Remembering Caroll Spinney, ‘Sesame Street’ puppeteer behind Big Bird

Spinney, who died over the weekend at 85, spent five decades as the puppeteer of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
2:03 | 12/09/19

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Caroll spinney from the day "Sesame street" launched in 1969 he was there voicing and operating both Oscar the grouch and the one and only big bird and this morning, the world is mourning the death of the puppeteer who brought out the kid in all of us. He was every kid's best friend. sunny days Reporter: And a family fixture on TV sets for over five decades. That signature voice of big bird. I got you. You got me. Reporter: And Oscar the grouch. Oh I love trash Reporter: Made famous by this man, Mr. Caroll spinney. I'm not particularly a household name which is fine. Big bird is. Reporter: Spinney turning big bird into a household name thanks to what he calls his adultability to still think like a kid. It wasn't just relating to kids that spinney was so good at but also helping them learn. One of the great things when they decided to make this show was to have it be as funny as it is educational and so it's a light-hearted approach to education. Children actually identify with big bird. And I don't know if they identify with Oscar, but he's certainly got his position. It took me a while to accept that he was in the show even though I was doing him pretty well. I thought, why is he here? He's actually -- borders on if that's not rude it sure is bordering on it. Reporter: As so many remember the impact that big bird and Oscar the grouch made on their childhoods. I'm sure that big bird is the most well-known children's character in the world and it's really neat. It's due to Caroll and his talent. What a guy. Caroll said big bird is super famous. I am not and it's just the way I like it. He was very happy to be anonymous and said with big bird his mission was to tell kids it's good to speak up, it's okay to make a mistake and it's all right to be sad sometimes. I know how much you adored Yeah, I did. We'll miss him so much.

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