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IJim Henson, working Kermit the Frog, talking to John Cleese. James Maury "Jim" Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was an American puppeteer, best known as the creator of The Muppets. Jim died at the age of 43 from a bacterial infection.
The Jim Henson Company - The introduction of The Muppet Show in 1976 was a phenomenal success, reaching 235 million viewers in more than 100 countries and winning three Emmys in its five-year run. The popularity of the show led to the feature films The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets take Manhattan, as well as the animated television series, Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies
This doesn't make sad, but it does break my heart a little... I still Remember when Jim Henson did and the cover of Time magazine had Kermit sitting alone in his director chair... about broke my heart as a kid.