Welles, with Kermit and Jim Henson.

Orson Welles (1915-1985) was an Academy Award-winning American actor, director, writer, and producer. He appeared in The Muppet Movie playing the part of Lew Lord, the head of World Wide Studios. In 1979, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and various Muppets appeared as guests on the pilot episode for a talk show hosted by Welles.

While filming his scenes in The Muppet Movie, Welles was enough of a Muppet fan to notice that the hat of one of the characters had changed color for the movie.[1] In a 1970 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, Welles said that "Sesame Street is the greatest thing that ever happened to television."[2]


  1. SFGate interview with James Frawley
  2. "Sesame Street Newsletter" (internal CTW newsletter), Number 12, December 31, 1970. "Commercial TV Speaks Of, Satirizes Sesame Street".

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