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Did Jim Henson smoke cigarettes or take drugs?

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Prof Bunsen, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. Prof Bunsen

    Prof Bunsen Well-Known Member

    I remember going through the Muppet Show Pitch Reel again and there's a picture of him behind Leo showing him holding something, but I don't know if that's a cigarette or just a pen. However, it never mentions in Brian Jones' groundbreaking biography on whether or not he smoked tobacco. And the only other evidence I've seen of anyone else smoking is Jerry Juhl smoking a pipe while working on The Cube.

    Does anyone know whether or not Jim Henson smoked anything, whether it be tobacco or cannabis? I know this is kind of a controversial topic, which adds to the fun, so I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on this.
     
  2. OscarandTelly

    OscarandTelly Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure but if he did its nothing to look down at since smoking was a lot more common back then and wasn't known to be as dangerous.
     
  3. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Personally, if he did then it’s no big deal.

    I mean, end of the day, what he puts in his body is his choice.
     
  4. OscarandTelly

    OscarandTelly Well-Known Member

    Years back during the MySpace days I looked up imani Patterson's profile. He played Miles in sesame street from 1995-2002 and under smoking it said yes. Do I look at him differently because of that? Absolutely not. I still think he's a great actor and him being miles on a children's show and who he is in real life are 2 totally different things.
     
  5. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    My thoughts exactly.
     
  6. Prof Bunsen

    Prof Bunsen Well-Known Member

    I was only curious if he did or not. I would not have any different impressions of him if he did, he's still one of my heroes. But I just wanted to talk about it. See if anyone had any evidence that he was a smoker.
     
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt were known to pass a doobie back and forth.
     
  8. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    I know Jim dropped LSD one time.
     
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  9. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Fixed that for you because he's dead, Jim.
     
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    And absolutely nothing happened.
     
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  11. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    You got me there. :shifty:
     
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  12. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    I doubt he engaged in that kind of stuff. Even if it was briefly, I wouldn't like to believe Jim had a puff or took a drug. But he passed long ago, so yeah, it's not a big deal.
     
  13. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    That was mentioned in the Brian Jay Jones biography, which is a good read.
     
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  14. Prof Bunsen

    Prof Bunsen Well-Known Member

    Amen to that. That was a great book. Learned a lot about the man, his faults, his ambitions, his lifelong friends. I should re-read that sometime.
     
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  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I've read the whole thing twice, and skimmed through certain passages dozens of times. Brian Jay Jones is most excellent in not overlooking any small, insignificant details - even right down to how Jim was dressing and how he was cutting his hair and beard in certain phases and eras of his life and career.
     


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