Voice of the Count from Sesame Street has passed

Picture from Independent Lens

Jerry Nelson, the voice The Count, died at the age of 78. The Count was always one of my favorites of Sesame Street growing up. His accent always got me to smile and his counting methods were always funny. I loved watching him as a kid; even now when I am baby sitting my nephew I still smile. Even though he quit puppeteering in 2004, he still lent his voice up until his death. The new season of Sesame Street starts September 24th and will feature his voice of the Count on some of the episodes. He is survived by his wife Jan.

The Sesame Workshop paid tribute today on its website:

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.

Lisa Henson, daughter of Jim Henson, also paid tribute:

Jerry Nelson imbued all his characters with the same gentle, sweet whimsy and kindness that were a part of his own personality. He joined the Jim Henson Co. in the earliest years, and his unique contributions to the worlds of Fraggles, Muppets, Sesame Street and so many others are, and will continue to be, unforgettable. On behalf of the Henson family and everyone at the Jim Henson Co., our deepest sympathies go out to Jerry’s family and to his many fans.

Good bye, Jerry Nelson.

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