He Was Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch: Farewell Caroll Spinney, Sesame Steet Muppeteer

Caroll Spinney, Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 33rd Annual Creative Arts EMMY Awards, with Oscar the Grouch (Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage)

You may not have know the name Caroll Spinney, but you are probably familiar with the role he played for 50 years. Spinney, the puppeteer -- or Muppeteer -- who portrayed both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, died on December 8, 2019, at the age of 85. Spinney had been a cast member on Sesame Street from its beginning in 1969 through his retirement in 2018. Let us look back at the remarkable career for this maverick puppeteer and childhood icon.