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Remembering Richard Hunt

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Phillip, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    It's hard to believe, but twelve years ago today the wonderful and talented Richard Huntpassed away. Performer of favorites such as Scooter, Janice, Junior Gorg, Forgetful Jones, and more. Richard had a unique style and characterization that has been sorely missed. Take some time today to remember Richard in your own way today and remember the countless lives he touched. Let us know what you will remember most about Richard.

    Our Richard Hunt tributes are here...


    Also check our Emmy's Richard Hunt site...


    Jamie also designed a tribute menu which is on the front of the site today.
  2. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Well-Known Member

    love statler, scooter, and janice...those were some great characters from the muppet show. forgetful jones and don music are some of my old favorites from sesame street. those were also classic characters.

    richard really did have an impact on the muppet show and sesame street because of all the wonderful characters he did and also in fraggle rock too, though i haven't seen that show in a long time.

    quite a talanted guy who had a great imagination

  3. matleo

    matleo Active Member

    I loe Richard's characters. I love the energy that he brought to the Muppets. His characters always had so much life and zest to them. They were characters you wanted to know. You felt empathy for Beaker, wanted to rock out with Janice, you wanted to hang out with Scooter, you wanted to comfort and Don Music, and you wanted to tel Jr. gorg to leave the Fraggles alone.
    Richard's was a gifted performer whose main contribution was a zany energy that just hasn't been matched. We miss you Richard, and we miss your humor.

  4. Benjamina

    Benjamina New Member

    :eek: I can hardly believe that it has been 12 years already, not to mention soon to be fourteen for Jim. It is sad that good people go. :boo: In remberance of Richard Hunt, I just want to express my appreciation for one of the many talented Muppeteers that were a part of the team of Henson Productions. What I remember most about him was his voice, it was very distinct, atleast to me...he was very talented as a singer, and I enjoyed listening to him when he played one of his Muppet charecters or any of the "whatnots" or "anything muppets" on the Muppet Show and Sesame Street. Mr. Hunt, you will be missed!! He was a very, very cool guy! ;)
  5. Skeeter Muppet

    Skeeter Muppet Active Member

    There was a short story I read for a creative writing class last year called "In the Gloaming" by Alice Elliot Dark. It was about a mother spending time with her adult son, who was dying of AIDS. At one point in the story, a friend of the dying young man mistakenly heard that the son had passed away and sent the mother a sympathy card. In the card the friend said of him, "[He] was the most vital, funniest person I ever met."

    That quote not only describes the character in the story, but it fits Richard as well. Everything I've read about him, from the tributes here at Muppet Central and at Emmy's site, to what was said about him at MuppetFest and written about him in Of Muppets and Men and Jim Henson: The Works portrays Richard as a kind, funny and generous man who loved what he did for a living and the impact that it had.

    Like most people, I didn't learn about Richard's passing until I saw the dedication in the opening credits of Muppet Christmas Carol. Being a fledgling Muppet fan (born the year the Muppet Show ended its five season run, barely remembered Fraggle Rock or the first three movies but knew Muppet Babies), I didn't really know who Richard Hunt was until I heard Statler's voice and knew that it was different. So I surmised that Richard had been Statler's performer the same way Jim was Waldorf's. At the time I had no idea of big a hole Richard's passing had left in the Muppet family.

    I think maybe that's why I was so pleased to see Scooter back in the fold, so to speak, in IAVMMC. Not simply because he's my favorite Muppet and it was his first appearance in ten years. But because, in a way, it feels like Richard's spirit is back with the Muppets as well.

    So here's to you, Richard. I hope you're bringing as much life and laughter to Heaven as you brought to us here on Earth.

  6. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    Hooooooooooraaaay for Richard!!! ... we miss you.

    ;) :boo: :flirt: :eek: ... and the ocassional :zany:
  7. ChellisPal

    ChellisPal Member

    Thanks You Richard Hunt
    ;) :boo: :flirt: :eek:
  8. monkeymuppet

    monkeymuppet New Member

    I remeber when I first got The Works. I flipped through all the pages to look at the pictures and Richard stood out. Looking at his pictures I could tell he was so full of life, so spunky. I instantly became a fan and everything I read about him makes me love him even more. Ah, and his voice... You're so awesome!
    Some interesting articles about Richard I found...
  9. Skeeter Muppet

    Skeeter Muppet Active Member

    Nice articles. I really enjoyed the second one. You don't happen to have the picture that went with it, do you?

  10. monkeymuppet

    monkeymuppet New Member

    I wish I did, but there wasnt a picture in the newspaper archive where I found the article. Does anybody have that picture?
  11. camillachick

    camillachick New Member

    At work today I started singing this Sesame Street song about different types of homes when I realized the anything muppet who was an eskimo must have been voiced by Richard Hunt. (really hope I'm not mistaken here)
    Anyway the boy sang about living in an igloo and not wanting to ever leave it. While he was singing a seal or something kept throwing fish at him. It was quite a funny bit. I wonder which puppeter was operating the seal.
    As for Hunt's other characters- they are all a really great part of the muppet family which would not be the same without them.
  12. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I could believe he was gone until when I watched AVMMCM. I know thats wrong to think that he was around but it was then when I watched it that Scooter or Janice didn't have the same voice I remembered. I guessed when watching MCC I didn't relised that Richard Hunt was mention about his death. He was one of my favorite Performers when he was, Don Music, Gladys the Cow and Sully (even if he didn't say much) and That Flmingo (can't spell name) I know it starts w/ a letter "P" but can't spell it. Well hope to the best that one day I'll get to see Richard and Jim. I hate the word death and Die. They send shivers down my back. (Wooooo) Well miss u very much! Love you! :eek:
  13. Thijs

    Thijs Member

    If there is one muppeteer who can make me happy, it's Richard Hunt. His sweet voice, his beautiful singing. The love and humour he put in his charcaters was so special. There will never be a puppeteer like Hunt, ever.
  14. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I'm late on this, but I have appreciated Richard for his humor, which includes his acting. His characters were soft and sweet (excusing Statler), but his timing was impeccable and his performance was indescribable.

    One of the most special photos in The Works is the one of him with Animal and the kids. You can tell he not only enjoyed his work and life, but he enjoyed being the fun-loving guy we all have heard about, as well as enjoyed entertaining people. In this photo, he was obviously having so much fun showing those kids a tour of the studios, and taking Animal out and performing him for the kids who were enjoying it just as much. Then, you see the softer side of him sitting down, reading a paper, and wearing Sweetums' legs! HA! That's funn-ee stuff.

    It's always terrible to lose special talent like that, but he's left a legacy of characters and memories for us to cherish.
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    He had a certain something...like when I'm watching an old muppet skit, and I see and hear a certain characters, I would know and blurt out "that's Richard Hunt!" One of my most favorite Hunt characters is Pugsy from the Bunny Picnic. I'm sure he would be just as great of a performer if he were still with us today. I'll miss you Richard Hunt ;) :boo: :flirt: :eek:
  16. Mark Filton

    Mark Filton New Member

    Such a beautiful voice. So much talent, so very nice of a guy :D

    I miss the special guys so much :cry: :cry: :cry:
  17. janicegroupie

    janicegroupie New Member

    I totally miss Richard Hunt. He seemed like he would have been such a fun, nice person to meet and talk to. His characters are amazing because of him. I love Scooter especially his voice and just his personality. Statler always cracks me up. He did a great job with Junior making him funny and lovable. Placido Flamingo had an amazing voice and Don Music was just one of a kind. My favorite of all his characters was Janice. He made her into a character you can believe in. I find myself wanting to be best friends with her. :flirt: I love how laid back she is and the cool voice and seeing her and Floyd together. Richard Hunt really knew how to bring his characters to life. Basically I guess what I'm getting to is Richard was such a great performer and person and I miss him every time I watch the Muppets.
  18. guysmiley4ever

    guysmiley4ever New Member

    :cry: wow, Richard Hunt was so awesome. He was some of my favorite characters.
    I didn't realize he had died until I saw 'The Muppet Christmas Carol' and saw his name at the end.
    Sigh, Henson's death was hard to take, but was just as sad when I found out who Richard Hunt was.
    I didn't realize how young he was! I thought he was like 60s-70s when he died. Don't know why I thought that, but that's even more sad.
    *sniff* Henson was too young, also. Them great guys did so many wonderful things and had many great accomplishments.
    :) If they would have been here today, we could only imagine what amazing stuff they'd do with all this wild technology! :zany:
  19. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    It was very sad when Richard Hunt died of ADS in 1992 and it was the same year that I was born 1992 a few months after that.
  20. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    Well my older brother Matthew use watch Fraggle rock when he was little but my mom might think I watched something like that.
    So I don't renember watching Fraggle rock as a little kid.
    Anyway Richard Hunt died 2 years after Jim Henson died in 1990.
    So Richard died only a few months before I was born that was in 1992 and that was the same year that the Muppet christmas Carol came out and I was also born in that year.

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