Jim Henson

Jim Henson

  • Highest Rated: 100% Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977)
  • Lowest Rated: 38% Into the Night (1985)
  • Birthday: Sep 24, 1936
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • For as long as he could remember, Mississippi born Jim Henson was a devoted fan of puppeteers and ventriloquists; his idols included Edgar Bergen, Burr Tillstrom and Bil and Cora Baird. While attending high school in Maryland (where his meteorologist father had been relocated), Henson was hired for the staff of the Washington, D.C. kiddy show Sam and His Friends. By the time he was a freshman at the University of Maryland, the lanky, goateed Henson was in charge of the TV show's puppets, with his future wife Jane Nebel as his assistant. It was during the Washington years that Henson hit upon the concept of the Muppet: part marionette, part puppet. His most popular character was Kermit the Frog, whom Henson fashioned out of his mom's overcoat in 1959. TV commercial appearances by the Muppets led to guest stints on The Jack Paar Show, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and The Jimmy Dean Show. While Henson and his partner Frank Oz handled the voices for most of the characters, the ever-expanding Muppet cast required a retinue of willing (and quick-witted) assistants. Henson's first taste of movie-making was the Oscar-nominated 1965 short Timepiece, but at the time he preferred television to films. In 1969, the Muppets became a regular feature on the spectacularly popular PBS daily Sesame Street, which turned out to be both a blessing and a curse for Henson: his characters were now highly marketable, but he was being perceived as exclusively a "children's entertainer." As such, he lost a lot of adult-oriented assignments. This "kiddy" onus prevented ABC from picking up Henson's half-hour The Muppet Show in 1975, whereupon Henson offered the program to syndication. As a result, The Muppet Show became one of the biggest non-network hits in TV history, as well as a great international success. Capitalizing on the popularity of "star" muppets Kermit and Miss Piggy, Henson and his staff concocted the 1979 all-star feature film The Muppet Movie, which made scads of money. With 1981's The Great Muppet Caper, Henson made his feature film directorial debut; he would later direct Labyrinth (1986), and with Frank Oz, co-direct The Dark Crystal (1982). After many years of avoiding Saturday morning network TV, Henson collaborated with Marvel Studios on the weekly cartoon series Muppet Babies (1984), which added more Emmy awards to his already top-heavy trophy shelf; less successful was the 1986 animated version of Henson's HBO series Fraggle Rock. During the late '80s, Henson expanded his activities to designing "creatures" for other producer's projects, notably the 1990 movie blockbuster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In May of 1990, Henson was poised to sell his Muppet empire to Disney Studios. Suddenly stricken with streptococcus pneumonia, Jim Henson checked himself into New York Hospital, where he died a few days later at the age of 53. The Muppet operation was taken over by Jim Henson's son Brian Henson.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story Actor $16.8K 2015
No Score Yet Muppets 3: Comerciales y experiencias Director 2011
No Score Yet Muppets 1: El arte del manejo de marionetas y de la narración Director 2011
No Score Yet Muppets 201: Rarities from the Henson Vault Director Actor 2009
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Elmo's Animal Adventures Actor Director 2009
No Score Yet Letters to Santa: A Muppets Christmas Screenwriter 2008
No Score Yet The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: The Gink, the Cat and Other Furry Friends Actor 2005
No Score Yet Piggy Banks (Born Killers) Actor 2005
No Score Yet Sesame Street: What's the Name of That Song Actor 2004
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Fiesta! Actor 2004
No Score Yet Dédales (Labyrinth) Actor 2003
90% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Screenwriter 2002
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Computer Caper Actor 2001
No Score Yet Sesame Street: The Great Numbers Game Actor 1998
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Cookie Monster's Best Bites Actor 1995
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Do the Alphabet Actor 1995
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Put Down the Duckie Actor 1994
No Score Yet Sesame Street's 25th Birthday - A Musical Celebration Actor 1993
No Score Yet Muppets: The Tale of the Bunny Picnic Director 1992
97% The Witches Executive Producer 1990
No Score Yet The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson Actor 1990
No Score Yet The Muppets at Walt Disney World Actor 1990
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Monster Hits Director 1990
No Score Yet Jim Henson's Dog City: The Movie Director 1989
No Score Yet A Muppet Family Christmas Actor 1987
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Christmas Eve on Sesame Street Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Christmas Toy Kermit the Frog 1986
70% Labyrinth Screenwriter Director 1986
No Score Yet Labyrinth Quote-along Screenwriter Director 1986
No Score Yet Tale of the Bunny Picnic Director Producer 1986
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Learning About Letters Actor 1986
92% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird Kermit the Frog/Ernie 1985
38% Into the Night Man on Phone 1985
83% The Muppets Take Manhattan Kermit the Frog/Rowlf/Dr. Teeth/Swedish Chef/Waldorf Executive Producer 1984
No Score Yet Henson's Place: The Man Behind the Muppets Actor 1984
79% The Dark Crystal Director Screenwriter Jen Producer 1982
76% The Great Muppet Caper Kermit/Rowlf/Dr. Teeth/Waldorf Director 1981
No Score Yet The Muppets Go To The Movies Actor 1981
88% The Muppet Movie Producer Kermit the Frog/Rowlf/Dr. Teeth/Waldorf 1979
100% Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas Director 1977
No Score Yet The Muppet Show Actor Producer 1976
No Score Yet The Muppet Musicians of Bremen Kermit the Frog 1972
No Score Yet The Frog Prince Actor Director 1972
No Score Yet Hey Cinderella! Director Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Cube Director 1969
No Score Yet Wheels That Go Director 1967
No Score Yet The Paperwork Explosion Director Actor 1967
No Score Yet Ripples Director 1967
No Score Yet Time Piece Screenwriter Director Actor 1965
No Score Yet Muppets 2: Historia de los Muppets l Director

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Doozers
2013-2018
Director
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jim Henson's Storyteller
1988
Executive Producer
  • 1988
No Score Yet Fraggle Rock
1983-1987
Creator Voice Director Executive Producer
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Creator Voice Executive Producer
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Jim Henson Hour
1989
Host

QUOTES FROM Jim Henson CHARACTERS

Beauregard
[driving a cab]You can call me Beauregard. where are you guys going?
Beauregard
You can call me Beauregard. where are you guys going?
Kermit
The happiness hotel.
Beauregard
Oh good, that's where I'm going - how do you get there?
Beauregard
Oh good, that's where I'm going. How do you get there?
Fozzie Bear
Haven't you ever been there?
Beauregard
Of course! I live there. I just don't know how to get there.
Jen
Oh no right on the mud.
Kermit the Frog
[navigating in the Studebaker] Bear left.
Fozzie Bear
Right, frog.
Jen
Wings! I don't have wings.
Kira
Of course not. You're a boy.