Jerry Nelson • (1971 - 1978)
Michael Earl • (1978 - 1980)
Martin P. Robinson • (1980 - present)
Mr. Snuffleupagus
Snuffy & Big Bird 2

Mr. Snuffleupagus is a full-bodied Muppet character who lives with his family in a cave just off of Sesame Street. Snuffleupagus is his species as well as his last name.

His full name is Aloysius Snuffleupagus, although his friends call him Snuffy. He is eternally 4 years old,[1] and celebrates his birthday on August 19. Snuffy's best friend is Big Bird, whom he affectionately calls simply "Bird." His favorite foods are cabbage and spaghetti. In the 5th season premiere, he revealed that he also drinks sasafrass tea. He has a little sister named Alice and a friend named Rosalyn. Snuffy has been portrayed as being 4 years old since his debut in 1971, and he continues to learn simple concepts, like the alphabet.

It takes two people to perform Mr. Snuffleupagus. The person who performs the front also performs the voice. Jerry Nelson was the first to play the character. Most sources (including Sesame Street Unpaved and Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street) state that back problems caused by the physical stress of the performance forced him to bow out, but in a 2009 interview Jerry Nelson gave a different explanation for giving up the role: "I was not loathed to give that character up. But the reasons for giving it up were because at that time we were doing The Muppet Show and he was a real part of the show, and they needed his presence. So they asked if I’d mind giving it up."[2] Michael Earl Davis took over for 3 seasons (1978 – 1980[3]), before Marty Robinson became the permanent voice and face of Snuffy. The back of Mr. Snuffleupagus has been performed by Richard Hunt, Brian Muehl, Frank Kane, and Peter Friedman, but since 1979, the regular back-end has been Bryant Young.

"Oh, dear!"
Snuffy kind of embraces the world with his heart. He's got tunnel vision to a certain extent. He sees one thing at a time, and switches from one to another.- Martin Robinson

The Silent Years

From 1971 to 1985[4] Snuffy was seen by the TV audience, but he was never discovered by the adult characters on the show through a series of comical exit timings. This brought an exciting element to the Big Bird/Snuffy scenes, as the viewers continued to wonder if Snuffy would ever be recognized by the adults.

However, in response to educators' concerns about children being "afraid to tell adults about dramatic and disturbing things that happened to them--afraid that adults wouldn't believe them either"[4], the decision was ultimately made to validate Big Bird's claims that Snuffy was indeed real.

Notable Events

Mr. Snuffleupagus' Family

Snuffleupagus Books

Books that focus on Snuffy include:

Book appearances


  • Snuffy stands seven feet tall, and is twelve feet long.
  • The pre-school that Snuffy attends is called "Snufflegarden".
  • Snuffy receives Snuffleup-a-grams from the SPS, Snuffleupagus Postal Service.


  1. Muppetbook Bio
  2. Nelson, Jerry Tough Pigs interview with Jerry Nelson
  3. See Talk:Michael Earl
  4. 4.0 4.1 Borgenicht, David: "Sesame Street Unpaved", page 38. Hyperion, 1998 ISBN 0-7868-6460-5