Steve Whitmire

Biography

Steve Whitmire (born September 24, 1959) is a puppeteer with The Jim Henson Company. He has been the performer of two signature Muppets - Kermit the Frog and Sesame Street's Ernie - since the passing of their creator, Jim Henson, in 1990. Characters original to Whitmire include Rizzo the Rat, Lips (the trumpet player from Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem), Foo-Foo (Miss Piggy's beloved dog), Fraggle Rock's Wembley Fraggle, and Bean Bunny. Following the death of puppeteer Richard Hunt and Jerry Nelson's departure,Whitmire took over the roles of Beaker and Statler.He also voiced Link Hogthrob in the Muppet Party Cruise. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, he professed interest in puppetry in his childhood. While in high school, Whitmire swore to his classmates that he would one day be Kermit the Frog. Steve first appeared on local Atlanta TV with his then alter ego puppet Otis. WATL-TV was owned at that time by former Atlanta kids show host "Officer Don" Kennedy. Otis made appearances on various WATL 36 shows with Ludlow Porch, voice of the Georgia Bulldogs Larry Munson, Don Kennedy and Entertainment Page host Artie Goodman. Whitmire as his friend Otis, interviewed Olivia Newton John during a tour promoting her current album at the time. He worked with puppets after graduating from high school, and eventually got a job working on The Muppet Show in 1978. Since then, Whitmire has performed in every major Henson company project, including non-Muppet fare such as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and the ABC television series Dinosaurs. He was also seen in Dead Poetic's "New Medicines" music video.

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It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

Kermit / Rizzo the Rat / Beaker / Bean Bunny / Mr. Poodlepants / Statler (voice)

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Muppets Most Wanted

Kermit the Frog / Foo Foo / Statler / Beaker / Lips / Rizzo the Rat / Link Hogthrob / The Newsman (voice)

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Kermit's Swamp Years

Kermit the Frog, Jack Rabbit, Chico (voice)

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The Muppets Take Manhattan

Rizzo the Rat / Gill - Frog / Baby Kermit / Chicken / College Student in Audience / Dog / Lew Zealand (voice)

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A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

Kermit the Frog / Rizzo the Rat / Statler / Beaker (voice)

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The Christmas Toy

Mew (voice)

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John Denver & The Muppets: Rocky Mountain Holiday

Rizzo The Rat (voice)

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Muppet Classic Theater

Kermit the Frog / Rizzo the Rat (voice)

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Play with Me Sesame: Goodnight Sesame

Ernie (Voice)

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The Tale of the Bunny Picnic

Bean Bunny (voice)

Starring In
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Muppets Most Wanted

Kermit the Frog / Foo Foo / Statler / Beaker / Lips / Rizzo the Rat / Link Hogthrob / The Newsman (voice)

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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

Himself (archive footage)

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The 84th Annual Academy Awards

Kermit the Frog - Presenter (voice)

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The Muppets

Kermit / Beaker / Statler / Rizzo / Link Hogthrob / The Newsman (voice)

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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together

Muppet Performer

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A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

Kermit the Frog / Rizzo the Rat / Statler / Beaker (voice)

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Elmo's Christmas Countdown

Ernie (voice)

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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

Kermit the Frog (voice)

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Play with Me Sesame: Goodnight Sesame

Ernie (Voice)

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A Sesame Street Christmas Carol

Muppet Performer (voice) (archive footage)

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The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

Kermit the Frog / Scarecrow / Beaker / Bean Bunny / Rizzo the Rat / Statler (voice)

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Weezer: Video Capture Device - Treasures from the Vault 1991-2002

Kermit the Frog / Statler (segment "Keep Fishin'") (voice)

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It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

Kermit / Rizzo the Rat / Beaker / Bean Bunny / Mr. Poodlepants / Statler (voice)

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Kermit's Swamp Years

Kermit the Frog, Jack Rabbit, Chico (voice)

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Elmo's World: Springtime Fun!

Ernie (1 episode, 2002)

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Muppets from Space

Kermit the Frog / Rizzo the Rat / Beaker / Cosmic Fish #1 / Bean Bunny / Beach Hippie (voice) (uncredited)

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The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

Ernie/Stuckweed/Football Stenchman/Ice Cream Vendor/Parrot (voice)

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Muppet Treasure Island

Kermit the Frog/Rizzo the Rat/Beaker/Bean Bunny/Rat (uncredited) (voice) (as Kermit the Frog & Rizzo the Rat)

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Sesame Street - Elmo Saves Christmas

Kermit the Frog (voice)

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Muppet Classic Theater

Kermit the Frog / Rizzo the Rat (voice)

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Holiday Greetings from 'The Ed Sullivan Show'

Kermit the Frog / Rizzo the Rat (voice)

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The Muppet Christmas Carol

Bob Crachit (Kermit the Frog) Rizzo the Rat/Beaker/Bean Bunny/Belinda Crachit/Beetle/Lips/Rat (uncredited)/Sprocket the Dog (uncredited) (voice)

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The Earth Day Special

Additional Muppets (voice) (as The Muppets)

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A Muppet Family Christmas

Turkey / Rizzo the Rat / Wembley Fraggle / Sprocket the Dog / Lips (voice)

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Labyrinth

The Four Guards / Firey 4 / Ambrosius (voice)

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The Christmas Toy

Mew (voice)

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The Tale of the Bunny Picnic

Bean Bunny (voice)

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Dreamchild

Mock Turtle / Caterpillar (voice)

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The Muppets Take Manhattan

Rizzo the Rat / Gill - Frog / Baby Kermit / Chicken / College Student in Audience / Dog / Lew Zealand (voice)

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John Denver & The Muppets: Rocky Mountain Holiday

Rizzo The Rat (voice)

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The Dark Crystal

Scientist (performer and voice) / Kira, A Gelfling (assistant) (voice)

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The Great Muppet Caper

Rizzo the Rat / Lips (voice)

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The Muppet Movie

Fletcher Bird/Scooter (voice)

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