Kevin Clash

Puppeteer and Voice Actor
Born Sep 17, 1960

Kevin Clash is an American puppeteer and voice actor whose characters include Elmo, Baby Sinclair, Clifford, Splinter and Hoots the Owl. He currently serves as Sesame Street Muppet Captain and co-executive producer. In the fall of 2006, Clash released an autobiography titled My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud. He is the subject of the 2011 documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey.… Read More

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1960 Birth Kevin Clash was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 17, 1960, the third of four children born to George Clash, a flash welder and handyman, and Gladys Clash, who ran a small daycare center in their two-bedroom, one-bath home in the Turner Station of Dundalk, Maryland. … Read More


1979 18 Years Old In 1979, on Love's recommendation, Clash appeared as Cookie Monster in the Sesame Street float during the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, and met Jim Henson, who later became his boss, mentor, and friend. … Read More


1984 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, Clash had to turn down Henson's offer to work on his film The Dark Crystal because he was working on two TV shows at the same time, Captain Kangaroo and Love's syndicated program The Great Space Coaster, in which he was producer for the first time.
1985 24 Years Old 1 More Event
After 1985, Elmo, a furry red monster, became his main character. … Read More
1990 29 Years Old Clash worked on the first film version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which was dedicated to Henson, in 1990, voicing Master Splinter. … Read More


1993 32 Years Old Clash was married for 17 years, and has a daughter who was born in 1993.
1999 38 Years Old In 1999, Clash worked on a film starring Elmo, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.


2006 45 Years Old In 2006, Clash published his autobiography, co-written by Gary Brozek and Louis Henry Mitchell, entitled My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud.


2011 50 Years Old His life was featured in the 2011 documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey.
…  He resigned from Sesame Street in late 2012, after allegations of sexual impropriety, which he denied and were dismissed due to statute of limitations expiring. … Read More
2013 52 Years Old In July 2013, the three cases against Clash were dismissed because the claims were made more than six years after each man reasonably should have become aware of Clash's alleged violations during the three years after each turned 21. Clash's lawyers expressed his hope that the ruling would allow him to restore his personal and professional life. Lawyers for the plaintiffs appealed the ruling, alleging that the psychological effects of the abuse weren't fully realized until 2012. … Read More
2014 53 Years Old Months after the other alleged victims made legal accusations, Stephens filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania against Clash, but the case ultimately was dismissed in June 2014 because the statute of limitations had ended.
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