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Jim Henson

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Biography

Henson at the 1989 Emmy Awards

Source: Wikipedia

James Maury "Jim" Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was an American puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, actor, film director, and producer. Born in Greenville, Mississippi, and raised in Leland, Mississippi, and Hyattsville, Maryland, he began developing puppets while attending high school. While he was a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park, he created Sam and Friends, a five-minute sketch-comedy puppet show that appeared on television. After graduating from the University of Maryland, with a degree in home economics, he produced coffee advertisements and developed experimental films. Feeling the need for more creative output, Henson founded Muppets, Inc., in 1958 (which would later become The Jim Henson Company).

Fact file

  • Born: James Maury Henson September 24, 1936 Greenville, Mississippi, U.S.
  • Died: May 16, 1990 (aged 53) New York, New York, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome
  • Resting place: Cremated, ashes scattered near Taos, New Mexico, U.S.
  • Education: Northwestern High School
  • Alma mater: University of Maryland, College Park
  • Occupation: Puppeteer, film director, television producer
  • Years active: 1954–1990
  • Known for: Creator of The Muppets
  • Political party: Democratic
  • Board member of: Jim Henson Foundation The Jim Henson Company Jim Henson's Creature Shop
  • Spouse(s): Jane Nebel (1934–2013) (m. 1959–1990; his death)
  • Children: Lisa Henson (born 1960) Cheryl Henson (born 1961) Brian Henson (born 1963) John Henson (1965–2014) Heather Henson (born 1970)
  • Parent(s): Paul Ransom Henson Betty Marcella (née Brown)
  • Awards: Courage Conscience Award Emmy Award Disney Legend Award

Read more about Jim Henson at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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