Long Live the Count
by Perry Michael Simon on August 24, 2012
Jerry Nelson passed away last Thursday. You may not know the name, but you know his characters. Nelson was the puppeteer and voice of Count von Count, and that’s plenty notoriety for one career, but he also did Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock, Electric Mayhem bassist Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Dr. Julius Strangepork of Pigs in Space, Lew Zealand, and many more.
Lisa Henson, the CEO of The Jim Henson Company, posted this statement on the company’s Facebook page today: “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 Company 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 Company, our deepest sympathies go out to Jerry’s family and to his many fans.”
The Henson Company has a YouTube playlist celebrating Jerry’s life and career with clips from Fraggle Rock, Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, and other shows. Here it is:
Honor his memory. Count something today.