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Caroll Spinney

American puppeteer best known for his roles as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the children's series "Sesame Street"

Caroll Edwin Spinney (born December 26, 1933) is an American actor, puppeteer, voice artist, and comedian.[1] He is known for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street.

Caroll Spinney
Spinney at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan in October 2010
Caroll Edwin Spinney

(1933-12-26) December 26, 1933 (age 85)
Other namesCarroll Spinney
Ed Spinney
Carol Spinney
Carol Edwin Spinney
Caroll Edwin Spinney
Carroll Edwin Spinney
Carrol Spinney
Carrol Edwin Spinney
OccupationActor, puppeteer, voice artist, comedian
Years active1955–2018
Spouse(s)Debra Spinney (?–present)
Children3 children
4 grandchildren

Spinney announced his retirement from his acting in October 2018, with his last performance as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch airing on the show's 50th season special.[2]


  1. Stephenson, Kathy; Horiuchi, Vince. "Q is for 'quiz': Celebrating 40 years of 'Sesame Street'". The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 November 2009.
  2. Itzkoff, Dave (October 17, 2018). "Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves 'Sesame Street' After Nearly 50 Years". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved October 17, 2018.

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