Caroll Spinney most notably performed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street for fifty years.

What is not as well known, however, is that Spinney also performed a number of other characters, usually Anything Muppets, in the earlier seasons of the show. Spinney also performed Muppet versions of his pre-Sesame Street characters Picklepuss and Pop in a Muppet production, and made several cameos on the show.

Named characters

Shared characters

Recurring characters shared among performers.

Ancillary characters

Unnamed Anything Muppets, monsters, etc.

Audio voices

Characters and voiceovers performed off-screen.

Honorary Mentions

  • In the audio cassette version of the book A Sesame Street Christmas, Caroll Spinney as Big Bird reads a story that includes his imitations of Bert, Ernie, Betty Lou, and Grover. Another story on the tape finds Caroll Spinney as Oscar imitating Big Bird.



Scripts that credit Spinney as playing various characters for which no a/v evidence is available.

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