Photo of Jim Henson Jim Henson

Born in Greenville, Miss., on Sept. 24, 1936, Jim Henson invented the Muppets when he was still a teenager. The adorable puppets appeared on numerous television shows and commercials before the advent of the groundbreaking educational show "Sesame Street" in 1969.

The smash hit gave the Muppets instant popularity, and in 1976 they starred in "The Muppet Show," which became an international hit. Several feature films followed, including The Muppet Movie and The Muppets Take Manhattan.

In addition to writing, directing and producing numerous Muppet television shows and movies, Henson voiced many of the characters, including the popular Kermit the Frog -- who was often called Henson's alter ego. He also created other children's shows, notably "Fraggle Rock." Henson died May 1, 1990, from bacterial pneumonia; his funeral was attended by more than 1,000 people and Muppets.

Jim Henson in Labyrinth

Labyrinth

1986 PG

In this Jim Henson-directed fantasy, teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) embarks on a life-altering quest when she attempts to rescue her little brother, Toby (Toby Froud), from the clutches of treacherous Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie), who lives in a castle surrounded by a giant labyrinth. With just 13 hours to plot a course through the dangerous maze, Sarah must grow up fast, learn her responsibilities and muster supreme courage.

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