Jerry L. Nelson (July 10th, 1934 - August 23rd, 2012) began his Muppeteering career working for Bil Baird. He officially joined the company in 1970 & he began working regularly on SESAME STREET. Since then, Nelson had performed as a principal Muppeteer in several other Muppet productions including the Muppet movies, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, & various TV specials.
Jerry Nelson’s most famous characters on The Muppet Show are, Crazy Harry, Floyd Pepper, Robin the Frog, (the nephew of Jim Henson’s Kermit the Frog), Pops, Lew Zealand, Emily Bear (mother of Frank Oz’s Fozzie Bear), Camilla the Chicken, & several others. It was he who originated the role of Statler to Jim Henson’s Waldorf, but he soon passed it on to his very good friend Richard Hunt, with whom he was paired on several occasions. Then, after Hunt sadly passed away, Nelson became Statler again. He'd also voiced a number of GROUCHES over the years.
In 2004, Nelson announced he would be moving away from performing his classic Muppet characters, citing health reasons. However, he continued to voice his characters on SESAME STREET. In 2005 Nelson was 1 of the narrators on the audiobook version of It's Not Easy Being GREEN, displaying his vocal versatility by reciting most of the quotes from Muppet characters, including Dr. Teeth & the Doozers.
Jerry Nelson 1st worked with Jim Henson in 1965 when Frank Oz got drafted & Henson needed somebody to perform Rowlf the Dog's right hand on The Jimmy Dean Show. However, Frank Oz failed his draft physical, but since Nelson had just gotten his job, Oz chose to take some time off from performing & thereby let Nelson stay w/ the Muppets.
1 of Nelson’s 1st major roles was Featherstone in Hey, Cinderella! & The Frog Prince. In the early 70s he also performed a full-body monster named Thog who appeared in The Great Santa Claus Switch & various variety show appearances. In The Frog Prince, he performed Kermit the Frog’s nephew Robin the Frog for the 1st time; however, in that appearance, although Robin’s voice & personality were the same, the character was actually a prince who was turned into a frog. He also performed T.R. & Caleb Stiles in The Muppet Musicians of Bremen, Scred on SNL, & Emmet Otter in Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.
Jerry Nelson became part of SESAME STREET during season 2. In this season alone he was given many new characters, including Herbert Birdsfoot, Sherlock Hemlock, Herry Monster, The Amazing Mumford, Little Jerry, Simon Soundman, & Farley. In 1972, he was given the character who is perhaps his best-known character, Count von Count.
Another well-known character Nelson had performed was Big Bird’s best friend, Mr. Snuffleupagus. However, most sources (including SESAME STREET UNpaved & SESAME STREET: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the STREET) state that strain placed on him by the large puppet eventually hurt his back so much that he had to stop performing the character (although Nelson continued to supply the voice only for a time). In a 2009 interview Jerry Nelson gave a different explanation for giving up the role: "I was not loath to give that character up. But the reasons for giving it up were because at that time we were doing The Muppet Show & he was a real part of the show, & they needed his presence. So they asked if I'd mind giving it up." He also did announcer voices very often, including the announcers for the SESAME STREET News Flash & Super Grover openings
Nelson was often paired w/ performer Richard Hunt. While goofing around on the set 1 day, they acted like a 2-Headed Monster, & inspired by this, a Two-Headed Monster character was created for them. Jerry Nelson performed the left half of the monster, & cause of this, had to perform the character's head w/ his left hand. (Most performers use their right hands to perform the heads of their characters.) They would also alternate in performing the character Rodeo Rosie. NELSON & Hunt also performed a construction worker duo known as Biff & Sully. Muppeteer veteran David Rudman can been seen & heard taking RICHARD HUNT’s place in these 3 pairings Hunt originally made with NELSON before he passed away:
"Today marks the 40th anniversary of SESAME STREET. Other than the news, historically the longest running show on television. Well, with the possible exception of a soap opera or 2. Still in all, it is humbling to have been a part of something so significant in the history of the media that was born in my lifetime.
Forty years, seems like a lifetime. Over half of my 75 years on this planet has been spent being what has been referred to as a Muppeteer. It's funny when I think about it because at least 20 of those years I denied being a puppeteer. I was an actor who was working with puppets until a film or stage job came along & all I really wanted to do was sing.
My grandparents used to give me a quarter to learn & sing songs when I was a sprout about 5 years old. "South of the Border" was maybe the 1st of a long list of tunes & I'm still learning them & singing them & will until the day I die. I don't know if they knew the extent of what they were doing & how they were prepping me to have a way to get along in the world, but I like to think so.
I guess everything you observe & do & experience in life adds to that oneness that makes each of us so unique & at the same time makes us an everyman that shares the human condition in the most fundamental ways.
Working with the Henson organization was like working with your family & when I started working on SESAME STREET that was another extended family so now the family was immense. The idea behind this SESAME STREET project was to use the tool of television to teach underprivileged preschool children, but what happened was that the show charmed, taught , & brought love & laughter into the hearts & minds of children & adults all over the world.
Chance, dumb luck or destiny? Who knows the controlling force that chooses where & how we find our lives manifest?
I can only say I have traveled through the breathtaking up & down melody of a lifetime that , I studied & trained for, wandered the paths of least resistance (following my water nature) to, & that I am either blessed & 1 of the luckiest bozos walking this planet or both. In any case:
Yeehaw, Hot Dawg, you old mustang you & Boy Howdy, today I’m celebrating by getting all my chores done for once! (Oh, didn't I tell you? I'm also the laziest man on Earth.)
'It's a beautiful thing. Happy Birthday! Let's put 40 candles in the cake! Then let's light 40 candles! Then let's blow out 40 candles! Then we must take 40 candles out of the cake! Then it will be time to lick the icing off of 40 candles! Then we'll eat the cake, taking 1,000 tiny little bites! & then we will Count the burps! Ha, ha, ha!'
Norman, obviously hasn't lost it but.... I wish I'd said that!"
Jerry Nelson 
JERRY NELSON/RICHARD HUNT Muppet PairingsEdit
- The Two-Headed Monster
- Little Jerry/Rockin' Richard
- J.P. Grosse/Scooter
- Floyd Pepper/Janice
- Floyd Pepper/Scooter
- Floyd Pepper/Gladys
- Robin the Frog/Sweetums
- Robin the Frog/Scooter
- Robin the Frog/Statler
- Tina Twiddlebug/Timmy Twiddlebug
- Pa Gorg/Junior Gorg
- Marjory the Trash Heap/Gunge (w/ Philo (performed by Dave Goelz))
- Coffee Break Machine/Luncheon Counter Monster
- Fred the Wonder Horse/Gladys the Cow
- Lew Zealand/Gladys
- Lew Zealand/Sweetums
- Lew Zealand/Scooter
- Count von Count/Grandpa Count (w/ Grandma Count (performed by Camille Bonora))
- Count von Count/Forgetful Jones
- Count von Count/The Countess
- Mickey Moose/Ronald Duck
- Melvin Milk/Carl Carrot
- Betty & Melissa Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
- Yvette & Danielle French Toast
- Miss Mousey/Big Mouse
- Lavender Anything Muppet Man/Canary ("Pretty Little Song")
- Lewis Kazagger/Contender 980116
- Vile Bunch Drummer/Blue Frackle
- Statler's Grandson/Statler
- Sammy & Frankie
- Sacrificial Idol/Janice
- Whaddayasay Bird/Ohboy Bird
- Quongo/The Showman
- George and Melissa Rabbit
- Noel Cowherd/Billy the Grownup
- Sherlock Hemlock/Don Music
- Ernie/Bert (Peter Alexander präsentiert Spezialitäten)
- Cecil Bear/Edgar Bear (with Percival Bear (performed by David Rudman))
- The Christmas Toy Rabbits
- Uncle Deadly/Wayne
- Uncle Deadly/Scooter
- Stanley Weasel/Fred Lizard
- Trevor Trout/Spaceship Surprise Mate
- Sherlock Hemlock/Wodehouse
- Singing Firemen
- Readers of the Open Range
Jerry Nelson performed in both of the Muppet Show pilots. In The Muppets Valentine Show, he returned to the role of Thog, & also performed Droop & Miss Mousey. In The Muppet Show: Sex & Violence, for the very 1st time, he performed Electric Mayhem bass player Floyd Pepper. In that special he also performed Statler, Dr. Nauga, Gluttony, Envy, Sloth, the Yellow Stalk, Whaddayasay Bird & the Gene Shalit Muppet. Also in season 1, another of Jerry’s characters, Robin the Frog, (the nephew of Jim Henson’s Kermit the Frog), would make rather frequent visits to the Muppet theater in order to spend more time with his Uncle Kermit.
When production began on The Muppet Show as a series, Jerry chose to spend some time w/ his daughter Christine, which meant that he couldn't perform in every 1st-season episode. As a result, he gave the role of Statler to Richard Hunt, who would soon become Jerry's best friend, but for the most part Nelson retained his other characters (Floyd, Droop, etc.) from previous productions. Nelson didn’t perform in episodes 101 - 103 & 111 - 115. However, when the 1st 2 episodes were reworked later in season 1, Nelson performed Floyd in a segment that was added to episode 102.
None of Nelson’s characters were as central to the show as characters like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, & Scooter & therefore Nelson often played major 1-shot backstage characters, such as Irving Bizarre, Big Tiny Tallsaddle, & Angus McGonagle. His notable recurring characters included Camilla the Chicken, Pops, Louis Kazagger, & Dr. Julius Strangepork. 1 such character, Lew Zealand, was originally intended as a 1-shot, but became a recurring character. Beginning in season 2, Nelson took over 2 of John Lovelady's characters: The announcer & Crazy Harry. Nelson went on to perform nearly every Muppet announcer in a major Henson production until 2002. He was also given such rarely-seen recurring characters as J.P. Grosse (the uncle of Richard Hunt's Scooter & the owner of the Muppet theater), Fleet Scribbler & Uncle Deadly.
In addition to his versatility at character dialects, Nelson was an accomplished vocalist & often received showcases on The Muppet Show. Some of Nelson's regular characters, like Floyd & Slim Wilson, were musicians & sang very often. Many of his other characters have displayed their musical talents, whether it was Robin the Frog singing "Halfway Down the Stairs" or "I'm Five", Thog singing "Oh Babe What Would You Say" or Pops singing "Once in Love with Amy". Nelson has also performed many songs as 1-shot characters including "All of Me" "The Windmills of Your Mind" & "3 Little Fishes". In addition to very frequent pairings with the characters of Richard Hunt, (a partnership that was the best in the entire business next to the partnership Jim Henson had with Frank Oz), Nelson was also often paired with Louise Gold in musical numbers, such as "Henrietta's Wedding" & "Your Feet's Too Big".
On his characters, Jerry Nelson was quoted in a 1978 Muppet Show "Fan Club"newsletter: "Each 1 of them is an aspect of my own personality. The Muppets are roles I assume, rather than puppets I manipulate. Robin, for instance, is an undersized metaphor for my own insecurities. He has a childlike curiosity about how things work. Uncle Deadly is the greatest ham actor of all time; Floyd is my laid-back, mellow side - cool. & then there's Crazy Harry, whose ultimate trip is spontaneous combustion. An analyst told me I should develop that side of my personality. I don't think he meant I should go around exploding everything -- just that I should give my emotions more freedom."
Nelson continued to speak fondly of his performance opportunities in later years: "I feel blessed to have worked on something that's become such an icon of the times. I've certainly always thought I've been really lucky in that respect. I enjoy singing & I get to sing a lot. I get to be in a band (the Electric Mayhem) without really being in a band. All of those things make me say, 'Well, that's 1 blessing. That's another blessing."
On Fraggle Rock, JERRY NELSON performed the show's lead character, Gobo Fraggle. He also performed Marjory the Trash Heap & Pa Gorg, w/ Richard Hunt voicing the character of Junior Gorg. JERRY NELSON was 1 of the few Muppet performers to perform voices in The Dark Crystal, performing the voices of the Skeksis Dying Emperor & the Skeksis High Priest. In The Christmas Toy, he performed Balthazar, who he would regularly perform on The Secret Life of Toys. He also performed many characters on The Jim Henson Hour, though his only recurring character on that show was Beard. However, in 1982, a terrible tragedy had struck NELSON’s life & his entire family. Christine, NELSON’s only daughter & child, passed away due to complications of cystic fibrosis.
JERRY, not long after RICHARD HUNT’s sudden, tragic death in 1992, which had robbed JERRY of his best friend, once again performed Statler, who he originally performed. He also performed Emily Bear (as Fozziwig’s mother), Floyd, Robin (as Tiny Tim), Mr. Applegate, (as Jacob Marley) & the Ghost of Christmas Present in The Muppet Christmas Carol as well as Statler (as a figure on the Hispanola ship). Floyd, Mad Monty & Blind Pew in Muppet Treasure Island.
NELSON performed many minor characters on Muppets Tonight & occasionally performed on The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. He performed his regular characters as well as Ubergonzo in Muppets from Space & he performed Count von Count & both the GROUCH Mayor & Cop in the 1999 film The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland.
Beginning around 2001, Jerry Nelson began to phase out of performing his primary Muppet Show characters; citing health reasons. Many of his characters drifted to silent background roles & several were recast (Statler was handed to Steve Whitmire starting with 2002's "Keep Fishin'" music video; Floyd to John Kennedy, & then Matt Vogel, who also took over for Robin, & his half of the Two- Headed Monster to Joey Mazzarino in 2001). For the 2002 TV movie It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Bill Barretta performed the Muppetry & voice of Lew Lealand, but the voices of Maxine, Pops, Statler, the old Announcer of the Muppet Theater, Robin the Frog, & Floyd Pepper were actually looped by Nelson himself. Nelson also continued to voice his SESAME STREET characters, including Count von Count & The Amazing Mumford although Matt Vogel performed the Muppetry of said characters. Vogel, by 2008, had completely assumed all of Nelson's primary Muppet Show characters as well.
It was long rumored that health issues were beginning to limit Nelson’s involvement in projects as the aging Muppeteer continued to stay active in the ranks of all the other Muppeteers in the business. Beginning around 2001 complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease & prostate cancer limited Nelson's involvement with the high-demanding Muppet projects. Nelson openly stated in August 2006 that "It is long & boring but I have had health issues for a couple of years now. Different ones...I do intend to work with my old friend Count Von Count again this next season." Nelson continued to perform on SESAME STREET & had participated in exclusive DVD interviews for the 1st 2 seasons of Fraggle Rock & Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.
Nelson, although he was uncredited, actually did reprise his role as the Announcer during The Muppet Telethon in 2011's The Muppets. Audio clips of his original introductions to the Pigs in Space & Veterinarian's Hospital sketches & are also heard in the film when Kermit 1st walks into the Muppet Theater. Nelson also served as Announcer for JIM HENSON's Musical World in 2012.
Then, on August 23rd, 2012, most, most, unfortunately, Muppeteer Veteran Jerry Nelson passed away at his Cape Cod home after years of COPD complicated health issues. Among Nelson's latest performances for SESAME STREET's 43rd season include the song "Five By" as the Count & "The Coffee Plant" as Mr. Johnson (which would be the last time where Jerry Nelson’s Mr. Johnson would be partnered with Frank Oz’s Grover), & a Word of the Day segment as Humpty Dumpty, & the street story of episode 4401 as the Count & the street story of episode 4411 as the Count also. Nelson also voiced the Count in the 1st installment of Kinect SESAME STREET TV & the Universal Studios Singapore attraction, Spaghetti Space Chase (as well as the SSNN announcer in the pre-show). Nelson’s later work for SESAME STREET will continue to air into Season 44.
- SESAME STREET: Adam T. Glaser, Al, Andy, Banana from "Bilingual Fruit Song" (speaking voice), Bad Humor Man ), Barry Rhymie, Bennett Snerf (monster), Biff, Big Barney, Big Jeffy (where Grover & the Monotones demonstrate the word "Walk"), Bill Compton Muppet, Bill Smith, Billy, Birdnardo Birdaluchi, Bowler hat, Carlos, Charlie (sometimes), Chester O'Leary, Christopher Columbus, Chunky Cheese, Clam, Cookie Hood, Cookie Monster's Pop & Sister, Corny the Corn, Count von Count (1972 - 2012), Cousin Monster, Cyranose de Bergerac, David Finch, Dr. Livingstone, Dr. Snuffleupagus, Baby Monster, Ernest the Grouch, Farley, Farley, Felix the GROUCH, Fico, Football, Frankie Monster, Frazzle, Fred the Wonder Horse, Frog ("We Are ALL Earthlings"), The Genie (1976), George, George Washington (News Flash), Granny Grouch, Green "Fat Cat" performer, Green Ed, Guntag Gelman-Jones, H. Ross Parrot, Harvey Monster, HerbertBirdsfoot, Herry Monster (1970 - 2003), Hickory Dickory Duck, Hopalong Hamster, Humpty Dumpty, I. M. Pig, J Friend, Jack Be Nimble, Jackman Wolf, Japanese Storyteller, Jerome, Joe, Kathleen the Cow, Kermit the Forg, Kermit the Gorf, Kermit the Grof, King Wasteful V, Leo Birdelli, Leonard Birdseed, Leonard Wolf, Little Bo Peep, Little Jerry, Lord Hog, Mad Man, Marty, Mary Rhymie, Maurice Monster, Mean Manny, Middle, Mike, Monster Cookie, Mr. Chatterly, Mr. Foot, Mr. Ice Cream Cone Man, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Lucky, Mr. Snuffleupagus (1971 - 1978), Natalie, Nick Normal, Noel Cowherd, Number Guy, Oak Tree, Old King Cole, Pamela, Parker Monster, Phil Harmonic, The Phone,Pierre, Piper Piper, a potato from "Low Grow High Grow Low", Poco Loco, Prince Firstly, Professor Nucleus Von Fission, Pumpkin Monotone ("Proud"), Ricardo Monsterban, Rick, Rocky, Rocky, Rodeo Rosie, Ronnie Trash, Sam the Robot, Sammy, Sammy the Snake, Sandy the Snake, Sergeant Thursday, Sheriff Shrimp, Sherlock Hemlock, Simon Soundman, Sir John Feelgood, SLIMEY (ca. 1978), Smart Tina, Sneaky the Elf, Sullivan ("Numerical Correspondence"), Teeth, The Amazing Mumford, The Big Bad Wolf (1971 - 2012, The Country Moose, The Emperor, The Fastest Person in the Kingdom, The Gonk, The Great Fentini, The Hare, The London Frog, The Miller's Daughter, The Royal Barber, Angry, Drippy, Snookey, Sparkey, The Smartest Person in the Kingdom, The Sun, The Young Man Who Lives in a Glove, Tina Twiddlebug, Tony ( 1970), Tony, Tornado, Tough Eddie, Trevor Trout, The Two-Headed Monster ( 1978 - 2002), Uncle Louie, Uncle Talbot, Vern, Vidal Spittoon, Walter, Walter, Witch, Xaiver, Yip Yip Martians, the Young Man who Lives in a Glove, Zizzy Zoomer, The Oat Bran Zydeco "Je Ne Sais Quoi" Band Lead Singer, various announcers & others
- The Muppet Show: African Mask (Fire), Albert Flan, Angus McGonagle, The Announcer (1977 - 1981), Automatic Wastebasket, Bagpipes (Episode 520: Wally Boag), Baskerville the Hound Episode 106: Jim Nabors, Episode 116: Avery Schreiber, Episode 208: Steve Martin & Episode 216: Cleo Laine, & Episode 308: Loretta Lynn), Beakie (Episode 412: Phyllis George), Behemoth (Episode 202: Zero Mostel), Benny, Big Tiny Tallsaddle, Bruno, Burlington Bertie, Bust of Beethoven, Camilla the Chicken (1978 - 2003), Cheesecake, Chester Pugh, Chuckie, Crazy Harry (1977 - 2003), Dancers, The Dancing Clown, The Devil, Doglion (Episode 209: Madeline Kahn), The Dodo (Episode 415: Anne Murray), Dracula, Droop, Eel (Episode 417: Star Wars), Emily Bear, Eric the Yodeling Clam, Featherstone, Female Koozebanian Creature, Fleet Scribbler, Floyd Pepper (197,5 - 2003), Forcryingoutloud Bird (Episode 309: Liberace), Fozzie Pig, Fred, Reggie, Fuzz Brother, The Gambler, Geri & the Atrics tambourine player (Episode 517: Hal Linden), Gingerbread Man, Gorgon Heap (Episode 201: Don Knotts), Granny the Gouger, Gnu, Harold, House 1 (Episode 107: Florence Henderson), House 2, Humpty Dumpty, Irving Bizarre, J.P. Grosse, Jar of Orange Marmalade, Jerry, John Cleese's Agent, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Koozebanian Phoob, Lenny the Lizard (Episode 107: Florence Henderson), Dancer, Lee, Lew Zealand (1978 - 2003, Louis Kazagger, Sundance (Episode 416: Jonathan Winters, Episode 505: James Coburn), Luncheon Counter Monster (occasionally), Mean Mama (occasionally), Merdlidop, Mickey Moose, Miss Mousey, Mulch (Episode 509: Debbie Harry), The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, Opossum, Paul, Paul Revere, Pierre LaCousse, Pops, Prince Rudolph, Punching Bag, The Queen (Episode 121: Twiggy), Quongo (Episode 513: Tony Randall), Robin the Frog (1971 - 2003), Sacrificial Idol, Salzburg Sauerkraut Singer, Sarchophagi, Scotsman, Shark (Episode 417), Screaming Thing, Shouting Lady, Singing Owl, Slim Wilson, The Sphinx, Statler, Statler's Grandson, Super Sheep, Talking Machine, Thog, Thudge McGerk, Tom, Uncle Deadly, Vendaface, Vendawish, Warren, Whaddayasay Bird, Whatnot Monster, William Tell, The Witch Doctor, Yellow Creature, Yorick, Zelda Rose (Episode 218: Jaye P. Morgan)
- The Jimmy Dean Show (1965 - 1966): Rowlf the Dog's right hand
- Commercials: Assisting for Southern Colonel, Nutty Bird, & others
- The Ed Sullivan Show: Clam: Lead Violinist
- The Great Santa Claus Switch: Thog, Zippity, Green Scoff, Snivelly
- Tales from Muppetland: Robin the Frog,Featherstone, Caleb Stiles, Rover Joe the Hound Dog (Muppetry), Stepsister 2, Sweetums (Muppetry), T.R.
- Muppet Meeting Films: Announcers, P. Fenton Cosgrove
- One to One: The King of Phumph
- Saturday Night Live: Scred
- The Muppet Valentine Show
- The Muppet Show: Sex & Violence: Floyd Pepper (197,5 - 2003), Statler, Dr. Nauga, Envy, Gluttony, Gene Shalit Muppet, Thomas Jefferson, Yellow Stalk
- Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass: Miss Piggy, Beautiful Day Monster (voice only)
- Peter Alexander präsentiert Spezialitäten 10: Ernie
- Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas: Emmet Otter, Doc Bullfrog Melissa Rabbit, Stanley Weasel, Yancy Woodchuck
- Christmas Eve on SESAME STREET': Count von Count (1972 - 2012)
- The Muppet Movie: Floyd Pepper (197,5 - 2003), Lew Zealand (1978 - 2003), Crazy Harry (1977 - 2003), Robin the Frog (1971 - 2003) & Camilla the Chicken (1978 - 2003)
- The Great Muppet Caper: Floyd Pepper (1975 - 2003), Lew Zealand (1978 - 2003), Pops, Louis Kazagger, Dirty Bird
- The Dark Crystal: SkekSok, SkekZok (voices only)
- Fraggle Rock: Gobo Fraggle, Marjory the TRASH Heap, Pa Gorg (face &voice), Architect Doozer, Archbanger Fraggle (Pipebanger), Balsam the Minstrel (occasionally), Feenie Fraggle, Fishface Fraggle, Mervin Merggle, Rudy Vallee Doozer, Uncle Gobo
- The Muppets Take Manhattan: Pops, Floyd Pepper (197,5 - 2003), Lew Zealand (1978 - 2003), Crazy Harry (1977 - 2003), Robin the Frog (1971 - 2003) & Camilla the Chicken (1978 - 2003) & Bear
- Follow That BIRD: Count von Count (1972 - 2012)
- The Christmas Toy: Balthazar
- Little Muppet Monsters: Floyd Pepper (1975 - 2003)
- A Muppet Family Christmas: Floyd Pepper (1975 - 2003), Robin the Frog (1971 - 2003), Camilla the Chicken (1978 - 2003), Emily Bear, Count von Count (1972 - 2012), Herry Monster (1970 - 2003), Two-Headed Monster (1978 - 2002) & Gobo Fraggle
- The Jim Henson Hour: Beard, Orange Extreme& Jo-Beth Garfdoohoo
- The Muppets at Walt Disney World: Floyd Pepper (1975 - 2003), Robin the Frog (1971 - 2003), Camilla the Chicken (1978 - 2003) & Emily Bear
- The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson: Robin the Frog (1971 - 2003), Floyd Pepper (1975 - 2003) & Lew Zealand (1978 - 2003)
- The Muppet Christmas Carol: The Ghost of Christmas Present (face & voice), Mr. Applegate, Father Mouse, Pig Businessmen, Rat Bookkeeper, Statler (as Jacob Marley), Penguins, Inkspots, Emily Bear (as Ma Fozziwig), Singing Food, Floyd Pepper (1975 - 2003), Robin the Frog (1971 - 2003) (as Tiny Tim) & Lew Zealand (1978 - 2003)
- Billy Bunny's Animal Songs: Cecil Bear, Raccoon 2, The Turtle & Frogs
- The Secret Life of Toys: Balthazar, Bratty Rat & Dinkybeard
- Sesame Street Stays Up Late: Count von Count (1972 - 2012)
- Muppet Classic Theater: The Big Bad Wolf & Loyal Royal Advisor
- Muppet Treasure Island: Blind Pew, Mad Monty,Monocled Pirate, Sal Minella, Island Heads, Robin the Frog (1971 - 2003), Floyd Pepper (1975 - 2003), Lew Zealand (1978 - 2003), Statler (as the Hispaniola Figurehead), Inkspots, Octopuses, Skulls, Jacques Roach (Cabin Fever), Spotted Dick, Singing Food
- Elmo Saves Christmas: Count von Count (1972 - 2012)
- The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: The Snoozer
- Muppets Tonight: A. Ligator, Baby Jerry, Clarissa, Dr. Watson, Eggheads, Elvises, Ernest Pleth, The Head of the Network, Indiana Rat, The Irish Rodents, Jowls, The Mad Bomber, Mama Fiama, Moo-ing, Percy, Phil, The President, The Rock Lobsters, Rob Reiner Muppet, Floyd Pepper (1975 - 2003), Robbie, Robot Abraham Lincoln, Statler, Stosh, Taylor the Turkey, Torisho, & The Two-HeadedComic (Left Head)
- Muppets from Space: Robin the Frog (1971 - 2003), Floyd Pepper (1975 - 2003), Lew Zealand (197,8 - 2003), Statler, Ubergonzo
- The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland: Count von Count (1972 - 2012), Pestie, Grouch Mayor & Grouch Cop
- Muppet RaceMania: Statler, Floyd Pepper (1975 - 2003), Sweetums & Robin the Frog (1971 - 2003)
- It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie: Maxine, Pops, Statler,the Muppets announcer, Robin the Frog (1971 - 2003) & Floyd Pepper (1975 - 2003) (voices only); looped in post-production
- Muppets Party Cruise: Floyd Pepper (1975 - 2003), Statler, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Lew Zealand (1978 - 2003), Crazy Harry (1977 - 2003) & Camilla the Chicken (1978 - 2003)
- Abby in Wonderland: The Counterpillar ( Count von Count (1972 - 2012))
- Studio DC: Almost Live Hosted by Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Floyd Pepper (voice only; uncredited)
- Families Stand Together: Mr. Jerry
- The Best of Elmo 2: Dr. Sigmund Sillystuff
- Fair is Fair: Timothy Grouch
- The Muppets: The Announcer (uncredited)
- Muppets Most Wanted: The Announcer (Reused vocal track)
- NELSON’s daughter Christine, who was dying of cystic fibrosis, made a cameo appearance with him in The Great Muppet Caper. NELSON’s friend & boss, Muppets creator JIM HENSON graciously gave Christine a few brief lines of dialogue so she could become an official member of the Actors' Equity Association.
- Elmo & the Orchestra: Leonard Birdseed
- It's NOT Easy Being GREEN audio book: Performed quotes from Dr. Teeth, Fraggles, Doozers, the guitarist from The Cube, & others
- The Muppets Inside: The Newsman, Floyd Pepper, Lew Zealand & Statler (archived footage)
- NELSON was right-handed.
- Characters of JERRY NELSON’s Muppeteer veteran MATT VOGEL has performed once or consistently are:
- Count von Count (2000s - 2012; assistant (Muppetry only; Muppetry & voice together: Counting the "You"s in YouTube (2013) - present)
- ROBIN THE FROG: A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008) - present
- Floyd Pepper: Studio DC: Almost Live hosted by Selena Gomez (2008) - present
- Crazy Harry: Stars & Stripes Forever (2008) - present
- Lew Zealand : A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008) - present
- Camilla the Chicken: Classical Chicken (2008) - present
- Dr. Julius Strangepork (Bohemian Rhapsody (2011), The Muppets (2011)
- Uncle Deadly: The Muppets (2011) - present
- Pops: behind-the-scenes video (2011) - present
- The Big Bad Wolf: Sesame Street Episode 4319 (2013)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Jerry "Twiddlebug" Nelson, Muppet Central Post August 22nd, 2006
- ↑ ToughPigs: Jerry Nelson - The Album, 1/13/2010
- ↑ Nelson, Jerry Tough Pigs interview with JERRY NELSON
- ↑ Studio DC Almost Live Hosted by Dylan & Cole Sprouse (I know the voices of the Muppets incredibly well & Jerry Nelson was totally doing the voice of Floyd but Matt Vogel performed the Muppetry). I would NEVER doubt Matt Vogel's word, but it sounds more like Jerry than Matt to me.
- ↑ JIMHENSONlegacy.org
- ↑ The Muppet Movie credits alternate audio
- ↑ 'Sesame Street' puppeteer Jerry Nelson dies
- ↑ Remembering Muppeteer Jerry Nelson
- ↑ The Big Bad Wolf’s casting history
- The Muppet Mindset interview with JERRY NELSON, part 1 part 2 part 3
- ToughPigs.com 2009 interview with JERRY NELSON
- Kenneth Plume’s 2000 interview with JERRY NELSON
- JERRY NELSON on Breathing.com
- Jessica Max Stein’s obituary/memorial essay for JERRY NELSON
- JIM HENSON’s Red Book entry about NELSON’s beginnings with the Muppets
- Halfway Down the Stairs fansite (archive.org)
- "Remembering JERRY NELSON" playlist on SESAME STREET’s YouTube Channel
- JERRY NELSON on IMDb
- JERRY NELSON Cameos
- Muppet Performers
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