Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt (August 16th, 1951 - January 7th, 1992) was an American puppeteer best known for his work with the Muppets, performing many memorable characters such as Scooter, Beaker, Statler, and Janice on The Muppet Show as well as Don Music, Gladys the Cow, Forgetful Jones, and Sully on Sesame Street and Junior Gorg on Fraggle Rock. Richard Hunt died of AIDS related complications on January 7,1992. His last performance was MuppetVision3*D. After Hunt's death Steve Whitmire took over Beaker as well as Jerry Nelson preforming Statler (until 2004 when Whitmire took over) in 2008 David Rudman took over the roles of Scooter and Janice. David also took over Richard's half of the Two-Headed Monster and Dip the Cat, and, for a little while, Sully and Sonny Friendly, keeping Richard's incredible legacy alive.

Jon Stone, former director of Sesame Street, said this at the time of Hunt's death: "It’s impossible to imagine a world without Richard. He came to us a wide-eyed eighteen year old and grew into a master puppeteer and inspired teacher. No one ever had a more manic love of the outrageous and absurd; no one could ever make me laugh the way Richard could. A generation has grown up absorbing Richard’s art, and I have to believe that every one of them is a smarter, funnier, stronger, sillier, more generous person because of him." [1]

Muppeteer Credits


  1. Your Face!

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