--> He was born on September 24, 1936 in Greenville, Mississippi and he died of pneumonia on May 16, 1990.
--> TV was a BIG influence on his childhood/future! He adored Burr Tillstrom from the show, Kukla, Fran, and Ollie.
--> During his youth, he messed around with many different visual mediums, one of them being puppetry, in which he performed for his fellow Cub Scouts.
--> Jim Henson was an American puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, songwriter, musician, actor, film director, and producer.
What really drew me to him was his outgoing and creative personality. He always had a big smile on his face that made everyone around him light up with joy.
--> Henson began by performing with his puppets on a local Washington, D.C. Saturday morning program.
--> While in college, he scored a biweekly bit on a local NBS affiliate, Sam and Friends. (From this, an early version of Kermit the Frog was created.)
--> The Muppet Show was created by him in 1976.
--> Following that, he launched The Muppet Movie in 1979.
--> During his lifetime, he received many awards, including Emmys, Grammys, and a Peadbody Award.
--> After all of this occurred, Henson founded the Jim Henson Company, where he created many of his characters.
--> Henson began his love for puppetry very early in his childhood. He fell in love with the thought of performing puppetry! Well before his teen years he was already performing.
--> By the 70's, Henson had created his Muppet characters and developed The Muppet Show.
--> In 1969, he worked as a producer on the children's show, Sesame Street.
--> Henson's work could be found from the early makings of Sesame Street to the recent remakes of The Muppets.
--> You can also find his work at the Center For Puppetry arts, as well as the Museum of the moving image.
--> www.jimhensonlegacy.org is a wonderful website that will show a lot of his amazing artwork rather than only puppetry.
"If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn't anything you can't do if you want to." - Jim Henson
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--> His grandmother was his role model growing up.
--> She was an extremely creative painter, quilter, and needleworker. (Now you see where is artist in his family came from.)
--> Henson was at his grandmother's house almost everyday, where he found his true love for the art of puppetry.
--> While others may argue, I can tell this was not the only reason why, but definitely a part of it.
--> Kermit was not just an overnight project. He was created through many doodles, plans, etc.
--> Henson started with small doodles that almost look pointless.
--> After doodling, he began planning on how to construct his art.
--> He would then construct his physical piece of art, but... never fully.
--> He would always continue improving his artwork. Nothing was ever set in cement when it came to his work.
...to conclude, Jim Henson was a very powerful and well-missed artist, who literally brought artwork to life! (& it all started with a dream.) He's a strong inspiration to me and many others! Thank you.