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DEBUT 2011
DESIGN Paul Andrejco
Walter watch

Puppeteers performing Walter


Behind the scenes on the set of The Muppets

Walter addresses crowd

Walter addresses the Muppets in a scene deleted from the film.

Walter building

Walter is a Muppet character first introduced in The Muppets.

Walter lives with his brother Gary, and both of them are huge Muppet fans. He is sweet, slightly naive, and lacking self-confidence. In the film, Walter and Gary set out to reunite the Muppets to help save Muppet Studios.

Entertainment Weekly described the character in a November 2010 article:

Meet the newest member of the Muppet repertory company: Walter, a sweet, slightly naive twenty-something Everypuppet who, in the movie, is the best friends and roommate of Segel's character, Gary. Both Gary and Walter are die-hard Muppet fans. "Walter is the kind of guy who faints when he sees Kermit," Bobin says. Of course, Walter's Muppet fandom is complicated by the fact that he is a Muppet himself. "Walter has a bit of a self-confidence issue because he's the only person like him that he's seen aside from the Muppets," Segel explains. "His dream is to meet the Muppets and be around people who are like him." When Gary and Walter learn that The Muppet Theatre is in danger of being torn down, they set out to save it by reuniting Kermit, Piggy and the entire troupe to stage an old-fashioned extravaganza.[1]

Disney's official description of Walter from October 12, 2011, revealed that he and Gary are brothers:

With his Kermit t-shirt and watch, Walter is a devoted fan of the Muppets. The lifelong resident of Smalltown, USA, dreams of meeting his heroes one day, and feels that — just maybe — he belongs with them. So when brother Gary and his girlfriend Mary plan a trip to Los Angeles, Walter joins them with hopes of realizing his dream once and for all.

The role marks the big-screen debut for Walter, and one seemingly written for him. “I play Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan,” says the star, “which is a real coincidence, since I happen to be the world’s biggest Muppet fan and my name is Walter. It’s like I was made to play this part.”

Walter finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time — or is it the right time? — when he overhears evil oil baron Tex Richman discussing a plot to destroy Muppet Studios. With the help of Gary and Mary, it’s Walter who sets the plan in motion to reunite the Muppets and save the studio. His pure-hearted enthusiasm for all things Muppets just might save more than the studio, too.

Walter was named after the first puppet Jason Segel ever owned.[2] In an interview at the World Premiere, Walter claims he was swimming laps at the Beverly Hills Hilton when a talent scout discovered him for the role (he was the only person he could find 18'' tall).

Disney paid Walter roughly the same amount as 67 movie tickets.[3]

In a 2012 interview with Talk Nerdy, Walter revealed that his last name is Blagojevich (no known relation to Rod Blagojevich). However, he is known simply as "Walter" with the Screen Actors Guild.[4]

Walter also appears in Muppets Most Wanted, where he was the only one - aside from Animal - who knew Kermit was acting weird when Constantine replaced him.

On Muppets Now, Walter hosted the "Muppet Masters" segments, discovering previously-unknown facets of notable Muppet characters.

In Muppets Haunted Mansion, Walter plays the ghostly role of one of Constance Hatchaway's murdered husbands, fondly remembering how tenderily she snapped his neck. The bowler hat he wears with his suit corresponds with Ambrose, the first of Constance's husbands in the attraction.


The script only specified that Walter had the look of “an old dishrag” and wore a blue suit. Puppet Heap Workshop president Paul Andrejco drew 14 possible Walters, and later, 25 different combinations of color and fabric texture.[5]

In an interview with Film Journal International, director James Bobin spoke on Walter's design:

We based Walter’s design on the same one they used for Kermit—he’s basically a hand puppet with a more advanced mouth. That design gives the puppeteer’s hand maximum freedom of movement, so with the smallest amount of finger change, he or she can create a huge range of expressions. With a few flicks of his left finger, Peter can make Walter look incredibly different all the time and because the camera is close enough in, you swear you can hear this puppet thinking and that conveys the emotion of the movie.[6]


Six puppeteers were considered for the role of Walter during an audition process, among them were Kevin Clash, Joey Mazzarino, Matt Vogel, and Bill Barretta,[7] but the part ultimately went to Peter Linz.[5]

Life in photographs[]

A bookending theme in The Muppets are the photographs taken throughout Walter's journey:


Walter and rowlf

Walter and Rowlf on The Muppets.

Walter stage

Whistler Walter, center stage on The Muppets...

Mmw muppets

...and as part of the gang on Muppet Most Wanted.


Walter with Uncle Deadly on Muppets Now — "boop!"


Book Appearances[]

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  • During principal production for The Muppets, Walter was originally just Gary's best friend, not his sibling. Reshoots later came about and added new scenes to redefine them as brothers.[8] The original relationship is referenced in "Life's a Happy Song," where Mary acknowledges that "Gary's always off with his friend."
  • Walter said in an interview by Jake Hamilton that he still watches Sesame Street.[9]
  • Although Walter appeared in the presentation pilot, he did not appear on The Muppets. When asked, Bill Barretta explained, "Well, Walter, you know, when we first started the show, I think there were certain ideas about what the show would be about and certain jobs or certain places for certain characters. I think at the moment this first season I would say, Walter was just kind of someone that we felt, you know, I guess didn’t have a place yet in this arena."[10] Aside from "Kodachrome", Walter didn't make any appearances for two years. He made his first new appearance on the 4th episode of Muppet Thought of the Week. (YouTube)
  • According to a March 2012 interview with the PBS YouTube channel "It's My Life", Jason Segel is just Walter's cousin, but he does have older brothers in real life.[11]
  • Walter revealed in a 2018 Facebook post that he needs to pay a monthly fee to maintain friendship with Miss Piggy.[12]

See also[]