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Puppeteer who played Big Bird on 'Sesame Street' retiring

1 month ago   |   By Boston Herald

WOODSTOCK, Conn. - The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on "Sesame Street" is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show. Caroll Spinney tells the New York Times that Thursday will be his last day on the program, which he joined from the start in 1969. In addition to Big Bird, the 84-year-old was also Oscar the Grouch. Spinney says "I always thought, how fortunate for me that I got to play the two best Muppets?"
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Who Is Caroll Spinney? Original Big Bird Puppeteer Retires After 50 Years on 'Sesame Street'

1 month ago   |   By Newsweek

Spinney has portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street" since the program's 1969 premiere.
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The iconic puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch is retiring after nearly 50 years on 'Sesame Street'

The iconic puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch is retiring after nearly 50 years on 'Sesame Street'

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind "Sesame Street" icons Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, is retiring.
He worked on the show for nearly 50 years.
Spinney has worked on the show ever since it began in 1969.
On Wednesday, Caroll Spinney, the 84 year-old puppeteer of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, announced his retirement.
Big Bird is one of the most iconic characters on "Sesame Street," and Spinney portrayed the character along with Oscar the Grouch ever since the show premiered in 1969.
Sesame Workshop , the non-profit organization that produces "Sesame Street," shared the news Wednesday...
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Puppeteer Who Played Big Bird On ‘Sesame Street' Retiring After Nearly 50 Years

Puppeteer Who Played Big Bird On ‘Sesame Street' Retiring After Nearly 50 Years

1 month ago   |   By CBS

WOODSTOCK, Conn. - The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on “Sesame Street” is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.
Caroll Spinney tells the New York Times that Thursday will be his last day on the program, which he joined from the start in 1969. In addition to Big Bird, the 84-year-old was also Oscar the Grouch.

Spinney says “I always thought, how fortunate for me that I got to play the two best Muppets?”
Spinney says the physical requirements of performing the characters had become difficult and he developed problems with his balance. He stopped doing the puppeteering for Big...
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The Legendary Big Bird Puppeteer Is Flying Away From Sesame Street After Nearly 50 Years

1 month ago   |   By Time

Caroll Spinney , the original puppeteer behind iconic Sesame Street muppets Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, is stepping down after nearly 50 years.
Spinney, who has played both Big Bird and Oscar since the show's 1969 premiere, announced his retirement in a statement that Sesame Street shared on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Before I came to Sesame Street , I didn't feel like what I was doing was very important,” he said. “Big Bird helped me find my purpose. Even as I step down from my roles, I feel I will always be Big Bird. And even Oscar, once in a while! They have given me great joy, led me to...
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