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James Maury Henson

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville, Washington, Mississippi, United States
Death: May 16, 1990 (53)
New York Hospital, New York, New York, New York, United States (Organ failure resulting from Streptococcus pyogenes)
Place of Burial: Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Paul Ransom Henson, Sr. and Betty Henson
Husband of Jane Ann Henson
Father of <private> Henson; <private> Henson; John Henson; <private> Henson and <private> Henson
Brother of <private> Henson

Occupation: Puppeteer, director, producer, inventor, artist, performer, writer
Managed by: Ashley Odell
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About Jim Henson

Jim Henson was an American puppeteer, best known as the creator of The Muppets. As a puppeteer, Henson performed in various television programs, such as Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, films such as The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper, and created advanced puppets for projects like Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. He was also an Oscar-nominated film director, Emmy Award-winning television producer, and the founder of The Jim Henson Company, the Jim Henson Foundation, and Jim Henson's Creature Shop. He died on May 16, 1990, of organ failure resulting from a Group A streptococcal infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes.

Henson, who was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and educated at University of Maryland, College Park, is one of the most widely known puppeteers ever. He created Sam and Friends as a freshman in College Park. After suffering struggles with programs that he created, he eventually was selected to participate in Sesame Street. During this time, he also contributed to Saturday Night Live. The success of Sesame Street spawned The Muppet Show, which featured Muppets created by Henson. He also co-created with Michael Jacobs the television show Dinosaurs during his final years. On June 16, 2011, he posthumously received the Disney Legends Award.

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Jim Henson's Timeline

September 24, 1936
Greenville, Washington, Mississippi, United States
April 25, 1965
Age 28
May 16, 1990
Age 53
New York, New York, New York, United States
- 1960
College Park, Maryland, United States