- Created a show titled Rascal Rabbit in 1955.
- Served in the Air Force after college.
- Began his puppetry career in 1958 on The Judy and Goggle Show.
- Met Jim Henson after he watched Spinney perform at a 1969 Salt Lake City puppet festival; Henson offered him a place on Sesame Street, playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
- Was declared a living legend by The Library of Congress in 2000.
- Published his memoir, The Wisdom of Big Bird in 2003.
- Was the commencement speaker at Villanova University in 2004.
- Received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2006.
- Margaret Spinney — Mother
- Debra Gilroy — Wife
- Chester Spinney — Father
- Jessica — Daughter
- Janice Spinney — Ex-wife
- Melissa — Daughter
- Ben Spinney — Son
- Attended the Art Institute of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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