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RIP Jerry Nelson, Muppeteer Behind The Count, Herry Monster and More

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Jerry Nelson

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!

  • Herry Monster Counts to 20 with John John 1 of 8
    Herry Monster Counts to 20 with John John
    So, so, so, so cute.

  • Fat Blue Tries to Order Soup from Grover 2 of 8
    Fat Blue Tries to Order Soup from Grover
    Surely you remember this hilarious classic!

  • The Count’s Song from 1973 3 of 8
    The Count's Song from 1973
    Ah ah ah ah ah!

  • The Count and Cookie Monster Cooperate 4 of 8
    The Count and Cookie Monster Cooperate
    Are you watching, politicians?

  • Rockin’ out with Debbie Harry and The Electric Mayhem 5 of 8
    Rockin' out with Debbie Harry and The Electric Mayhem
    Call me!

  • The Trash Heap Singing “I’ve Seen Troubles” 6 of 8
    The Trash Heap Singing "I've Seen Troubles"
    From Fraggle Rock.

  • Lew Zealand and Ralph Sing Tea for Two Backwards 7 of 8
    Lew Zealand and Ralph Sing Tea for Two Backwards
    Much very you thank.

  • Farley Sings “Figure It Out” 8 of 8
    Farley Sings "Figure It Out"
    I'd never heard this song until now, and as a kid who was always told how she felt, boy does this make me want to cry! Definitely play this one for your kids.

Photo via Sesame Workshop

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