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Top 10 Muppeteers of all time?

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by muppetfan89, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. muppetfan89

    muppetfan89 Member

    Who do you think are the top 10 Muppeteers of all time?

    my top 10:

    1. Jim Henson
    2. Frank Oz
    3. Jerry Nelson
    4. Richard Hunt
    5. Carroll Spinney
    6. Dave Goelz
    7. Martin P. Robinson
    8. Steve Whitmire
    9. Fran Brill
    10. Kevin Clash
  2. Skekayuk

    Skekayuk Member

    Well I think my choices would be:

    1. Jim Henson
    2. Frank Oz
    3. Jerry Nelson
    4. Richard Hunt
    5. Dave Goelz
    6. Steve Whitmire
    7. Louise Gold
    8. Carroll Spinney
    9. Fran Brill
    10. Kathryn Mullen


    I wanted to include Kathy because having included the rest of the TMS 8, I didn't want to leave her out. But I have to say if I could have had two more choices I would probably have included Marty Robinson (to feature another great Sesame Puppeteer), and Jane Nebel (because she had such a key influence on the very earliest days of The Muppets).
    I expect The Big Five plus Steve Whitemire would probably feature on most people's lists.
  3. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    1. Dave Goelz
    2. Frank Oz
    3. Jim Henson
    4. Bill Baretta
    5. Steve Whitmire
    6. Jerry Nelson
    7. Caroll Spinney
    8. Richard Hunt
    9. Kevin Clash
    10. Marty Robinson

    That was very hard... :p
  4. anytimepally

    anytimepally Active Member

    1a. Jim Henson
    1b. Jerry Nelson
    3. Caroll Spinney .. seriously, why does everyone have Caroll so low? Oscar alone should be worth the top 5 :grouchy:
    4. Dave Goelz
    5. Frank Oz
    6. Louise Gold
    7. Kevin Clash
    8. Steve Whitmire
    9. Richard Hunt
    10. Brian Henson
  5. Kuriboh Man

    Kuriboh Man Active Member

    Let me think

    1.) Jim Henson
    2.) Caroll Spinney
    3.) Frank Oz
    4.) Jerry Nelson
    5.) Richard Hunt
    6.) Dave Goelz
    7.) Steve Whitmire
    8.) Bill Baretta
    9.) Brian Henson
    10.) Louise Gold
  6. travellingpat

    travellingpat Active Member

    1. Jim Henson
    2. Frank Oz
    3. Jerry Nelson
    4. Carroll Spinney
    5. Richard Hunt
    6. Dave Goelz
    7. Martin P. Robinson
    8. Steve Whitmire
    9. Fran Brill
    10. Kevin Clash
  7. Muppet Frog

    Muppet Frog Member

    1. Jim Henson
    2. Fran Brill
    3. Steve Whitmire
    4. Richard Hunt
    5. Jerry Nelson
    6. Bill Barretta
    7. Dave Goelz
    8. Louise Gold
    9. Frank Oz
    10. Brian Henson
  8. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Active Member

    My top five.
    6. Caroll Spinney
    7. Bill Baretta
    8. Marty Robinson (The funniest Muppeteer of all times)
    9. Louise Gold
    10. Kevin Clash
  9. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    1. Jim Henson
    2. Frank Oz
    3. Steve Whitmire
    4. Kevin Clash
    5. Dave Goelz
    6. Richard Hunt
    7. Jerry Nelson
    8. Marty Robinson
    9. David Rudman
    10. Fran Brill

    Based strictly on technical ability, my list should be changed slightly, but I was also basing some of my list on humor. I must say that I would also add Matt Vogel and Bill Barretta, but I was stuck on my tenth choice.

    Based only on technical ability, Frank would come first, I think. Then Steve, then Jim. But Jim is the funniest, most energetic performer of all, I think.
  10. vettech28

    vettech28 Active Member

    I think all the Muppeteers are absolutely wonderful, but if I had to put them in a top 10 list:
    1. Jim Henson
    2. Frank Oz
    3. Jerry Nelson
    4. Richard Hunt
    5. Dave Goelz
    6. Steve Whitmire
    7. Caroll Spinney
    8. Kevin Clash
    9. Fran Brill
    10. Louise Gold

    I would also like to make honorable mentions as well:
    Karen Prell
    Kathy Mullen
    Bill Barretta
    Marty Robinson
    Eric Jacobson
    David Rudman
  11. analeisa

    analeisa Member

    1. Jim Henson
    2. Frank Oz
    3. Steve Whitmire
    4. Dave Goelz
    5. Richard Hunt
    6. Jerry Nelson
    7. Caroll Spinney
    8. Bill Baretta
    9. Marty Robinson
    10. Fran Bill
  12. FletchySRF3088

    FletchySRF3088 Active Member

    I haven't seen all the muppeteer's work. but from the ones I've seen so far

    1) Richard Hunt
    2) Jim Henson
    3) Dave Goelz
    4) Steve Whitmire
    5) Frank Oz
    6) Jerry Nelson
    7) Brian Henson
    8) David Rudman
    9) Louise Gold
    10) Kevin Clash

    I chose Richard Hunt as my Number 1 because for me, whenever I watch TMS or any other specials and movies from back then, Richard's work really seems to stand out the most for me. He has this certain energy and zaniness that really shines through in any character he plays but most especially in Scooter, Beaker and Sweetums.
  13. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Here are mine and I picked these as my top because they have come in and taken over a Muppet's voice for whatever reason.

    1. Eric Jacbobson

    2. Steve Whitmere

    3. Bill Bereta

    4. Dave Gozle

    5. Richard Hunt

    6. Kevin Clash

    7. Brian Henson (I never thought he made a good Janice, or Newsman, but his Scooter was real good)

    8. Marty P. Roberson (He is really the only Snuffy I know)

    9. Jerry Nelson

    10 David Ruban (I'm still getting use to his Scooter and Janice)
  14. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    1. Frank Oz (sharpest natural skills and best performer hands-down) :o
    2. Jim Henson (of course) :)
    3. Dave Goelz (soulfulness and zaniness) :concern:
    4. Richard Hunt (made the most of any and every performance)
    5. Jerry Nelson (distinct voice and performance every time)
    6. Bill Barretta (won me over instantly and continues to do so)
    7. Caroll Spinney (most dedication and character consistency)
    8. Steve Whitmire (Wembley...what else needs to be said)
    9. Karen Prell (sheer spark and energy always)
    10. Fran Brill (distinct voice and performance like Jerry)

    Honorable Mentions:
    - Eric Jacobson for doing such a fantastic job with Frank's classic characters. There are so many people out there who haven't noticed a difference!
    - Brian Henson for being an excellent performer when he has the time.
    - Marty P. Roberson because I like Telly and Snuffy's quiet desperation.
    - David Rudman for the job he's been doing with both his and Richard's characters
  15. Muppet Newsgirl

    Muppet Newsgirl Active Member

    Wow...you guys are right, that is a tough one. Jim assembled himself a really broad talent pool, of course. But I agree: it's a given that Jim, Frank, Jerry, Richard and Dave would show up on everyone's list.

    Here's my list, in no particular order:

    Jim Henson
    Frank Oz
    Jerry Nelson
    Richard Hunt
    Dave Goelz
    Karen Prell
    Louise Gold
    Kevin Clash
    Steve Whitmire
    David Rudman
  16. Gelfling Girl

    Gelfling Girl Active Member

    Let's see...

    1. Jim Henson
    (Why wouldn't he be on this list?)
    2. Richard Hunt
    (Miss Piggy, I'll let you finish, but Beaker and Janice are the greatest Muppets ever. ;))
    3. Jerry Nelson
    (The Trash Heap has spoken. Nyah!)
    4. Frank Oz
    (Such amazing talents: Miss Piggy, Sam, Fozzie...)
    5. Dave Goelz
    (Major fan of Zoot and Boober)
    6. Steve Whitmire
    (Bean Bunny!)
    7. David Rudman
    (BoRhap <3)
    8. Louise Gold

    (I <3 Annie Sue)
    9. Carroll Spinney
    (I share a birthday with him!)
    10. Tyler Bunch
    (Treelo is my favorite Bear in the Big Blue House character)


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