|Born||November 3, 1963|
New York City, U.S.
(m. 1990; div. 2002)
Henson was born on November 3, 1963 in New York City, the third child of Jane Henson (née Nebel; 1934–2013) and Jim Henson (1936–1990). He has four siblings: Lisa (born 1960), Cheryl (born 1961), John (1965–2014) and Heather Henson (born 1970).
As a teenager, he built the first Muppet penguin puppet for the opening "Lullaby of Broadway" segment of a Season 3 episode of The Muppet Show. During his summer break from high school at the age of 17, Henson assisted in the production of The Great Muppet Caper (1981); skilled in the use of marionette puppets, he helped create and operate a special rigging device that allowed the Muppets to appear to ride bicycles. Several years later, after performing marionette work in The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) in the scene in which rats cook food in a diner, he specialized in managing complicated special effects.
Henson performed Jack Pumpkinhead in Return to Oz (1985), operated special effects for Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) and was a principal performer for the Audrey II puppet in Little Shop of Horrors (1986), controlling mouth movement while others performed the lips and vines. He also performed the voice of Hoggle, one of the main characters in his father's film Labyrinth (1986), and the dog in both versions of The Storyteller (1988 and 1990).
In 1992, Henson directed The Muppet Christmas Carol and directed the next film in the franchise, Muppet Treasure Island, in 1996. He performed the role of Dr. Phil van Neuter, the Muppet mad scientist in Muppets from Space (1999). In 2018, he directed and produced The Happytime Murders, a puppet crime-comedy film for adult audiences.
Henson was the executive producer for several television series: Dinosaurs (1991–94), Aliens in the Family (1996), Bear in the Big Blue House (1997–2006) and Farscape (1999–2003). In addition to assuming an executive producer role, Henson served as the head judge on the 2014 reality television show Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge. He performed the roles of Janice and Scooter in the 2002 television film It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.
Henson is the cocreator, producer and performer for the adult-themed puppet-based variety show Puppet Up!, and has played various characters from the show on the British program That Puppet Game Show.
For The Muppet Show Live in 2001, Henson performed his own Muppet characters and one of his father's characters, The Newsman, for the first time. He reprised the role for the 2003 video game Muppets Party Cruise.
Henson married Ellis Flyte, costume designer for the 1986 fantasy adventure film Labyrinth, in November 1990. They divorced in 2002. Since 2010, Henson has been married to actress Mia Sara. They have one child, a daughter born in 2005.
|1981||The Great Muppet Caper||Muppet performer||Also made a cameo appearance|
|1984||The Muppets Take Manhattan||Muppet performer||Uncredited|
|1985||Return to Oz||Jack Pumpkinhead (voice actor)||Puppeteer of head and hands|
|1985||Santa Claus: The Movie||Animatronic puppeteer|
|1986||Little Shop of Horrors||Principal puppeteer|
|1986||Labyrinth||Hoggle/Goblin (voice actor)|
|1987||Jim Henson Presents Mother Goose Stories||Co-director|
|1990||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Second unit director/Chief puppeteer|
|1990||Basil Hears a Noise||Puppeteer
|1992||The Muppet Christmas Carol||Director/Producer|
|1996||Muppet Treasure Island||Director/Producer|
|1999||Muppets from Space||Dr. Phil Van Neuter/Sal Minella/Talking Sandwich
|1999||The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland||Executive producer|
|2017||The Star||Executive producer|
|2018||The Happytime Murders||Crab/on-screen cameo (photograph)
|1986||The Christmas Toy||Cruiser||TV movie|
|1988–1991||The Storyteller||Storyteller's Dog/Devil/Griffin|
|1989–1990||The Jim Henson Hour||Storyteller's Dog/Dog the Dinosaur/ Head of the Ultragorgon|
|1990||Basil Hears a Noise||Puppeteer
|1991–1994||Dinosaurs||Grandma Ethyl Phillips/Arthur Rizzic
|1992–1994||Dog City||Executive producer|
|1996||Aliens in the Family||Executive producer|
|1996||Gulliver's Travels||Co-executive producer|
|1996–1998||Muppets Tonight||Sal Minella/Dr. Phil Van Neuter/Seymour/Nigel
|1997–2003||Bear in the Big Blue House||Executive producer|
|1999||Alice in Wonderland||Executive producer||TV movie|
|2001||Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story||Director||TV movie|
|2002||It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie||Scooter/Sal Minella/Janice
|2004||Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars||Director/Executive producer|
|2005||The Muppets' Wizard of Oz||Sal Manilla
|2008||Jim Henson's Pajanimals||Executive producer|
|2008–2009||Sid the Science Kid||Executive producer|
|2009–2011||Dinosaur Train||Executive producer|
|2010||Hot Dog TV||Voice
|2013||That Puppet Game Show||Various|
|2014||Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge||Executive producer and Head Judge|
|2020||Prop Culture||Himself||Episode: "The Muppet Movie"|
|2020||Earth to Ned||Vincent||Episode: "I've Got a Ned Feeling About This"; Also executive producer|
|2021||Muppets Haunted Mansion||Sal Minella||Halloween special for Disney+|
|2000||Muppet RaceMania||Sal Minella/Dr. Phil Van Neuter||Voice|
|2003||Muppets Party Cruise||Scooter/Sal Minella/Janice/The Muppet Newsman|
Awards and nominations
|1996||Primetime Emmy Awards||Gulliver's Travels||Outstanding Miniseries||Won|
|Muppets Tonight||Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series||Nominated|
|1997||The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss||Outstanding Children's Program||Nominated|
|1997||Satellite Awards||Muppet Treasure Island||Best Animated or Mixed Media Film||Nominated|
|1998||Primetime Emmy Awards||The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss||Outstanding Children's Program||Nominated|
|2019||Golden Raspberry Awards||The Happytime Murders||Worst Picture||Nominated|
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