Caroll Spinney, the Man Behind ‘Sesame Street’ Characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, is Retiring After Nearly 50 Years

Caroll Spinney, the Man Behind ‘Sesame Street’ Characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, is Retiring After Nearly 50 Years

After half a century as a puppeteer on Sesame Street, Caroll Spinney has decided it’s time to walk away. On Wednesday, news broke that the 84-year-old has announced his retirement from the long-running children’s program. He’s been with the show since its premiere back in 1969. That’s impressive. If you weren’t familiar with Spinney by […]

Must-Watch: Sesame Street’s ‘Birdman’ Parody Starring Big Bird and Caroll Spinney (Video)

Must-Watch: Sesame Street’s ‘Birdman’ Parody Starring Big Bird and Caroll Spinney (Video)

With the Academy Awards coming up on Sunday, there’s a lot of attention being thrown at Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), the Michael Keaton-starring film directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Many expect the film to win a slew of Oscars, including Best Picture. So what better movie to be the target of an amazing parody […]

Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird and Me (Caroll Spinney Interview)

Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird and Me (Caroll Spinney Interview)

Caroll Spinney may be the most unknown famous person in America… “It’s the Bird and Grouch who’s famous, not me,” says Spinney, the man who has spent the last 43 years in a bird costume (and a trash can) as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Muppets creator Jim Henson once acknowledged Spinney as “the […]