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Steve Whitmire (b. September 24, 1959) is a puppeteer who started working for the Jim Henson Company in 1978. His career with the Muppets began on The Muppet Show, where he developed his first major character, Rizzo the Rat. Other main characters included Bean Bunny and, on Fraggle Rock, Wembley Fraggle and Sprocket. When Jim Henson passed away in 1990, Whitmire was selected to take over the roles of Kermit the Frog and Ernie. Following Richard Hunt's death and Jerry Nelson's retirement, he took over the roles of Beaker and Statler, respectively. His wife, Melissa Whitmire, has also puppeteered on occasion. 

Puppeteer CreditsEdit

The Muppets Kermit the Frog  1990-2016 Rizzo the Rat   Lips

Steve's photosEdit

 

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