Bill Barretta

Bill Barretta

Highest Rated: 63% Muppets From Space (1999)

Lowest Rated: 23% The Happytime Murders (2018)

Birthday: Jun 19, 1964

Birthplace: Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA

One of the leading puppet performers in the industry, Bill Barretta is best known for his work with the Jim Henson Company. Barretta first began work as a carpenter and while employed at Sesame Place, he met Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson, who encouraged him to work professionally as an actor. Barretta trained at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, leading to small roles in the courtroom drama "Murder in the First" and the ape movie "Born to Be Wild." His first big break came performing as the body of prehistoric patriarch Earl Sinclair on the puppet series "Dinosaurs," produced by Henson. Barretta transitioned to assisting and supporting roles in "The Animal Show" and playing multiple small roles in "Muppet Classic Theater"; he made his film debut as a principal performer playing pirate/goat Clueless Morgan in "Muppet Treasure Island." While working on "Muppets Tonight" he developed new characters such as Sinatra-esque crooner Johnny Fiama and ursine security guard Bobo the Bear. Later, Barretta took over several of Jim Henson's roles--most notably, the Swedish Chef. Barretta put on his producer hat with the television movies "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie" and "The Muppets Wizard of Oz."

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
23% 40% The Happytime Murders Phil Philips/Junkyard/Boar (Voice) $20.7M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kermit's Swamp Years Croaker/Horace D' Fly/Roy the Frog/Turtle 2 (Voice) - 2002
No Score Yet 36% Kermit's Swamp Years: The Real Story Behind Kermit the Frog's Early Years Unknown (Character) - 2002
63% 58% Muppets From Space Pepe/Johnny Fiama/Renthro (Bobo)/Dr. Teeth/Rowlf the Dog/The Swedish Chef (Voice) $16.3M 1999

TV

Credit
69% 50% Muppets Now Rowlf the Dog/Pepe the King Prawn/Swedish Chef (Voice),
Executive Producer
2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2018
64% 72% The Muppets Pepe the King Prawn; Rowlf; Dr. Teeth (Voice),
Executive Producer,
Director
2015-2016
No Score Yet 96% Kim Possible Unknown (Guest Voice) 2002-2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Unknown (Character) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Muppets Tonight Unknown (Character) 1996-1998

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