Jim Henson

Born Sep 24, 1936

James Maury "Jim" Henson was an American puppeteer, best known as the creator of The Muppets. As a puppeteer, Henson performed in various television programs, such as Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, films such as The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper, and created advanced puppets for projects like Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth.… Read More

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1936 Birth Born in Greenville, Mississippi on September 24, 1936, Henson was the younger of two children of Paul Ransom Henson (1904–1994), an agronomist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and his wife, Betty Marcella (1904–1972). … Read More


1954 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1954, while attending Northwestern High School, he began working for WTOP-TV (now WUSA-TV), creating puppets for a Saturday morning children's show called The Junior Morning Show. … Read More


1959 22 Years Old They were married in 1959 and had five children, Lisa (b. 1960), Cheryl (b. 1961), Brian (b. 1963), John (b. 1965, d. 2014), and Heather (b. 1970). … Read More
1961 24 Years Old …  Henson hired writer Jerry Juhl in 1961 and puppet performer Frank Oz in 1963 to replace her. … Read More
1963 26 Years Old From 1963 to 1966, Henson began exploring film-making and produced a series of experimental films.
1966 29 Years Old His nine-minute experimental film, Time Piece, was nominated for an Academy Award for Live Action Short Film in 1966.


1969 32 Years Old The year 1969 saw the production of The Cube, another Henson-produced experimental movie. … Read More


1977 40 Years Old In 1977, Henson produced the one-hour television special Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas for HBO, which was based on the Russell Hoban story of the same name. … Read More
1979 42 Years Old In addition to his own puppetry projects, Henson aided others in their work. In 1979, he was asked by the producers of the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back to aid make-up artist Stuart Freeborn in the creation and articulation of enigmatic Jedi Master Yoda. … Read More
1982 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1982, Henson founded the Jim Henson Foundation to promote and develop the art of puppetry in the United States. … Read More
1986 49 Years Old However, 1986's Labyrinth, a Crystal-like fantasy that Henson directed by himself, was considered (in part due to its cost) a commercial disappointment. … Read More


1989 52 Years Old In late 1989, Henson entered into negotiations to sell his company to The Walt Disney Company for almost $150 million, hoping that, with Disney handling business matters, he would "be able to spend a lot more of my time on the creative side of things."
…  Though Henson would often downplay his role in Sesame Streets success, Cooney frequently praised Jim's work and, in 1990, the Public Broadcasting Service called him "the spark that ignited our fledgling broadcast service." … Read More
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