Jim Henson

Jim Henson

Highest Rated: 100% Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

Lowest Rated: 74% The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

Birthday: Sep 24, 1936

Birthplace: Greenville, Mississippi, USA

Jim Henson's love of puppeteering formed a career that ultimately inspired countless generations of children around the world. Born in Greenville, Mississippi, his family moved just outside of Washington, D.C. when he was an adolescent. While still in high school, he began working on a weekend childrens show, making puppets, at a local television station. During his college years, he created his first TV show, the five-minute puppet show called "Sam and Friends" for Washington's WRC. The success of the show got Henson noticed in the industry, and he began making appearances on network talk shows such as "The Steve Allen Show" (NBC, 1956-61). He began working extensively in commercials, using his ever developing talents to create puppets that were unlike any that had been seen before. His creation, the Muppets, appeared in ad campaigns throughout the '60s for products like coffee, bread, and soda. Henson moved his operations to New York in 1963, and partnered with fellow puppeteers Frank Oz and Jerry Juhl. The team began developing a stable of Muppet characters. The group got a break apart from commercials when their character Rowfl the Dog began appearing regularly on "The Jimmy Dean Show" (ABC, 1963-66). Not content strictly commercial success, he continued pushing his talents, earning an Academy Award nomination for his short film "Time Piece" (1966). Henson's imprint on the public consciousness became indelible when he partnered with the Children's Television Workshop for an educational show on public television. The resulting program, "Sesame Street" (PBS, 1969-), grew to become a global phenomenon, appearing in some form in more than 140 countries. Characters such as Grover, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird soon were as recognizable as any celebrity. Fighting against being pigeonholed, Henson kept exploring projects for The Muppets that were aimed at adults, including contributing to the first season of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975-). While his character Kermit the Frog had appeared in commercials, talk shows, and on "Sesame Street," Henson built his next project around his alter-ego. "The Muppet Show" (ITV, 1976-81) continued the run of success and introduced the world to another stable of characters, including Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. He moved the characters onto the big screen with the star-studded "The Muppet Movie" (1979). The film was a critical and financial success, and spawned a series of sequels. As ever, though, Henson refused to be put into a box. He continued creating innovative offerings for children, including the award-winning "Fraggles" and "Muppet Babies." He also directed films that involved creations that weren't from his more famous projects. He worked with Oz and George Lucas to create the Yoda character for "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), and directed the critically acclaimed films "The Dark Crystal" (1982) and "Labyrinth" (1986). While continuing to work on a full slate of projects, Henson suddenly became ill. His condition worsened and he was admitted to a New York hospital, where he died shortly after from toxic shock syndrome on May 16, 1990.

Highest rated movies

The Great Muppet Caper




95% 93% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street Self - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Muppets 201: Rarities From the Henson Vault Kermit the Frog / Dr. Teeth (Character) - 2009
93% 70% The Witches Executive Producer $8.7M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Song of the Cloud Forest Director,
- 1988
No Score Yet 81% A Muppet Family Christmas Unknown (Character) - 1987
74% 86% Labyrinth Director,
$12.1M 1986
83% 76% The Muppets Take Manhattan Executive Producer - 1984
No Score Yet 77% Big Bird in China Ernie (Voice) - 1983
79% 81% The Dark Crystal Director,
- 1982
74% 78% The Great Muppet Caper Kermit the Frog/Rowlf/Dr. Teeth/Swedish Chef/Waldorf/The Muppet Newsman/Zeke/Man having Snapshot in Restaurant (Character),
- 1981
88% 88% The Muppet Movie Producer - 1979
100% 85% Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas Kermit the Frog/Harrison Fox/Harvey/Snake (Voice),
- 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wheels That Go Director,
- 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ripples Director,
- 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Run, Run Producer,
- 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Time Piece Man (Character),
- 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alexander the Grape Screenwriter,
- 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shearing Animation Director,
Executive Producer,
- 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Drums West Director - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cat and Mouse Director - 1960


No Score Yet No Score Yet Fearing Mind Producer 2000 2002-2003
67% 94% Friends Ernie (Guest Voice) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jim Henson Hour Executive Producer,
100% 100% The Muppet Show Kermit the Frog (Character) 1974-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1974
No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Ernie/Kermit the Frog/Father/Uncle/Sam the Snake/Soldier/Baker (Voice) 1969