The news from Sesame Workshop today is that Caroll Spinney is retiring from nearly 50 years with the beloved children’s show SESAME STREET. Spinney has been with SESAME STREET since 1969 and he’s been the voice and lead puppeteer of both Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird since the series’ premiere.
According to a press release from Sesame Workshop, the 84-year-old puppeteer said, “Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul. And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come.”
Certainly, retirement after a long and successful career is to be expected but Spinney leaves some very big feet shoes to be filled. Here’s wishing him the best!
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Fred Rogers died nearly fifteen years ago but the children’s TV host left behind an enormous legacy far beyond 30+ seasons of one of the most beloved television series ever. This year alone, the Morgan Neville documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? premiered at Sundance and PBS is celebrating 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like in March. Now, the word from Tinseltown is that none other than Tom Hanks will be portraying Rogers in a new film based on the late TV personality’s life.
You Are My Friend has been acquired byTriStar Pictures and is set to begin production in September. The feature film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Marielle Heller will direct and the screenplay is by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.
There’s no release date as yet, obviously. But I’m sure I join the legions of Mr. Rogers fans out there who’ll be eagerly awaiting this film’s arrival in the Cineplex.