Caroll Spinney, the actor who played Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch on Sesame Street, passed away at the age of 85. Reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the media claimed that the star died last Sunday.
The media claims that Spinney died at his home in Connecticut after suffering dystonia for some years. During his time on the show, Caroll received several Daytime Emmy awards for his work on Sesame Street, in addition to a career award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2006.
According to Bob McGrath, a veteran of Sesame Street, children from 2 to 7 years old loved Sesame Street, particularly Big Bird, and every time they acted in front of the children, he says he was like "Woodstock,quot; because they loved him so much.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Caroll Edwin Spinney was born on December 26, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts, and from a young age, he loved puppets and was often intimidated by that.
A difficult relationship with his father led him to join the United States Air Force when he was 19 years old. Frank Avruch, also known as Bozo The Clown, praised Spinney for his portrayal of Big Bird, stating that he was "very creative, a wonderful artist."
THR states that Spinney was in a multitude of episodes, in fact, thousands of them, and appeared in the series more than any other character during his almost 50 years in the series. The star earned about $ 300,000 per year until he finally retired.
In addition, he won a role in the NBC special in 1983, Big Bird in China, which was shot in the country after the beginning of the nation's willingness to do business with the United States. In 2015, Spinney stopped acting like Big Bird because it was too much work to fit inside the costume.
Spinney is survived by his wife, Debra, whom he met in 1972 when she was employed by the Children's Television Workshop, along with her three children, Melissa, Benjamin and Jessica.