I don't tend to write obituaries for people who spent the majority of their careers behind the camera. I don't mean this as any slight to the unsung contributions of the men and women who work behind the scenes, but I figure that the sad truth is that most people reading a TV website probably won't care that much about anyone who isn't very famous. That said, I'm making an exception here.
Jerry Nelson, a puppeteer who has helped put together beloved children's program Sesame Street for over forty years, died yesterday at the age of 78. Nelson is best known for providing the voice and movements for classic number obsessed vampire Count Von Count, but was also the man behind such beloved characters as Snuffleupagus, Sherlock Hemlock, Camilla the Chicken, and Kermit's nephew Robin the Frog. Nelson was also a fixture on fellow Jim Henson series Fraggle Rock, where he played Gobo Fraggle.
The Sesame Street Workshop released the following statement - "He will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide. We will miss his extraordinary spirit and the joy he brought to our Street."
Jerry Nelson, 1934-2012