Kermit the Frog, the world’s most famous amphibian, has been entertaining fans of all ages for more than 60 years. A producer, director, actor, singer, best-selling author, as well as the star of many hit feature films, television shows, movies, and specials, Kermit currently serves as Executive Producer of “Up Late with Miss Piggy,” as seen in The Muppets, a primetime TV series on ABC.
Fozzie Bear is the world’s funniest—and only—stand-up comedy bear. From his beat-up hat and polka-dot tie to his trademark “Wocka-Wocka!” Fozzie is an “old school” comic who stoops to conquer the audience with custard pies, banana peels, and extremely old jokes. Despite being constantly heckled by Statler and Waldorf (the two old guys in the balcony), Fozzie never gives up. He is perseverance personified. He is also the best friend—and second banana—to the finest frog the world has ever known, Kermit the Frog.
Animal, drummer for the almost-legendary The Electric Mayhem, is a completely unleashed, mostly monosyllabic, totally out-of-control rock ‘n’ roll icon. His passions in life are drums, food, and women—all of which he pursues with reckless abandon. And yet, despite this over-the-top attitude, Animal is essentially an innocent soul with a heart of gold…who finds bliss hugging his beloved bunny rabbit.
Beaker is the faithful and beleaguered lab assistant to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew at Muppet Labs. Beaker, whose only utterances consist of high-pitched “meeps,” is sincerely devoted to science—and to Dr. Honeydew. Though Muppet Labs’ inventions are rarely successful and almost always (accidentally) injurious to poor Beaker, their work continues. For you see, Dr. Honeydew wants to achieve the next scientific breakthrough. Beaker, on the other hand, simply wants to survive the day.
Steve Whitmire has been one of the core Muppet performers for over 35 years. He started working for The Jim Henson Company in 1978 with his career beginning with The Muppet Show, where he developed his first major character, Rizzo.
When Jim Henson passed away in 1990, Whitmire was selected to take over the roles of Kermit the Frog and Ernie. Following Richard Hunt‘s passing and Jerry Nelson‘s retirement, he took over the roles of Beaker and Statler, respectively. He also performs Miss Piggy’s dog Foo-Foo from The Muppet Show and Lips.
Other projects include Wembley Fraggle, Sprocket the Dog, Marlon Fraggle and Flange Doozer from Fraggle Rock, Bean Bunny, Flash and Waldo C. Graphic from The Jim Henson Hour, Andy Pig and Mr. Poodlepants from Muppets Tonight, and Jake the Polar Bear from Jim Henson’s Animal Show with Stinky and Jake, as well as dozens of others from various Muppet productions. Additionally, he performed Robbie and B.P. Richfield for the television series Dinosaurs.
At the age of 19, Whitmire auditioned for Jim Henson who decided to start him as a performer during the third season of The Muppet Show in 1978. Whitmire finished his first season on The Muppet Show, got married and headed to Hollywood to work on the first Muppet feature, all in the same month.
Whitmire has performed as a core performer in nearly every Muppet project since for numerous television series, theatrical motion pictures, television specials and albums. Even with a significant list of credits, he maintains that his favorite work is still the mostly improvised small appearances and interviews on variety and news programs. Most recently, he worked on The Muppets, a primetime TV series for ABC.
Eric Jacobson is a core Muppet performer. Since 2001, he has performed beloved characters Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Sam Eagle, amongst others he inherited from legendary puppeteer and director Frank Oz. Jacobson’s arm has been in the air ever since.
Since 1994, Jacobson has also worked on the venerable children’s television series, Sesame Street produced by Sesame Workshop (formerly Children’s Television Workshop) as seen on HBO and PBS. He performs Grover, Bert, and Guy Smiley. In 2011, Jacobson was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance on the series. Other television credits include Jim Henson’s Bear in the Big Blue House, The Puzzle Place, Once Upon a Tree, Jack’s Big Music Show, Bunnytown, and performing another well-known pig—Piglet for Disney’s The Book of Pooh.
Feature film credits include The Muppets (2011) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014), both directed by James Bobin for The Walt Disney Studios. Jacobson holds the distinction of being the first puppeteer to work on multiple film and television productions cited for excellence by UNIMA (Union International de la Marionette – International Puppetry Association) in the same year.
In addition, Jacobson has performed live on well-known stages from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall, with the likes of Basil Twist, The Puppet Company, The Cosmic Bicycle Theater, and the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater of Central Park. Most recently, he worked on The Muppets, a primetime TV series for ABC.