Robin Reed (1931-2019) was a puppeteer who worked with the Muppets on the 1962 pilot Tales of the Tinkerdee.
Based in the Midwestern United States, Reed began his puppeteering career in 1950, working with his parents and brother on shows including on a production of The Wizard of Oz. He and his wife Edith, later joined by their son Tim, produced further puppet shows from 1955 to 1999.
According to Reed, he was performing a production of Pinocchio at a Detroit puppeteer's convention when Henson met him backstage and invited him to work on the Tinkerdee pilot. After Tinkerdee, Henson invited Reed to continue with the Muppets, but Reed had prior commitments to tend to, although he was interested in rejoining Henson afterwards. Although Henson agreed, by the time Reed finished his own shows and called back, Henson regretfully informed him that he "already got all the spots filled." However, Reed recalled that Henson did help him look for other jobs, and overall, Reed had fond memories of Henson.
- Reed Marionettes
- Reed Marionettes: About Us
- Robin Reed: Puppeteer (LCUUC Voices project, 2011)
- "A Certain Magic". Chicago Tribune, March 12, 1992.
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel obituary (via Legacy.com)