James Maury "Jim" Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was an American puppeteer, screenwriter, film director and producer, 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".
The most sophisticated people I know-inside they're all children. We never really lost a certain sense we had when we were kids. That sense of looking around at this big world and not knowing who we are and what we're supposed to be doing here. ~Jim Henson
Creative Giants: Jim Henson Henson was a puppeteer who revolutionized the art of puppet making by believing that puppets should have lives and souls that communicated to people. The result of Henson's vision for a world of living puppets is the most creative, well-researched, and longest running educational children's show ever, Sesame Street.