Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Who Brought Big Bird To Life, Dies At 85 | NBC Nightly News

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Published: 12/09/2019 12:52 AM

Spinney, the legendary puppeteer who brought iconic Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life, died on Sunday at his home in Connecticut. He spoke to NBC’s Harry Smith last year to mark his 50 year career with the show.» Subscribe to NBC News:

A lot of hearts are breaking tonight, remembering caroll spinney. The man who made big bird and oscar the grouch come alive fans scattered flowers, on big bird star in hollywood today, but it was spinney who made generations of children feel like they always had a friend. Here'S harry smith, 50 years ago, caroll spinney was a puppeteer in search of a purpose. When muppet creator, jim henson, asked ...
him to join his team. He said i'm going to be involved with a new sheldon, and would you be interested working with the muppets in the day-to-day goings-on of sesame street? There needed to be an innocent look at letters on it, a character without guile. His was achild's voice that came from the beak of an eight-foot two-inch bird. That was one of those kind of kids who wanted to do the right thing. That'S what big bird is always trying to be is to be a good kid. Awkward flightless and sweet big bird was the perfect counterpart to oscar the grouch, who was also plagued by spinning oscar's, got it cool it's fun to play somebody very different than oneself. On the other hand, big bird is my kid in some ways i love best big bird brought him all over the world, opened his mind and nurtured his soul. Thank you carol. Spinning.

For 50 years you have been our fine feathered friend, harrysmith nbc news. New york. Hey nbc news fans, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching.

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