'Sesame Street's' Jerry Nelson dies at 78

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jerry-nelson-sesame-street-getty.jpg Jerry Nelson, longtime voice actor and puppeteer, has passed away at the age of 78. For more than 40 years, Nelson voiced various "Sesame Street" muppets, including Count von Count, Sherlock Hemlock, Snuffleupagus, the Amazing Mumford and Herry Monster.

The "Sesame Street" website posted this statement:

"The cast and crew of 'Sesame Street' and the staff of Sesame Workshop deeply mourn the loss of cast member and creator of dozens of Muppet characters, Jerry Nelson. A member of the 'Sesame Street' family for more than 40 years, he will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide through his portrayal of Count von Count, Herry Monster, Fat Blue, Sherlock Hemlock, the Amazing Mumford and many other beloved characters. We will miss his extraordinary spirit and the joy he brought to our Street."

In addition to all the "Sesame Street"-related work Nelson did, he also appeared in person in "Robocop 2" and the "Nail Gun Massacre," as well as voicing muppet Scred in the early years of "Saturday Night Live" (see video below).


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