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Jim Henson

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Henson at the 1989 Emmy Awards

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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

In the news

Variety, 2019-09-10 04:15:12
Disney Plus has abandoned plans for a scripted Muppets series that was being worked on by Josh Gad, Adam Horowitz, and Edward Kitsis. Though the trio’s planned take on the beloved Jim Henson characters had never been formally announced, sources confirm that it had been in the works for months ...

5 ways Netflix’s ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ honors (and even outshines) the Jim Henson original
USA Today TV, 2019-08-30 12:00:06
"The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," Netflix's prequel to Jim Henson's cult classic "Dark Crystal," honors the original with just enough nostalgia.        

Variety, 2019-08-28 17:15:26
“The Dark Crystal,” the family-oriented fantasy drama directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, was groundbreaking when Universal released it in 1982. Now a cult classic, it offered an original blend of Brothers Grimm-style fairy-tale magic and state-of-the-art animatronic puppetry. Now, 37 years later, Netflix and the Jim Henson Co. ...

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