Sad news for fans of the Muppets: the man best known as “Sesame Street’s” The Count, Muppeteer Jerry Nelson passed away on August 23, 2012. And, while his obituary on the website, ToughPigs.com admits he wasn’t one of the more famous Muppeteers, Nelson was still an indispensable part of the Muppet Team:
With the exception of the Count, his characters were never quite as huge as the Kermits or Miss Piggys or Elmos of the world. But Muppet fans know how many terrific and lovable characters he played — Herry Monster, Biff, Floyd, Dr. Strangepork, Gobo Fraggle, Pa Gorg, the Trash Heap — and Jerry was always the perfect guy for any one-shot character, be it a Whatnot, an Anything Muppet, a monster, a Frackle, or a shoddily constructed ventriloquist’s dummy. I imagine anyone who’s ever gone through the process of ascending from casual Muppet fan to major geek has had the experience of realizing just how many hundreds (thousands?) of characters Jerry played, and being amazed by it. (Just check out the “puppeteer credits” of his Muppet Wiki page for further proof.)
A toast to Jerry Nelson.
Let’s make that TWELVE toasts to Jerry Nelson:
ONE Toast! BOOHAHA!
TWO Toasts! BOOHAHA!