Caroll Spinney

  • Birth Name: Caroll Edwin Spinney
  • Birth Place: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • 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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