Eric Jacobson

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Eric Jacobson
Born (1970-07-25) July 25, 1970 (age 44)
New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, puppeteer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Mary

Eric Jacobson (born July 25, 1970) is an American puppeteer best known for performing the Muppet characters; Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Sam the Eagle for Disney's The Muppets Studio, as well as Sesame Street characters Bert and Grover—all roles that he assumed from the characters' original performer Frank Oz.

Career[edit]

Jacobson initially started playing Bert in 1997, but officially joined the cast as Bert and additional Muppets in 2000.[citation needed] His role expanded in 2002 to include new Grover segments, particularly Global Grover. In 2001 he and David Rudman played Cookie Monster until 2002 when Sesame Workshop chose David as Cookie so there would be more interaction between Bert, Grover and Cookie Monster. However, Oz occasionally comes in to record new material with those characters.

His second role came in 2001 with The Book of Pooh, where he worked on Piglet and Kanga. That year, he also began playing Miss Piggy, debuting at the "Muppetfest" convention. Subsequently, in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002), he performed the roles of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Animal. In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005), as well as Sam the Eagle.

Jacobson appeared as the Little Bad Wolf in the pilot episode of Jack's Big Music Show.

Guest appearances[edit]

Jacobson's Miss Piggy has appeared on Rove Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Tony Danza Show, Good Morning America[citation needed], This Morning, WWE Raw, Take Two With Phineas and Ferb, Good Luck Charlie, WWE Tribute to the Troops. and appeared in an episode in the Disney Channel Original Series So Random.

His Grover has appeared on Good Morning Australia, Rove Live, and Jimmy Kimmel Live![citation needed]. His Fozzie has appeared on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition included Muppet guests, such as Jacobson's Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Animal[citation needed]. Jacobson's Bert appeared in episode 22 of Between the Lions' season 2, "Tweet! Tweet!".

Notable Credits[edit]

Credits
Year Production Role Other notes
1994-present Sesame Street Bert (1997-present), Grover (1998-present) Guy Smiley (2005–present) Performer
1997-2006 Bear in the Big Blue House Harry the Duck Performer
2001-2003 The Book of Pooh Piglet Performer (puppetry only)
2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal Performer
2005 The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2007 Elmo's Christmas Countdown Bert, Grover Performer
2008 A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2008 Muppet viral videos Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2008 Studio DC: Almost Live Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2011 The Muppets Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle, Marvin Suggs Performer
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam Eagle, Animal Performer

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Preceded by
Frank Oz
Performer of Bert
1997 - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Frank Oz
Performer of Grover
1998 - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Frank Oz
Performer of Miss Piggy
2001 - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Frank Oz
Performer of Fozzie Bear
2002 - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Frank Oz
Performer of Animal
2002 - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Frank Oz
Performer of Sam the Eagle
2005 - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Jim Henson
Performer of Guy Smiley
2005 - present
Succeeded by
None