Puppeteer Jerry Nelson, famous for voicing numerous Muppet characters such as Count Von Count and Herry Monster from “Sesame Street,” died in his Cape Cod, Mass. home Thursday. He was 78.
A contributor to nearly every project produced by the late Muppet master Jim Henson, Nelson retired from puppetry in 2004, though he continued to voice several characters up until his death.
Born in 1934 in Tulsa, Okla., Nelson joined Henson’s cast of Muppeteers in 1965 and joined the cast of “Sesame Street” full-time in 1970 for the show’s second season.
He was known for his upbeat demeanor and dedication to the company, which Lisa Henson — daughter of Jim Henson and current CEO of The Jim Henson Company — touched on in a statement.