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Jim Henson

Highest Rated:   100% The Witches (1990)
Lowest Rated:   41% Into the Night (1985)
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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
$0.1M 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
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
100% The Witches
  • Executive Producer
1990
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Monster Hits
  • Director
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 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
No Score Yet Labyrinth Quote-along
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
68% Labyrinth
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Tale of the Bunny Picnic
  • Director
  • Producer
1986
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Learning About Letters
  • Actor
1986
91% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
  • Kermit the Frog/Ernie
1985
41% Into the Night
  • Man on Phone
1985
81% 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
72% The Dark Crystal
  • Director
  • Producer
1982
79% The Great Muppet Caper
  • Director
  • Kermit/Rowlf/Dr. Teeth/Waldorf
1981
No Score Yet The Muppets Go To The Movies
  • Actor
1981
87% The Muppet Movie
  • Producer
1979
No Score Yet Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet The Muppet Show
  • Producer
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The Frog Prince
  • Director
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet The Muppet Musicians of Bremen
  • Kermit the Frog
1972
No Score Yet The Cube
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Hey Cinderella!
  • Director
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Ripples
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Wheels That Go
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet The Paperwork Explosion
  • Director
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Time Piece
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1965
No Score Yet Muppets 2: Historia de los Muppets l
  • Director

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