Jim Henson

  • Birth Name: James Maury Henson
  • Birth Place: Greenville, Mississippi, United States
  • Died: May 16, 1990
  • Profession: Puppeteer, Producer, Writer, Director
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Fast Facts

  • A bronze statue of him seated on a granite bench and talking with Kermit the Frog resides at his alma mater, the University of Maryland.
  • As a college student, created Kermit using his mother's old green coat and a ping-pong ball cut in half for the eyes.
  • Rowlf the Dog, not Kermit, was the first Muppet to gain national attention through TV appearances in the early 1960s.
  • Coined the word Muppet to describe the combination of marionette and foam-rubber puppet.
  • Was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • As per his wishes, no one wore black at his 1990 funeral; Harry Belafonte sang "Turn the World Around," a song he had performed on The Muppet Show.
  • Was honored posthumously in 1991 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In 1992, he posthumously received the Children's Peace Award from the Peace Abby for his work for children that encouraged tolerance, interracial values, equality and fair play.
  • Henson earned such honors because he lived out this philosophy: "When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there."
  • His work continues through the Jim Henson Company and the Jim Henson Foundation.

Awards

  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program: Winner
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 1978, Grammy — Best Recording for Children: Winner
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Nominee
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1986, Grammy — Best Recording for Children: Winner
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Winner
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Children's Program: Nominee
  • 1985, Grammy — Best Recording for Children: Winner
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Children's Program: Winner
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Children's Program: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Special Events: Nominee
  • 1981, Grammy — Best Recording for Children: Winner
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Children's Program: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Children's Program: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Children's Program: Nominee
  • 1979, Grammy — Best Recording for Children: Winner
  • 1986, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner
  • 1965, Oscar — Best Short Film, Live Action: Nominee

Relationships

  • John Henson — Son
  • Lisa Henson — Daughter
  • Paul R. Henson — Father
  • Elizabeth Henson — Mother
  • Heather Henson — Daughter
  • Cheryl Henson — Daughter
  • Jane Nebel — Wife
  • Brian Henson — Son

College

  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States (BA in Theater Arts, 1960)

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