Jerry Nelson is a principal puppeteer for the Jim Henson Company. He has created countless characters including Robin the Frog, Sgt. Floyd Pepper, The Count, and many more. Jerry started out puppeteering for Bil Baird. Throughout the 60s, he worked on-and-off with Henson. Then in 1970, he joined the company and began working regularly on "Sesame Street." Since then, Jerry has performed in numerous Muppet productions including the Muppet movies, "The Muppet Show," and various TV specials. His current work includes puppeteering on "Sesame Street." Jerry Nelson went to retirement in 2009 when he suffered from Emphysema. In 2011, He played the announcer for the movie: "The Muppets" one last time. On August 24th 2012, He passed away from Emphysema at age 78.