Jim Martin has been a Muppeteer & Director for SESAME STREET since the 1980s, most notably playing Preston Rabbit but most often featured in a variety of 1-shot & right-handing roles (notably as the primary hand of OSCAR THE GROUCH for a number of SESAME STREET seasons). Although he still performs, he transitioned primarily into directing on the series, becoming the main director of the "Elmo’s World" segments, as well as various specials, videos, & spin-offs. He also directed on other Muppet series, including Bear in the Big Blue House & The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. To date, with the other regular SESAME STREET directors, Martin has shared in five Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Direction in a Children’s Series (for 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, & 2009). Jim Martin has also directed for the non-Muppet series Johnny & the Sprites, Between the Lions & The Puzzle Place.
Jim also portrayed the GREEN GROUCH who plays in OSCAR’s JUNK Band. Also, whenever OSCAR THE GROUCH & BIG BIRD (characters both performed by CAROLL SPINNEY) have to be in the same scene together, Jim operates OSCAR to a vocal track by SPINNEY which lets the latter perform BIG BIRD.
- SESAME STREET: Harry the Hopping Haystack, Preston Rabbit, OSCAR THE GROUCH (assistant), Hansel & Gretel (assistant), Surprised, The Sun (in "Here is Your Life"), The Great Blecchini
- Muppet Meeting Films: Smilin' Ed
- Elmo’s World: Computer, CG Objects, Cactus
- Dog City
- Billy Bunny's Animal Songs: Gopher, Frog
- The Muppets Take Manhattan: Animal, Robin the Frog, others (Wedding Finale only)
- DON’T Forget to Watch the Movie
- Wow, You’re a Cartoonist!
- The Cosby Show ("Cliff's Nightmare"): Doglion, Cauliflower
- Monster Hits!
- Rock & Roll!
- Dance Along!
- The Muppets Celebrate JIM HENSON
- SESAME STREET Home Video Visits the Hospital: GROUCH Girl
- SESAME STREET Stays Up Late: Max Mekker
- Elmo Saves Christmas
- Telling the Truth
- Play With Me SESAME
- Happy, Healthy, Ready for School
- A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
- The Puzzle Place - Ben Olafsen
- Once Upon a Tree - Forest the Beaver
- The Great Space Coaster - M.T. Promises, Gary Gnu
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Steigerwald, Bill. "Puppeteer Jim Martin..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 2, 1993.
- ↑ Roe, Ryan. Tough Pigs interview with John Tartaglia (part 2), August 29, 2013
- ↑ Jarmulowski, Vicki. "Puppet Power." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Nov 28, 1983
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