End Of The Era: After 50 Years The Iconic Big Bird Is Hanging Up His Yellow Suit And Retiring From "Sesame Street"

Date October 18, 2018 17:13

Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch will end later this week. Caroll Spinney retires the children TV-show after nearly 50 years.

Retirement isn't easy: neither for actors nor for their loyal fans. Hence, we'd be so happy to know that Spinney's leaving out was a joke, but sadly, it's not. 


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Big Bird actor, 84, recalled his performance in a long-running TV-show:

I always thought, How fortunate for me that I got to play the two best Muppets? Playing Big Bird is one of the most joyous things of my life.

Notwithstanding, Mr. Spinney confessed recent struggles and challenges of physical ability. He felt more pressured and weak since his age did not allow him to complete work as it had been before.

His wife, Debra, further commented:

It’s just the fates that bring things to a head sometimes.


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Caroll Spinney's gave so many unforgettable moments and ideas to the program. That is one of the reasons why he's been so appreciated and loved during half-century performance. He's changed lives and perceptions not only among kids but also grown-ups.

I don’t get to play him (Big Bird) — I get to live his life.


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It's unbelievably difficult to let Big Bird go, but it doesn't mean we cannot remember some impeccable moments during Sesame Street according to Mr. Spinney.

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  1. Caroll Spinney pre-recorded Oscar's voice so that another puppeteer would move Oscar and communicate to Big Bird.
  2. The most bizarre Big Bird appearance was in Georgia when Big Bird's pupil fell out, so Spinney had to perform with the muppet's one blank eye. Further, he commented that he'd asked for another tape since he didn't want kids to see the character without an eye.
  3. The most challenging moments were doing 5 different things during orchestra symphony, falling down in the dark, and almost dying from falling on 7 ft drop on pointed metal chair's legs.
  4. Spinney's most moving moment with a fan occurred when he was asked to call a boy who had cancer. The little one named Big Bird his bestie and later passed away with the bright smile.
  5. Caroll's favorite bird is not a muppet, but Chickadees.

Here are also some funny episodes from TV-show. Let's watch together!

"Let it go, let it go, can't hold my tears anymore"

It is so important to be remembered by people. Surely, Caroll Spinney, our memorable Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, will never be forgotten. Thank you, Caroll!

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