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Profile of the Day: Jim Henson

Do you remember watching The Muppet Show? Today we remember Muppet creator Jim Henson, who was born on this day in 1936.

Profile of the Day: Jim Henson

Image: Jim Henson / Library of Congress

He was born James Maury Henson on September 24, 1936 in Greenville, Mississippi to Betty Marcella and Paul Ransom Henson, an agronomist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While in college, he began working as a puppeteer for a local television station. It was there that he first developed his most iconic character, Kermit the Frog.

After working on the popular children’s show Sesame Street, where his Muppet creations also made appearances, Henson set out to develop projects featuring the Muppets. In 1976, The Muppets Show premiered and featured host Kermit and a variety of other memorable characters, including Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie Bear. The hit show would lead to several feature films. The Muppets’ presence on television and film has successfully continued even after Henson’s death in 1990 at the age of 53.

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