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Whitmire at the movie screening of "Muppets Most Wanted", at the White House, Mar. 12, 2014.
|Born||Steven Lawrence Whitmire
September 24, 1959
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Steven Lawrence "Steve" Whitmire (born September 24, 1959) is an American puppeteer who has worked for The Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop, and Disney's The Muppets Studio. He has been the performer of Kermit the Frog and Ernie since the death of Jim Henson in 1990.
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Steve Whitmire first appeared (unpaid), as a pre-show event, at Six Flags Over Georgia. He performed with his then alter-ego puppet Otis for the children waiting to see a multimedia show.
From there Whitmire appeared on local Atlanta TV with his puppet Otis. WATL-TV was owned at that time by former Atlanta children's television host "Officer Don" Kennedy. Otis made appearances on various WATL 36 shows with Ludlow Porch, performing the Georgia Bulldogs Larry Munson, Don Kennedy and Entertainment Page host Artie Goodman. As Otis, Whitmire interviewed Olivia Newton-John during a tour promoting an album.
He worked with puppets after graduating high school, and he eventually got a job working on The Muppet Show in 1978. Since then, Whitmire has performed in almost every major Henson company project, including non-Muppet fare, such as The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth and Dinosaurs.
Muppet 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 Richard Hunt and the practical retirement of Jerry Nelson, Whitmire took over the roles of Beaker and Statler. He also voiced Link Hogthrob in the Muppet RaceMania and Muppet Party Cruise video games. He also recently performed Hogthrob for the 2011 movie The Muppets. The appearance featured the first speaking appearance of the puppet ever since the death of Jim Henson, the original performer of the character. Hogthrob appears in several scenes in the background and gets a moment in the spotlight as part of a barbershop quartet, singing "Smells Like Teen Spirit." He has also, since, 2008, been the new performer of another of Jim Henson's roles, The Muppet Newsman.
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|1978-1981||The Muppet Show||Rizzo the Rat, Lips, Foo-Foo, Fletcher Bird (voice), additional characters||Performer|
|1979||The Muppets Go Hollywood||Additional characters, extra||Performer/actor|
|1979||The Muppet Movie||Kermit the Frog (assistant for "Rainbow Connection" number), additional characters||Performer|
|1979||John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together||Additional characters||Performer|
|1981||The Great Muppet Caper||Rizzo the Rat, Lips||Performer|
|1982||The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show||Rizzo the Rat, back-up singer, additional characters||Performer/actor|
|1982||The Dark Crystal||Skeksis Scientist||Performer|
|1983-1987||Fraggle Rock||Wembley Fraggle, Sprocket, Marlon Fraggle, Flange Doozer, Murray the Minstrel, additional characters||Performer|
|1983||Rocky Mountain Holiday||Rizzo the Rat, additional characters||Performer|
|1984||The Muppets Take Manhattan||Rizzo the Rat, Gill the Frog, Dog, additional characters||Performer|
|1985||Dreamchild||The Caterpillar (puppetry only), Mock Turtle (puppetry only)||Puppeteer|
|1986||The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years||Rizzo the Rat, additional characters||Performer|
|1986||Labyrinth||The Four Guards (puppetry only), Firey 4 (puppetry only), Ambrosius (puppetry only)||Puppeteer|
|1986||The Christmas Toy||Mew||Performer|
|1986||The Tale of the Bunny Picnic||Bean Bunny||Performer|
|1987||A Muppet Family Christmas||Rizzo the Rat, Lips, Sprocket, Christmas Turkey, Wembley Fraggle,||Performer|
|1987||Inter Tube||Henry, Duke||Performer|
|1989||The Jim Henson Hour||Bean Bunny, Flash, Jacques Roach, Waldo C. Graphic, Yellow Extreme, additional characters||Performer|
|1990||The Muppets at Walt Disney World||Rizzo the Rat, Bean Bunny, Lips, additional characters||Performer|
|1990||The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson||Rizzo the Rat, Bean Bunny, Kermit the Frog||Performer|
|1991||Muppet Vision 3D||Rizzo the Rat, Bean Bunny, Waldo C. Graphic||Performer|
|1991||Dinosaurs||B.P. Richfield (puppetry), Robbie Sinclair (face), Chief Elder (face), Mr. Mason Dixon, Sonny Woody, Blarney, Judge H.T. Stone (puppetry)||Performer/puppeteer|
|1992||The Muppet Christmas Carol||Rizzo the Rat, Bean Bunny, Sprocket, Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Belinda Cratchet, additional characters||Performer|
|1992-?||Muppet Meeting Films||Flunky, Mr. Briteweight, Kermit the Frog||Performer|
|1993||Sesame Street Stays Up Late!||Ernie||Performer|
|1993–present||Sesame Street||Ernie, Dr. Feel, Cookie Monster's Mother, Kermit the Frog||Performer/voice|
|1994||Jim Henson's Animal Show||Jake the Polar Bear, Wingo the Shoebill, Lawrence the Orangutan||Performer|
|1994||Muppet Classic Theater||Rizzo the Rat, Kermit the Frog||Performer|
|1995||Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree||Bear, Kermit the Frog, Owl||Performer|
|1996||Muppet Treasure Island||Rizzo the Rat, Kermit the Frog, Beaker, The Dodo, Walleye Pike, Jacques Roach, Inkspots, Rats||Performer|
|1996||Things that Fly||Co-Pilot, Kermit the Frog||Performer|
|1999||CinderElmo||Ernie, Kermit the Frog, Prince the Dog||Performer|
|1998||Elmopalooza||Kermit the Frog, Ernie||Performer|
|1994||Muppet Sing-Alongs: It's Not Easy Being Green||Kermit the Frog||Performer|
|1996-1998||Muppets Tonight||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Bean Bunny, Captain Pighead, Andy Pig, Mr. Poodlepants, additional characters||Performer|
|1995||Muppets on Wheels||Kermit the Frog||Performer|
|1996||Elmo Saves Christmas||Kermit the Frog||Performer/puppeteer|
|1996||Muppets Inside||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Food Monster||Voice only|
|1999||Muppets From Space||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Bean Bunny, Cosmic Fish, Beach hippie, Alien Gonzo||Performer/actor|
|1999||The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland||Ernie, Bad Humor Man, Football Stenchman, Sharon Groan, Stuckweed||Performer|
|2000||Muppet RaceMania||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Bean Bunny, Link Hogthrob, Doozer, Gil the Frog||Performer/voice|
|2000||Muppet Monster Adventure||Kermit the Frog/Ker-Monster, Beaker, Rizzo the Rat||Performer/voice|
|2001||The Muppet Show Live||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Dr. Teeth (Assistant)||Puppeteer|
|2002||Kermit's Swamp Years||Kermit the Frog, Young Kermit, Chico, Jack Rabbit||Performer|
|2002||It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Statler (puppetry only, except for one undubbed line), Mr. Poodlepants, Bean Bunny, one of the Elvises||Performer/puppeteer|
|2003||Muppets Party Cruise||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Bean Bunny, Link Hogthrob, Andy Pig||Performer/voice|
|2004-2006||Pizza Hut||Kermit the Frog, Statler||Puppeteer|
|2005||The Muppets' Wizard of Oz||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Statler||Performer|
|2005-2006||Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony||Statler (Ep. 1-8)||Performer|
|2006||The Muppets: A Green and Red Christmas||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Statler||Performer|
|2007||Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium||Kermit the Frog||Performer|
|2008||Disney Xtreme Digital||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Statler, The Newsman, Singing food, Bean Bunny, Turkey||Performer|
|2008||Muppet viral videos||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Statler, Rabbits, Pumpkins, Penguins, Turkey||Performer|
|2008||Studio DC: Almost Live||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Statler||Performer|
|2008||A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Statler||Performer|
|2009||Bohemian Rhapsody||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Statler, The Newsman, Chicken, Bunny, Penguin, Snowth, Turkey||Performer|
|2010||The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora||Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Andy Pig, Foo-Foo, The Muppet Newsman||Performer|
|2011||OK Go||Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Rizzo the Rat, Statler, Sheep||Performer|
|2011||Alamo||Kermit the Frog||Puppeteer|
|2011||The Muppets' Fan-A-Thon||Kermit the Frog||Voice only|
|2011||UL||Kermit the Frog, Beaker||Performer|
|2011||WWE Raw||Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Statler||Puppeteer|
|2011||The Muppets||Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Rizzo the Rat, Statler, Link Hogthrob, The Muppet Newsman, Lips||Performer|
|2012||WWE Tribute to the Troops||Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat|
|2013||Good Luck Charlie||Kermit the Frog (Episode 78)||Puppeteer/Guest Star|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Kermit the Frog, Foo-Foo, Statler, Beaker, Lips, Rizzo the Rat, Link Hogthrob, The Muppet Newsman||Performer|
||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (September 2012)|
- "Ratting Out", Muppet Central, 1999. Accessed 24 November 2009.
- Hennes, Joe (15 October 2008). "My Week with Steve: Day 4". ToughPigs.com. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
- "Voice Of Rizzo the Rat". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
- top-story (2009-01-01). "The Stories Behind 20 Muppet Favorites". Mental Floss. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
|Performer of Kermit the Frog
1990 - present
|Performer of Beaker
1992 - present
|Performer of Ernie
1993 - present
|Performer of Link Hogthrob
2000 - present
|Performer of Statler
2002 - present
|Performer of The Muppet Newsman
2008 - present