While Elmo isn’t my favorite Muppet ever, Kevin Clash is one of my favorite puppeteers ever. So I don’t even think I want to believe the accusations now facing him, that he had a sexual relationship with a minor. Kevin Clash is awesome and can do no wrong, dammit.
Today is Jim Henson’s birthday… he would’ve been 76. The man redefined generations of kids’ entertainment and changed the world. There won’t be another Jim Henson for 100 generations.
Nelson’s credits on Muppets were generally supporting characters like Camilla the Chicken, Sgt. Floyd Pepper of Electric Mayhem or Lew Zealand. In Fraggle Rock he played the lead Fraggle, Gobo, and in Sesame Street he was Sherlock Hemlock, Count Von Count, and Mr. Snuffleupagus. This short list of more well known characters does little to illustrate the involvement he had with Jim Henson since the very beginning of the Muppets, and his more stand out characters took advantage of his singing voice. He was last heard as an announcer in 2011’s The Muppets.