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Caroll Spinney

Biography

Sesame Road puppeteer who provided the voices for the lovable characters Big Parrot and Oscar the Grouch. He offered in america Air Power, where he utilized the pseudonym Ed Spinney for his comic remove creations. Ahead of his learning to be a puppeteer, he developed the present Rascal Rabbit in NEVADA. He wedded his second wife, Debra Spinney, in 1979. He was like Shari Lewis, who was simply a great Television character and puppeteer.

Quick Facts


Full Name Caroll Spinney
Date Of Birth December 26, 1933
Place Of Birth Waltham, MA
Height 1.77 m
Profession Puppeteer
Education Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
Nationality American
Spouse Debra Spinney, Janice Spinney
Movies I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Big Bird in China, The Great Muppet Caper, Elmo Saves Christmas, Elmo's Christmas Countdown, Big Bird in Japan, Abby in Wonderland, Cinderelmo, A Muppet Family Christmas, Don't Eat the Pictures, Sesame Street: Sesame Sings Karaoke, Julie on Sesame Street, Sesame Street: Singing with the Stars, Sing It, Elmo!, Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, The Spirit of Mickey, The Wabbit Who Came to Supper, Out to Lunch, Sesame Street: Sing Along, Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration
TV Shows Sesame Street, Sesame Unpaved
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Was the commencement speaker at Villanova University, in 2004.
2He made an appearance as Big Bird on an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968). Before the show was taped, Fred Rogers wanted to have him remove the Big Bird outfit on the show and discuss the inner workings of it. Spinney objected to this idea, saying that it was important to preserve the sense of wonder and magic that children have about Big Bird. Rogers agreed that Spinney was right, and, instead, Big Bird appeared on the show in a Neighborhood of Make-Believe segment.
3Under the name Ed Spinney, Caroll Spinney animated a series of black and white cartoons called "Crazy Crayon".


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live2012-2015TV SeriesBig Bird
Supernatural2015TV SeriesBig Bird
Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner2015TV SeriesBig Bird
Portlandia2015TV SeriesOscar the Grouch
The Colbert Report2013-2014TV SeriesBig Bird Oscar the Grouch
Sesame Street1969-2014TV SeriesBig Bird Oscar the Grouch Oscar ...
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesOscar the Grouch Big Bird
Sunny Side Up2014TV SeriesOscar the Grouch
87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2013TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2013TV SeriesBig Bird
Little Children, Big Challenges2012TV SeriesBig Bird
The 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2012TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2009-2012TV SeriesOscar the Grouch Big Bird
Sesame Street: Elmo's World - Favorite Things2012voice
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2011TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster2011Video GameOscar the Grouch (voice)
Elmo's World: People in Your Neighborhood2011Video voice
Elmo's World: Penguins and Friends2011Video voice
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesOscar the Grouch
Elmo and Abby's Birthday Fun2009Video
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian2009Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Being Green2009VideoBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Scrubs2009TV SeriesOscar the Grouch
One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure2008ShortBig Bird
Abby in Wonderland2008VideoOscar as the Grouch of Hearts (voice)
Elmo's Christmas Countdown2007TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Sesame Street: Old School Volume 22007VideoBig Bird, Oscar the Grouch
Elmo's World: What Makes You Happy?2007Video
A Sesame Street Christmas Carol2006VideoOscar the Grouch Big Bird (voice)
Guess That Shape and Color2006Video shortBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Elmo Visits the Doctor2005VideoBig Bird (voice)
Sesame Street: Friends to the Rescue2005VideoBig Bird
What's the Name of That Song2004VideoBig Bird (voice)
Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On2004TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch
The West Wing2004TV SeriesBig Bird
Zoe's Dance Moves2003Video short
Sesame Street: Sesame Sings Karaoke2003Video shortBig Bird
Sesame Street: Three Bears and a New Baby2003VideoBig Bird (voice)
Elmo Visits the Firehouse2002Video shortBig Bird (voice)
Between the Lions2001TV SeriesBig Bird
Elmo's Musical Adventure: Peter and the Wolf2001VideoBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Learn Along with Sesame1996-2001TV SeriesOscar the Grouch Big Bird
Cinderelmo1999TV MovieBig Bird (voice)
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland1999Big Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Kids' Favorite Songs1999Video shortBig Bird / Oscar
A Brief History of Motion Pictures1998ShortOscar the Grouch Big Bird (voice)
Soul Man1998TV SeriesBig Bird
Big Bird Gets Lost1998Video shortBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
123 Count with Me1997Video shortBig Bird (voice)
Sing Yourself Sillier at the Movies1997Video shortOscar the Grouch (voice)
Elmo Saves Christmas1996VideoBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Imagine That!1996Video shortOscar the Grouch (voice)
Kids' Guide to Life: Learning to Share1996Video shortBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Elmocize1996Video shortBig Bird (voice)
Do the Alphabet1996Video shortBig Bird (voice)
Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration1993TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey1993Dog in Pound (uncredited)
Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake1991TV MovieBig Bird (voice)
Sesame Street: Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game1991Video
Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Hospital1990Video shortBig Bird / Oscar
Sing Yourself Silly!1990Video shortBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Sesame Songs: Rock & Roll1990Video shortOscar the Grouch Big Bird
Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Firehouse1990Video shortBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
The Jim Henson Hour1989TV SeriesBig Bird / Oscar / Bruno
Wow, You're a Cartoonist!1988Video shortPicklepuss / Pop (voice)
Sesame Street, Special1988TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch Bruno the Trashman (voice)
Big Bird in Japan1988TV MovieBig Bird (voice)
Count It Higher: Great Music Videos from Sesame Street1988Video shortBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Let's Learn to Play Together1988Video GameBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
The Best of Ernie and Bert1988Video shortBig Bird (voice)
Sing Along1987Video shortBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
A Muppet Family Christmas1987TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Kids Like These1987TV MovieBig Bird (voice)
Learning to Add and Subtract1987Video shortBig Bird (voice)
Shalom Sesame1987TV SeriesOscar the Grouch (voice)
Sesame Street: Bedtime Stories and Songs1986Video shortBig Bird (voice)
Getting Ready to Read1986Video shortBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Learning About Numbers1986Video shortBig Bird (voice)
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years1986TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
I'm Glad I'm Me1986VideoBig Bird
Learning About Letters1986Video shortBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Follow That Bird1985Big Bird Oscar the Grouch Bruno the Trashman (voice)
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieBig Bird
Five Sesame Street Stories1985Video shortBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice, uncredited)
Three Sesame Street Stories1985Video shortBig Bird Zookeeper Oscar the Grouch (voice, uncredited)
Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art1983TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Big Bird in China1983TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
The Great Muppet Caper1981Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood1981TV SeriesBig Bird
Bob Hope on the Road to China1979TV MovieBig Bird (voice)
The Muppet Movie1979Big Bird (voice, as Carroll Spinney)
The Muppet Show1979TV SeriesBig Bird
A Walking Tour of Sesame Street1979TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
A Special Sesame Street Christmas1978TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street1978TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice, as Carroll Spinney)
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieBig Bird
The Electric Company1972-1975TV SeriesOscar the Grouch Big Bird
Out to Lunch1974TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Flip1970TV SeriesBig Bird
Bozo's Big Top1966TV SeriesMr. Lion (1966) (as Ed Spinney)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sesame Street1990-1993TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Sesame Songs: Sing-Along Earth Songs1993Video short performer: "Just Throw It My Way" 1990, "Oscar's Junk Band" 1989, "What a Gift" 1991 - uncredited
Sing Yourself Silly!1990Video short performer: "Everything in the Wrong Place Ball" 1988 - uncredited
Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Firehouse1990Video short performer: "Waiting For The Bell To Ring"
Sesame Street, Special1988TV Movie performer: "Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?"
Big Bird in Japan1988TV Movie performer: "Homesick", "Going to Kyoto", "Ichi, Ni, San"
Count It Higher: Great Music Videos from Sesame Street1988Video short performer: "Do De Rubber Duck"
Follow That Bird1985performer: "Grouch Anthem", "Ain't No Road Too Long", "One Little Star", "Easy Goin' Day", "I'm So Blue"
Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art1983TV Movie performer: "Broken and Beautiful", "You're Gonna Be a Star"
Being There1979performer: "Different Ways"
The Muppet Show1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Special Sesame Street Christmas1978TV Movie performer: "It's the Thought That Counts", "Christmas Blech", "The Six Days of Christmas", "Yakety Yak", "Christmas Medley: Jingle Bells / Sleigh Ride / Winter Wonderland / I Saw Three Ships" - uncredited
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street1978TV Movie performer: "I Hate Christmas"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Big Bird in China1983TV Movie story - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Muppet Family Christmas1987TV Movie puppeteer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2017TV SeriesHimself
Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas2016TV SpecialBig Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
In Their Own Words2015TV SeriesHimself - Muppet Performer
Today2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story2014DocumentaryHimself
Good Morning America2012-2013TV SeriesOscar / Big Bird
Drew: The Man Behind the Poster2013DocumentaryHimself
The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2012TV SpecialOscar the Grouch (voice)
Ain't It Cool with Harry Knowles2012TV SeriesHimself
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition2011TV SeriesBig Bird
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2010TV MovieBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Infanity2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Live from the Red Carpet: The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialBig Bird (voice)
The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself Big Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice, uncredited)
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2008TV Movie documentaryBig Bird (voice)
1 vs. 1002008TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2007TV Movie documentaryBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
The 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series
The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2004TV SpecialBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialBig Bird (voice)
50 Greatest TV Animals2003TV Movie documentaryBig Bird (as Big Bird)
Hollywood Squares2001TV SeriesBig Bird Oscar the Grouch
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Sesame Street Unpaved1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Elmopalooza!1998TV SpecialBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Showbiz Today1998TV SeriesOscar the Grouch
All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!1994TV SpecialBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Sesame Street Stays Up Late!1993TV SpecialBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson1990TV Movie documentaryBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting1989TV SpecialBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
The New Hollywood Squares1987TV SeriesBig Bird
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1984TV SpecialBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Henson's Place1984TV Movie documentaryBig Bird (voice, uncredited)
The Hollywood Squares1976-1980TV SeriesBig Bird Oscar the Grouch Bird Bird
The 22nd Annual TV Week Logie Awards1980TV SpecialHimself
Presenting Susan Anton1979TV SeriesHimself
NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney1978TV Movie documentaryBig Bird (voice)
Julie on Sesame Street1973TV SpecialBig Bird Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Evening at Pops1971TV Series documentaryBig Bird

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Oscar the Grouch
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey2011DocumentaryHimself
A Company of Players2008Video documentary shortBig Bird (uncredited)
Play with Me Sesame2007TV SeriesOscar the Grouch
Rove Live2003TV SeriesBig Bird
It's Not Easy Being Green1994Video shortBig Bird
Great Performances1994TV SeriesMuppet Performer
Sesame Songs: Sing-Along Earth Songs1993Video shortOscar the Grouch Big Bird
Entertainment Tonight1990TV SeriesBig Bird / Oscar
Sesame Songs: Monster Hits!1990Video shortOscar the Grouch

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Children's/EducationalSesame Street (1969)
2015BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/EducationalSesame Street (1969)· Frank Oz
· Eric Jacobson
· Martin P. Robinson
· Leslie Carrara
· Fran Brill
· David Rudman
· Joey Mazzarino
· Matt Vogel
· Ryan Dillon
2015BTVA Television Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/EducationalSesame Street (1969)· Frank Oz
· Eric Jacobson
· Martin P. Robinson
· Leslie Carrara
· Fran Brill
· David Rudman
· Joey Mazzarino
· Matt Vogel
· Ryan Dillon
2007Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesSesame Street (1969)
2006Lifetime Achievement AwardDaytime Emmy Awards
1994Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionAwarded on April 21, 1994 at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
1984Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsSpecial Classification of Outstanding Individual Achievement - PerformersSesame Street (1969)
1979Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Children's ProgrammingSesame Street (1969)· Jim Henson (performer)
· Frank Oz (performer)
· Jerry Nelson (performer)
· Richard Hunt (performer)
1976Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's ProgrammingSesame Street (1969)· Jerry Nelson
· Jim Henson
· Frank Oz
· Richard Hunt
· Gerri Brioso
1974Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Children's ProgrammingSesame Street (1969)· Jim Henson (performer)
· Frank Oz (performer)
· Jerry Nelson (performer)
· Richard Hunt (performer)
· Fran Brill (performer)
1971GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenSesame Street (1969)· Joan Ganz Cooney (produced by)
· Thomas Z. Shepard (produced by)
· Paul Williams (produced by)
· Jim Henson (performed and produced by)
· Frank Oz (performed by)
· Richard Hunt (performed by)
· Dave Goelz (performed by)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015BTVA Television Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Children's/EducationalSesame Street (1969)
2014BTVA Television Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/EducationalSesame Street (1969)· Frank Oz
· Jerry Nelson
· Martin P. Robinson
· Kevin Clash
· Fran Brill
· Steve Whitmire
· Eric Jacobson
· Leslie Carrara
· David Rudman
2012Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesSesame Street (1969)
2011Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesSesame Street (1969)
2010Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesSesame Street (1969)
1999Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesSesame Street (1969)
1998Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesSesame Street (1969)
1976GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenSesame Street (1969)· Jim Henson (produced and performed by)
· Joan Ganz Cooney (performed by)
· Thomas Z. Shepard (produced by)
· Frank Oz (performed by)
· Dave Goelz (performed by)
· Jerry Nelson (performed by)
· Richard Hunt (performed by)


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#Quote
1[on his lifelong love of performing puppetry] Somehow I was shy enough to not care about being seen. And I figured if could ever get on a TV show with a character that I enjoyed doing, it might even get famous. And voila!


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