Fraggle Rock

1983, TV Show

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Jerry Nelson, the Voice of Sesame Street's Count, Dies at 78

Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer best known for playing Count von Count on Sesame Street and Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock, died Thursday, the Jim Henson Company confirmed. He was 78.

"Jerry Nelson imbued all his characters with the same gentle, sweet whimsy and kindness that were a part of his own personality. He joined The Jim Henson Company in the earliest years, and his unique contributions to the worlds of Fraggles, Muppets, Sesame Street and so many others are, and will continue to be, unforgettable," company CEO and Jim Henson's daughter, Lisa, said in a statement on Facebook. "On behalf of the Henson family and everyone at The Jim Henson Company, our deepest sympathies go out to Jerry's family and to his many fans."

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Premiered: January 01, 1983, on HBO
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Premise: 'Muppet' master Jim Henson's popular children's series about fun-loving creatures who live underground, along with the workaholic Doozers and the giant Gorgs. In the house above them lives human inventor Doc and his dog, Sprocket. An animated version later aired on NBC.

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