There is no show more beloved in the children’s television pantheon than Sesame Street, and today the cast and crew lost one of its original members, Jerry Nelson. Nelson was the creator and voice of Count von Count, Herry Monster and many more characters. Jim Henson’s daughter Lisa released a statement about Nelson’s death today saying, Jerry “joined the Jim Henson Co. in the earliest years, and his unique contributions to the worlds of Fraggles, Muppets, Sesame Street and so many others are, and will continue to be, unforgettable.” The L.A. Times notes that “On The Muppet Show, Nelson performed Sgt. Floyd Pepper (bassist for the Electric Mayhem), the boomerang fish thrower Lew Zealand and Kermit’s nephew, Robin. On Fraggle Rock, he was Gobo Fraggle and Marjory the Trash Heap, among other characters. He played the role of the telethon announcer in last year’s big screen The Muppets.”
All day long friends have been sharing some of his best Sesame Street clips, so I thought I’d showcase them here for you now, along with some from The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock. You’ll be surprised at how many of your favorite moments were Jerry’s creation!
Photo via Sesame Workshop