Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt


8/16/1951, Bronx, New York, USA



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Richard Hunt

is literally a born actor; everyone in his family has at some time worked in show business. His father, now deceased, was an actor. His brother a singer. His mother and three sisters are involved in show business…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Richard Hunt attended Jim Henson's memorial where he opened the memorial with a speech, sang with his fellow Muppeteers including Simon Smith and his Dancing Bear with Frank Oz, and started with Scooter singing Just One Person.

    • Richard Hunt's main Muppet, Scooter the Go-fer, has been Muppeteered by his brother, Adam Hunt in the movie Muppets from Space.

    • The first person to recognize Richard was current Muppeteer David Rudman who figured out who he was at a party after having seen him on 60 Minutes.

    • Richard had a history of being very generous and would always try to pay the bill when going out to eat with friends.

    • Of all his Muppets, only Beaker and Statler currently have new Muppeteers. Scooter and Janice have talked again every now and then, but their Muppeteers have changed.

    • Richard Hunt is a big fan of Opera. It's interesting considering the fact that there have been multiple times he's sung Opera.

    • During the first season of The Muppet Show, Richard Hunt shared the character of Miss Piggy with muppeteer/director Frank Oz; however Oz ended up keeping the character up until his turn to directing.

  • Quotes

    • Hunt: I talked a lot like him (Scooter). 'Cause he's my voice (In Scooter's voice when I was younger like this!

  • So few people nowadays know the name Richard Hunt. The man behind so many beloved characters that it's a shame kids of today probably won't know him. Hopefully they can start here.moreless

    Probably the best known Richard Hunt muppet today is everyone's favorite guinea pig Beaker (now Steve Whitmire). It is a shame that it has (and probably will continue) to take so long for his others (like Go-fer Scooter and opera star Placido Flamingo) to rise into popularity, or even get a definite puppeteer. One of his characters to recently get a (hopefully permanent) new puppeteer, is valley girl Janice on Studio DC: Almost Live. With a new fraggle rock movie there's bound to be an appearance of one of his other puppets, Junior Gorg, who'll most likeley have a new voice and somewhat different personality. Junior, Janice, and Beaker might not have the same energy or amount of lines as before, but maybe someday "Children of Tomorrow" will know the name Richard Hunt. After all, he's just a dream away...moreless
  • He was so beautiful and created so many wonderful muppet characters. Love you always Richard!!

    Responsible for so many cool muppets - such as Janice, Scooter and Sweetums. So sad that he become another victim of Aids. Also love the way he and Jerry Nelson worked together. I would keep going but I read somewhere he hated sentimental stuff so stop before i offend his spirit