Steve Whitmire

Steve Whitmire

Highest Rated: 82% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)

Lowest Rated: 63% Muppets From Space (1999)

Birthday: Sep 24, 1959

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

A highly successful puppeteer and voice actor, Steve Whitmire has been closely associated with Jim Henson and Henson Company projects his entire career. The Atlanta native's interest in puppets began at an early age and he reportedly vowed, while still in high school, that he would one day be Kermit the Frog. He began his career on Henson's iconic series "The Muppet Show" in 1978 and provided voices for countless characters. He also appeared in several Muppet film projects, voicing characters he created such as Rizzo the Rat, trumpet player Lips and Miss Piggy's dog Foo-Foo. He was also a key member of the popular cult show "Fraggle Rock," voicing his original creations Wembley Fraggle and Bean Bunny. Whitmire appeared in other Henson projects without Muppets such as the fantasy feature "Labyrinth" and the family adventure "Dark Crystal." After Jim Henson's death in 1990, Whitmire assumed the role of two of his mentor's most popular creations--Ernie from "Sesame Street" and as he had predicted, Kermit the Frog. He continued to be closely involved with Henson Company projects including "Dinosaurs," the family sitcom starring prehistoric anthropomorphic creatures.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sing It, Elmo! Unknown (Voice) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kermit's Swamp Years Kermit the Frog/Jack Rabbit/Chico (Voice) - 2002
No Score Yet 36% Kermit's Swamp Years: The Real Story Behind Kermit the Frog's Early Years Unknown (Character) - 2002
82% 51% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Kermit/Rizzo the Rat/Beaker/Bean Bunny/Mr. Poodlepants/Statler (Voice) - 2002
63% 58% Muppets From Space Kermit the Frog/Rizzo the Rat/Beaker/Cosmic Fish #1 (Voice) $16.3M 1999
77% 63% The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Ernie/Stuckweed/Football Stenchman/Ice Cream Vendor/Parrot (Voice) $11.6M 1999
No Score Yet 74% Muppet Classic Theater Unknown (Character) - 1994
76% 85% The Muppet Christmas Carol Kermit the Frog/Rizzo the Rat/Beaker (Voice) $27.3M 1992

TV

Credit
64% 72% The Muppets Kermit the Frog/Rizzo/Lips (Voice) 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Ernie (Character),
Unknown (Voice)
2008-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Muppets Tonight Unknown (Character) 1996-1998
96% 84% Dinosaurs Blarney/Woodrow (Guest Voice) 1993-1994 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fraggle Rock Unknown (Voice) 1983-1987

QUOTES FROM Steve Whitmire CHARACTERS

Gary says: So you guys aren't getting back together?

Kermit says: [sadly] No.

Kermit says: No.

Mary says: This is going to be a really short movie.

Rowlf says: How come you didn't use me in the montage? I thought my story was pretty interesting. [cut to Rowlf snoring in a hammock on his porch surrounded by other Muppets]

Rowlf says: How come you didn't use me in the montage? I thought my story was pretty interesting.

Kermit says: Rowlf?

Rowlf says: Huh?

Kermit says: You wanna get back together?

Rowlf says: Okay. [cut back to the car] Classic.

Rowlf says: Okay. Classic.

Daniel says: I know that Bitterman changed the contract.

Kermit says: Wha- how do you know THAT? Oh, wait a second, you don't run one of those Muppet Internet fan sites, do ya?

The Four Guards/Firey 4/Ambrosius says: Well, the only way out of here is to try one of these doors!

The Four Guards/Fireys says: One of them leads to the castle at the end of the labyrinth, and the other one leads to..

The Four Guards/Firey 4/Ambrosius says: Ba-baba-BOOM!

The Four Guards/Fireys says: Certain DEATH!

The Four Guards/Firey 4/Ambrosius says: Ooooooooooooohhhhh!

Great Gonzo says: "He was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scr...[notices the smudged window of Scrooge's office] "Boy, this really *is* a dirty city!"

Great Gonzo says: He was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scr...[notices the smudged window of Scrooge's office] Boy, this really *is* a dirty city!

Rizzo the Rat says: "Heh you're telling me!"

Rizzo the Rat says: Heh you're telling me!

Rizzo the Rat says: (Gonzo grabs Rizzo and uses him to wipe off the window pane] " Thank you for makin' me a part of this!"

Rizzo the Rat says: [Gonzo grabs Rizzo and uses him to wipe off the window pane] Thank you for makin' me a part of this!

Great Gonzo says: [Dropping Rizzo] "He was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge: a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, clutching, covetous old sinner!"

Great Gonzo says: [dropping Rizzo] He was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge: a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, clutching, covetous old sinner!

Kermit the Frog says: "If you please Mr. Scrooge, it's gotten colder, and the bookkeeping staff would like an extra shovel full of coal for the fire?"

Kermit the Frog says: If you please Mr. Scrooge, it's gotten colder, and the bookkeeping staff would like an extra shovel full of coal for the fire?

Additional Muppet Performer says: "We can't do the bookkeeping, all our pens have turned to inkcicles!"

Additional Muppet Performer says: We can't do the bookkeeping, all our pens have turned to inkcicles!

Additional Muppet Performer says: "Our assets are frozen!"

Additional Muppet Performer says: Our assets are frozen!

Ebenezer Scrooge says: "How would the bookkeeping staff like to be suddenly... UNEMPLOYED?"

Ebenezer Scrooge says: How would the bookkeeping staff like to be suddenly... UNEMPLOYED?

Additional Muppet Performer says: [singing] "HEAT WAVE. This is my island in the sun.. "

Additional Muppet Performer says: [singing] HEAT WAVE. This is my island in the sun.

Great Gonzo says: "Once again, I must ask you to remember that the Marleys were dead, and decaying in their graves."

Great Gonzo says: Once again, I must ask you to remember that the Marleys were dead, and decaying in their graves.

Rizzo the Rat says: "Yuck!"

Rizzo the Rat says: Yuck!

Great Gonzo says: [whispering] "That one thing you must remember, or nothing that follows will seem wondrous."

Great Gonzo says: [whispering] That one thing you must remember, or nothing that follows will seem wondrous.

Rizzo the Rat says: "Why are you whispering?"

Rizzo the Rat says: Why are you whispering?

Great Gonzo says: "It's for dramatic emphasis".

Great Gonzo says: It's for dramatic emphasis.

Rizzo the Rat says: "Rats don't understand these things."

Rizzo the Rat says: Rats don't understand these things.

Great Gonzo says: "You were never a lonely child?"

Great Gonzo says: You were never a lonely child?

Rizzo the Rat says: "I had twelve hundred and seventy four brothers and sisters."

Rizzo the Rat says: I had twelve hundred and seventy four brothers and sisters.

Great Gonzo says: "Boy Rats don't understand these things!"

Great Gonzo says: Boy Rats don't understand these things!

Kermit the Frog says: It's the annual penguin skating party!

Scooter says: But, Chief, i can't go on stage.....

Scooter says: But, Chief, I can't go on stage...

Kermit says: Sure..... Just do what I do...... pretend that the audience are naked.

Kermit says: Sure... Just do what I do... pretend that the audience are naked.

Walter says: You guys give the world the greatest gift of all.

Kermit says: "Babies?"

Kermit says: Babies?

Walter says: "No. The other one."

Walter says: No. The other one.

Kermit says: "Ice cream?"

Kermit says: Ice cream?

Kermit says: "Laughter."

Kermit says: Laughter.

Walter says: "Yes! The third greatest gift!"

Walter says: Yes! The third greatest gift!

Kermit says: "Can we do it all again. Make them laugh like we did then."

Kermit says: Can we do it all again. Make them laugh like we did then.

Kermit says: "I geuss people sort of forgot about us.''

Kermit says: I geuss people sort of forgot about us.

Kermit says: Come on guys, lets go-aaah *Kermit falls down*

Kermit says: Come on guys, lets go-aaah. [Kermit falls down]

Kermit says: I guess all things considered, I'm 'pro-life'.

Miss Piggy's Receptionist says: That's awful!

Kermit says: We drive.

Kermit says: "Hi-Ho Fozzie."

Kermit says: Hi-Ho Fozzie.

Fozzie Bear says: "Hi-Ho Kermit....Kermit?!?"

Fozzie Bear says: Hi-Ho Kermit... Kermit?

Kermit says: "We humbly ask that you give us back our studio."

Kermit says: We humbly ask that you give us back our studio.

Statler says: "And this is kermit the frogs old office.''

Statler says: And this is kermit the frogs old office.

Waldorf says: ''Or so we've been toad!''

Waldorf says: Or so we've been toad!

Kermit says: "An evil oil baron is trying to take down the studio.''

Kermit says: An evil oil baron is trying to take down the studio.

Fozzie Bear says: "WHAT? Oh no! (Gunshot.) I mean uh...how tragic.''

Fozzie Bear says: WHAT? Oh no! [gunshot] I mean uh... how tragic.

Tex Richman says: "The answer is no."

Tex Richman says: The answer is no.

Kermit says: "You could have just said that."

Kermit says: You could have just said that.

Fozzie Bear says: "We could have Bunsen set Beaker on fire?"

Fozzie Bear says: We could have Bunsen set Beaker on fire?

Beaker says: "Meep!"

Beaker says: Meep!

Fozzie Bear says: "What's worse Kermit. Briefly inconveniencing Jack Black. Or destroying the muppets?"

Fozzie Bear says: What's worse Kermit. Briefly inconveniencing Jack Black. Or destroying the muppets?

Kermit says: "Kidnapping Jack Black Fozzie!"

Kermit says: Kidnapping Jack Black Fozzie!

Kermit says: ''This is boring.''

Kermit says: This is boring.

Statler says: ''If I didnt know better, I'd say you just recited some important plot point.''

Statler says: If I didnt know better, I'd say you just recited some important plot point.

Waldorf says: ''I hope so. Otherwise I just bored the audience have to death.''

Waldorf says: I hope so. Otherwise I just bored the audience have to death.

Statler says: ''You mean half the audience is still alive?''

Statler says: You mean half the audience is still alive?

Kermit says: "Let's travel by map!"

Kermit says: Let's travel by map!

Kermit says: The lover , the dreamers and me

Kermit says: The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Statler says: I always dreamed we'd be back here.

Waldorf says: Dreams? Those where nightmares!

Beaker says: Meeeeeeeeppppppp!

Kermit says: "Maybe you don't need the whole world to love you, you know, maybe you just need one person"

Kermit says: Maybe you don't need the whole world to love you, you know, maybe you just need one person.

Kermit says: No way, pal. Bitterman owns the paper, she owns the TV station and 3/4 of the Internet.

Daniel says: How could one person own so much?

Kermit says: Corporate Synergy. It's out of control. (NBC logo appears on Kermit's foot)

Kermit says: Corporate Synergy. It's out of control. [NBC logo appears on Kermit's foot]