Oct 20, 2010
Weekly Muppeteer Wednesdays: Jerry Nelson
Our Weekly Muppeteer Wednesdays article this week is once again written by our good friend Tom Stroud! Thanks to Tom for all of his great work!
July 10, 1934
Count von Count, Floyd Pepper, Robin the Frog, Lew Zealand, Gobo Fraggle, Julius Strangepork, Pops, Camilla the Chicken, Crazy Harry, The Amazing Mumford, Sherlock Hemlock, Mr. Johnson (Fat Blue), Marjory the Trash Heap, Pa Gorg, Two-Headed Monster, Herry Monster, Uncle Deadly, Angus McGonagle the Argyle Gargoyle
WHO WAS JERRY NELSON?
Jerry Nelson began to work with Jim Henson in 1965, when Henson needed someone to perform Rowlf's right hand on The Jimmy Dean Show due to Frank Oz getting drafted. Even though Oz failed his draft physical, he chose to take some time off performing, allowing Jerry to stay on. Many his first major roles were in The Tales from Muppetland specials, including Featherstone and Robin the Frog. He also performed in various variety show appearances, as well as Emmet Otter in Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.
Beginning in 2001, health problems began to cause Jerry to phase out of performing some of his characters, some of which were moved to silent, background roles, and some of which were recast. Floyd, Robin, Lew Zealand, and Crazy Harry are now being performed by Matt Vogel, and Jerry's half of Two-Headed Monster is now performed by Joey Mazzarino. Jerry continues to provide voice-over performances for most of his Sesame Street characters, including The Count and Fat Blue. However, Matt Volgel typically does the puppeteering.
In 2009, Jerry released his very first solo music album entitled Truro Daydreams. The album is currently available for download on DigStation for only $9.99. If you haven't already done so, you're truly missing out if you don't download this amazing, soulful, and, above all, fun album!
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