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The man and voice behind a menagerie of colorful Muppet characters, Jerry Nelson was schooled as an actor but fell into puppet work while he was between stage roles.

Born July 10, 1934, in Tulsa, Okla., Nelson grew up in Washington, D.C., where he first met Jim Henson. The two began a long and fruitful creative collaboration when Nelson became a regular on "Sesame Street" during the landmark show's second season in 1970. Though best known for his portrayal of Count von Count (whose personality was inspired by Béla Lugosi's Count Dracula), Nelson also performed Herry Monster, Sherman Hemlock, Sgt. Floyd Pepper and Kermit the Frog's nephew, Robin.

In addition to his Muppets alter-egos, Nelson performed Gobo and Marjory the Trash Heap on "Fraggle Rock" (1983-87), while his films include voice work in The Dark Crystal (1982), The Christmas Toy (1986) and The Muppets (2011). Nelson died Aug. 23, 2012.

Jerry Nelson in The Muppet Movie

The Muppet Movie

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After deciding to pursue a career in acting, Kermit the Frog goes on a cross-country trek to find fame in Hollywood. Along the way, he meets Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the Muppets cast, and voilà, the Muppets are born.

  • Jerry Nelson in The Dark Crystal The Dark Crystal
  • Jerry Nelson in The Great Muppet Caper The Great Muppet Caper
  • Jerry Nelson in The Muppets Take Manhattan The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Jerry Nelson in The Muppet Christmas Carol The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Jerry Nelson in I Am Big Bird I Am Big Bird
  • Jerry Nelson in The Muppet Show The Muppet Show
  • Jerry Nelson in Fraggle Rock: Where It All Began Fraggle Rock: Where It All Began
  • Jerry Nelson in Muppet Treasure Island Muppet Treasure Island
  • Jerry Nelson in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
  • Jerry Nelson in Fraggle Rock: Dance Your Cares Away Fraggle Rock: Dance Your Cares Away
  • Jerry Nelson in The Radicals The Radicals
  • Jerry Nelson in Sesame Street: Sing Yourself Silly! Sesame Street: Sing Yourself Silly!
  • Jerry Nelson in Fraggle Rock Fraggle Rock
  • Jerry Nelson in Sesame Street: Elmo's Sing-Along Sesame Street: Elmo's Sing-Along
  • Jerry Nelson in Sesame Street: Kids' Favorite Songs Sesame Street: Kids' Favorite Songs
  • Jerry Nelson in Sesame Street: Let's Make Music Sesame Street: Let's Make Music
  • Jerry Nelson in Kermit's Swamp Years Kermit's Swamp Years
  • Jerry Nelson in Sesame Street: Letter of the Month Club Sesame Street: Letter of the Month Club