Noel MacNeal (b. September 15, 1961) is a performer who has worked on several Henson productions since the 1980s. Born and raised in New York City's Central Harlem, he began his career as a puppeteer on the television series The Great Space Coaster and later made his way to Sesame Street.
His most well-known work has been in his portrayal of Bear, the lead character in Bear in the Big Blue House in 1997. During his time on the show, he served as principal performer, director, and wrote two episodes. Most recently, he reprised the role for Breakfast with Bear.
Other characters have included the full-bodied Mommy Snuffleupagus and various Snuffleupagus relatives on Sesame Street, as well as Madame Chairbird in Follow That Bird. In addition to performing, he has played an active role in hiring and training puppeteers for local Sesame Street productions in Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Jordan, Palesitne, and India.
He also was the production assistant on Sesame Street during Season 15.
His more prominent non-Henson credits include the baby dragon Magellan on Eureeka's Castle, Leon MacNeal in Puzzle Place, and Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.
MacNeal is sometimes incorrectly credited as "Noel McNeal".
- Sesame Street: Arnold Schnuffleupanegger, Mommy Snuffleupagus, Cow who Jumped over the Moon, Gretel, Rosalyn (assistant), Tommy Wilson, Uncle Abe
- Follow That Bird: Madame Chairbird
- Little Muppet Monsters: Rat
- The Cosby Show ("Cliff's Nightmare"): Cheese
- Sing Yourself Silly!: Additional Muppeteer
- A New Baby in My House
- Sesame Street's Staying Up Late
- Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration
- Dog City: Doctor, Police Officer
- City Kids
- Elmo Saves Christmas
- Telling the Truth: Sheep
- Lead Away!
- Bear in the Big Blue House: Bear, Moss
- Peter and the Wolf: The Wolf
- Elmopalooza: Additional Puppeteer
- Moving Together: Himself (with son Mattie and other adult/baby pairs in live-action scenes)
- Elmo's Christmas Countdown
- A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (credited as Edward Noel MacNeal)
- Bear in the Big Blue House: Episode 206: You Learn Something New Every Day
- Bear in the Big Blue House: Episode 235: And to All a Good Night
- Bear in the Big Blue House: Episode 410: At the Old Bear Game
- Bear in the Big Blue House: Episode 420: Volunteers of Woodland Valley
- 30 Rock
- Blue's Room
- Eureeka's Castle
- The Puzzle Place
- The Great Space Coaster: Knock-Knock
- Chappelle's Show: Knee High Park
- Oz : Miss Sally's Schoolhouse
- The Good Night Show: consultant (Season one)
- Between the Lions: Lionel Lion (Season 9), Monkey (Under Construction), Beetles Member, Squeaky the Wheel