julius Strangepork and Camilla the Chicken on "The Muppet Show." In 2004, Nelson stopped puppeteering, citing ill health; he did continue to voice his characters. Jerry Nelson's daughter Christine, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, died in 1982.
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