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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] Welles later narrated the 1982 PBS documentary A Dream Called Public Television, including a brief section on Sesame Street.

After achieving fame for his dramatic work on Broadway and radio (notably as The Shadow and for the 1938 "War of the Worlds" broadcast), Welles' first and most famous Hollywood film was Citizen Kane (which he directed, starred in, and co-scripted). He spent most of his last years doing commercials and voice-overs (often to raise funds for other projects), heard on Magnum, P.I. and in Transformers: The Movie.



  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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