Jim Henson

Jim Henson


9/24/1936, Greenville, Mississippi, USA



Birth Name

James Maury Henson



Also Known As

Kermit The Frog
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Early television intrigued young Jim Henson and sparked his imagination and creativity. Seeing enormous potential for puppets in this medium, he began his career in Washington, D.C. local television. Sam and Friends, his nightly five-minute show on NBC's WRC, won Jim an Emmy in 1958 and introduced Kermit…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • The Muppet Show ended after a few seasons, but the characters have appeared in a long series of movies, beginning with 1979's The Muppet Movie. One song from that musical film, The Rainbow Connection, sung by Kermit, was nominated for an Oscar. The Muppet characters have also appeared in a large number of made-for-TV-movies and television specials.

    • On September 24, 2003, University of Maryland, College Park honored Jim Henson by holding a dedication ceremony. The ceremony dedicated a life-sized statue of University of Maryland alumnus Jim Henson, conversing with one of his favorite creations, Kermit the Frog, in front of the Adele Stamp Student Union on the College Park campus.

    • Jim named Kermit the Frog after a childhood friend from Mississippi.

    • Jim voiced Kermit in the 1969 tv movie Hey, Cinderella!.

    • The Wizard of Oz (1939) was one of his favorite films.

    • Before his career in puppetry, he would experiment with 8mm and 16mm film, often making animation.

    • A Jim Henson retrospective was held from September 1990 to February 1991 at London's Museum of the Moving Image.

    • Harry Belafonte sang the much beloved song "Turn the World Around" from The Muppet Show (1976) at Jim's funeral. It was reported to be his favorite.

    • Was a good friend of George Lucas, who originally offered him the role of Yoda in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

    • Created the original Kermit the Frog out of his mother's old coat and a ping-pong ball. In the beginning Kermit was not a frog, but a lizard-like character.

    • He is the father of Brian Henson, Lisa Henson, Heather Henson, Cheryl Henson and John Henson.

  • Quotes

    • Jim Henson: Despite this discussion of things spiritual - I still think of myself as a very 'human' being. I have the full complement of weaknesses, fears, problems, ego, and sensuality. But I think this is why we're here - to work our way through all this, and, hopefully, come out a bit wiser and better for having gone through it all.

    • Jim Henson: Simple is good.

    • Jim Henson: Some people claim Kermit is my alter-ego. I'm not sure I know what that means. I like to work Kermit because there's a lot of leeway for ad-libbing, which I don't have with most other characters but I'm not sure that I'm not Kermit.

    • Jim Henson: If our 'message' is anything, it's a positive approach to life. That life is basically good. People are basically good.

    • Jim Henson: I think there are lots of ways of leading very good lives and growing spiritually. This process of growth goes on whether we believe in it or not.

    • Jim Henson: I spend a few minutes in meditation and prayer each morning. I find that this really helps me to start the day with a good frame of reference. As part of my prayers, I thank whoever is helping me - I'm sure that somebody or something is - I express gratitude for all my blessings and try to forgive the people that I'm feeling negative toward. I try hard not to judge anyone, and I try to bless everyone who is part of my life, particularly anyone with whom I am having any problems.

    • Jim Henson: I don't know exactly where ideas come from, but when I'm working well ideas just appear. I've heard other people say similar things - so it's one of the ways I know there's help and guidance out there. It's just a matter of our figuring out how to receive the ideas or information that are waiting to be heard.

    • Jim Henson: I believe that life is basically a process of growth - that we go through many lives, choosing situations and problems that we will learn through.

    • Jim Henson: I believe in taking a positive attitude toward the world, toward people, toward my work. I think I'm here for a purpose. I think it's very likely that we all are, but I'm only sure about myself. I try to tune myself in to whatever it is that I'm supposed to be, and I try to think of myself as a part of all of us - all mankind and all life. I find it's not easy to keep these lofty thoughts in mind as the day goes by, but it certainly helps me a great deal to start out this way.

    • Jim Henson: When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope still is to leave the world a little bit better for my having been here. It's a wonderful life and I love it.

  • The most famous puppeter

    Jim Henson, - Jim Henson is the world's most famous puppeter, bringing to the world some of the most famous creations, from Kermit the Frog to sesmese street. (sorry spelt that wrong) His creations have had people grown up with them, laugh with them and learn together. His contributions were great and nothing would be the same without him. He sad death in the early 90's changed everything, a sad loss. Even at the hands of his death, his great contributions still affect the world as they did when he created them. He made the world a better place to live inmoreless
  • What a brilliant, clever, imaginative, humorous, creative man.

    Jim Henson really does deserve all the superlatives you can think of. He loved life and his enthusiasm and great sense of humour was show repeatedly in the sketches he did with his adorable Muppets.

    The previous review, by Mighty Elroy, is an excellent recap of Jim's achievements. If you would like to know more, go to www.muppetcentral.com. They have some excellent articles and tributes to this wonderful man. Time Magazine named him as one of the top twenty artists and entertainers of the 20th Century. Jim also made a TV show called "Jim Henson presents The World of Puppetry" which was a fascinating documentary, showing different types of puppets and how much prcatice and skill is required to work with them.

    I was absolutely shattered when he died and just kept saying over and over, what a tragic loss to the entertainment/TV world. I am glad his family and friends were able to continue what he started because as long as "Muppets" are around, Jim Henson will never be forgotten.moreless