Birth Name: Jim Henson
Birth Place: Leland, Mississippi, USA
Death Place: New York City, New York, USA
The man who would grow up to become the most successful American puppeteer in modern American television history was born James Maury Henson on Sept. 24, 1936 in Leland, MS. His family moved to Hyattsville, MD, near Washington, DC in the late 1940s. In 1954, while attending Northwestern High School, he began creating puppets for WTOP-TV's Saturday morning children's show. The following year, while a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park, he created "Sam and Friends," a five-minute puppet show for WRC-TV. The "Sam and Friends" creatures were already recognizable early incarnations of Muppets and the show featured a prototype version of Kermit the Frog, soon to become Henson's s...
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