N E W S
   2006 | 2005 |
2004
   2003 | 2002 |
2001    2000 | 1999 | 1998



Shop for Muppet DVD's,
Replicas and Puppets

 

New Collectibles

12/10 - The Great Muppet Caper and Muppet Treasure Island Blu-ray

11/01 - The Muppets 2014 Wall Calendar

9/24 - Jim Henson: The Biography Book and Jim Henson: The Biography Audio CD

9/10 - Down at Fraggle Rock: Lost Treasures from the Jim Henson Archives Book

8/13 - The Muppet Movie Nearly 35th Anniversary Blu-ray, The Muppet Movie DVD, The Muppet Movie CD Soundtrack, and The Muppet Movie MP3 Soundtrack

6/11 - Fraggle Rock: The Complete Fourth Season DVD

 
     

 

Join the Muppet Central Mailing List

 

NEWS

Muppets star in Toyota Super Bowl ad campaign

"Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular" airs Thanksgiving

Frank Oz, Brian Jay Jones honor Jim Henson on The Today Show October 15

Muppet tech master and puppeteer Franz "Faz" Fazakas dies at 95

More >>

MERCHANDISE

"The Great Muppet Caper" and "Muppet Treasure Island" coming to Blu-ray December 10

"Jim Henson: The Biography" releases on September 24

"The Muppet Movie" anniversary edition arrives on Blu-ray

Video: "The Muppet Movie" coming to Blu-ray in 2013

More >>

Mr. Noodle, Michael Jeter Dies at 50

Courtesy of Reuters
April 1, 2003

Award-winning stage and screen actor Michael Jeter, an "actor's actor" who was beloved by children as Sesame Street's The Other Mr. Noodle, died over the weekend in Los Angeles, his publicist said on Tuesday.

Jeter, who revealed in 1997 that he had contracted HIV (news - web sites) and was a longtime supporter of AIDS (news - web sites) charities, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home on Sunday, his publicist said. The cause of his death has not been determined. Jeter was 50.

The slight, prematurely balding actor won fame and an Emmy award in 1992 for his role as wimpy assistant coach Herman Stiles in TV's "Evening Shade" opposite Burt Reynolds (news).

He was nominated twice more for "Evening Shade" before the show ended in 1994, and twice for guest appearances on "Picket Fences" and "Chicago Hope."

The Tennessee native earned a Tony award and other honors in 1990 for his Broadway performance as a dying clerk enjoying a last fling in Berlin in "Grand Hotel."

At the time of his death, Jeter was wrapping up a role in "The Polar Express" with actor Tom Hanks (news), with whom he shared the screen in "The Green Mile." In that film, Jeter played a condemned murderer who befriends a cell block mouse.

Filming was suspended on "The Polar Express" on Monday in observance of Jeter's death, his publicist said.

Born the son of a physician on Aug. 26, 1952, in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, Jeter discovered his love of acting while studying medicine at Memphis State University.

After graduation, he moved to New York and worked at a law firm while trying to land his first acting job. That came in 1979, as a small role in Milos Forman (news)'s film "Hair."

Dubbing an "actor's actor" by critics, Jeter earned rave reviews for his turn as a homeless cabaret singer in "The Fisher King" opposite Robin Williams (news).

He starred again with Williams in "Patch Adams" and "Jakob the Liar," and in Clint Eastwood (news)'s "True Crimes." His credits include "Air Bud," "Mousehunt," "Waterworld," "Tango and Cash," "Zelig" and numerous guest-starring TV and stage roles.

In 2000, Jeter began his run as the bumbling Mr. Noodle for the children's TV series "Sesame Street." He is survived by his life partner, Sean Blue, his parents and five siblings.

 
Search:
Keywords:
In Association with Amazon.com

home | news | collectibles | articles | forum | guides | radio | cards | help

Fan site Muppet Central created by Phillip Chapman. Updates by Muppet Central Staff. All Muppets, Bear
characters are copyright of The Muppets Studio. Sesame Street characters are copyright of Sesame Workshop.
Fraggle Rock, Creature Shop and similar likenesses are copyright of The Jim Henson Company.