Caroll Spinney
Caroll Spinney

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Name: Caroll Spinney
Occupation: Puppeteer
Gender: Male
Height: 177 cm (5' 10'')
Birth Day: December 26, 1933
Age: 87
Birth Place: Waltham, United States
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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Caroll Spinney

Caroll Spinney was born on December 26, 1933 in Waltham, United States (87 years old). Caroll Spinney is a Puppeteer, zodiac sign: Capricorn. Find out Caroll Spinneynet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


Prior to becoming a puppeteer, he created the show Rascal Rabbit in Las Vegas.

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$8 Million

Salary 2020

$2 Million

Before Fame

He served in the United States Air Force, where he used the pseudonym Ed Spinney for his comic strip creations.

Biography Timeline


Caroll Edwin Spinney was born in Waltham, Massachusetts, on December 26, 1933, to Chester and Margaret Spinney. His mother, a native of Bolton, England, named him Caroll because he was born the day after Christmas. He drew and painted from childhood, and developed a love of puppeteering when he saw a performance of "Three Little Kittens" at the age of five. This motivated him to purchase a monkey puppet from a rummage sale three years later and put on a puppet show utilizing the monkey and a plush snake. The following Christmas, his mother gave him a Punch and Judy puppet theater. He continued puppeteering throughout his childhood and adolescence and used his performances to raise money for college tuition.


In 1955, Spinney relocated to Las Vegas, where he performed in the show Rascal Rabbit. He returned to Boston, joining The Judy and Goggle Show in 1958 as a puppeteer "Goggle" to Judy Valentine's Judy. Throughout the 1960s, he performed on the Boston broadcast of Bozo's Big Top, where he played various costumed characters which included Flip Flop the Rag Doll, Mr. Rabbit, Kookie the Boxing Kangaroo as well as Mr. Lion, who created cartoon drawings from the names of children participating in the show. Through that decade, he was also a commercial artist and animator.


Spinney had three children from his first marriage to Janice Spinney, whom he married in 1960. Spinney and Janice divorced in 1971 after eleven and a half years of marriage. Spinney was married to his second wife, Debra Jean Gilroy, from 1979 until his death. In 2015, Spinney he was diagnosed with dystonia, a neurological movement disorder that causes muscle contractions.


Spinney first met Jim Henson in 1962 at a puppeteering festival, where Henson asked if he would like to "talk about the Muppets". As Spinney failed to realize the question was an employment offer, the conversation never came to pass.


In 1969, Spinney performed at a Puppeteers of America festival in Utah. His show was a mixture of live actors and puppets but was ruined by an errant spotlight that washed out the animated backgrounds. Henson was once again in attendance and noticed Spinney's performance. "I liked what you were trying to do," Henson said, and he asked once more if they could "talk about the Muppets". This time, they did have the conversation, and Spinney joined the Muppeteers full-time by late 1969.

Spinney joined Sesame Street for the inaugural season in 1969. However, he nearly left after the first season because he was not getting acceptable pay, but Kermit Love persuaded him to stay. He has performed the Big Bird and Oscar characters in Australia, China, Japan, and across Europe. As Big Bird and Oscar, Spinney conducted orchestras across the US and Canada, including the Boston Pops, and visited the White House multiple times. He provided the characters' voices on dozens of albums.


Spinney was honored with four Daytime Emmy Awards for his portrayals on the series and two Grammy Awards for his related recordings. Two recordings of Spinney's voice earned Gold Record status. For his body of work, Spinney received both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994 and the Library of Congress' Living Legend award in 2000.


At the 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards in 2006, Spinney received the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award. "I am elated and amazed to receive this honor from those who are committed to the best of what television and media have to offer, for doing what I've always wanted to do."


On October 17, 2018, Spinney officially announced his retirement from Sesame Street. His last performances as Big Bird and Oscar were recorded as part of the series' landmark 50th season, which aired in 2019, albeit Spinney's final recording session as his characters was ultimately not used in the broadcast version of the episode. The roles of Big Bird and Oscar were handed over to Matt Vogel and Eric Jacobson, respectively. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Spinney was earning over $300,000 at the time of his retirement.


On November 8, 2019, Spinney and Big Bird (played by Matt Vogel) participated in a lighting ceremony, where, by mayoral proclamation, the day was named "Caroll Spinney Day" in New York City.

On December 8, 2019, Spinney died at his home in Woodstock, Connecticut, at the age of 85, a few weeks before his 86th birthday. He was survived by his wife Debra and three children.

Family Life

Caroll married his second wife, Debra Spinney, in 1979.

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Caroll Spinney is 88 years, 9 months and 6 days old. Caroll Spinney will celebrate 89th birthday on a Monday 26th of December 2022. Below we countdown to Caroll Spinney upcoming birthday.


Recent Birthday Highlights

80th birthday - Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sesame Street

Happy 80th birthday to Caroll Spinney! Here's an interview with him (from March 2012) about his 40+ years on the show.

Caroll Spinney 80th birthday timeline

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