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November 3, 1963 |
New York City
|Occupation||Puppeteer, director, producer and technician|
|Spouse(s)||Ellis Flyte (1990-2002)
Mia Sara (2010–present)
|Parent(s)||Jim Henson (1936–1990)
Jane Henson (1934–2013)
|Relatives||Lisa Henson (born 1960)
Cheryl Henson (born 1961)
John Henson (1965–2014)
Brian Henson (born November 3, 1963) is an American puppeteer, director, producer, and the chairman of The Jim Henson Company. The son of puppeteers Jim and Jane Henson, Brian was born in New York City.
Brian Henson was the middle child and first born son of Jane Henson and Jim Henson. As a child, he made several cameo appearances in some of the filmed segments his father produced for the PBS children's series Sesame Street, most notably in various segments of the "Number Song Series." As he got older, he built the very first Muppet penguin puppet for the opening "Lullaby of Broadway" segment of a season three episode of The Muppet Show, guest starring Gilda Radner. During his summer break from high school in 1980, he assisted in the bicycle sequence from The Great Muppet Caper (1981). He helped create and operate a special rigging device that was created to allow the Muppets to ride bicycles, since he was skilled in the use of marionette puppets. A few years later, he similarly operated a marionette of Scooter riding a bicycle in The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984).
During the 1980s, Henson wanted to make a name for himself and find work without his father's help. As a result, he 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. In addition, 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).
Henson is the co-creator, producer, and currently a performer in the Off-Broadway puppet-based variety show geared toward adults called Stuffed and Unstrung. He also plays various characters on That Puppet Game Show.
Henson for the live show, "The Muppet Show Live", from 2001, in addition to performing his own Muppet characters, also performed one of his father's characters, The Muppet Newsman, for the first time, the second time being the 2003 video game "Muppets Party Cruise".
Henson is the executive producer and plays himself as the head judge for the reality TV show Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge where contestants compete for $100,000 and a job working at Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
Henson has been married to actress Mia Sara since 2010. They have a daughter named Amelia Jane Henson.
|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|
|1985||Santa Claus: The Movie||Animatronic puppeteer|
|1986||Little Shop of Horrors||Principal puppeteer|
|1986||The Christmas Toy||Cruiser||TV movie|
|1987||Jim Henson Presents Mother Goose Stories||Co-director|
|1988-1991||The Storyteller||Storyteller's Dog/Devil/Griffin||TV series|
|1989||The Jim Henson Hour||Storyteller's Dog/Dog the Dinosaur||TV series|
|1990||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Second unit director/Chief puppeteer|
|1991-1994||Dinosaurs||Grandma Ethyl Phillips/Arthur Rizzic
|1992||The Muppet Christmas Carol||Director/Producer||Film|
|1996||Aliens in the Family||Executive producer||TV series|
|1996||Gulliver's Travels||Co-executive producer||TV miniseries|
|1996||Muppet Treasure Island||Director/Producer||Film|
|1996-1998||Muppets Tonight||Sal Minella/Dr. Phil Van Neuter/Seymour/Nigel
|1997-2003||Bear in the Big Blue House||Executive producer||TV series|
|1999||Muppets From Space||Dr. Phil Van Neuter/Sal Minella/Talking Sandwich
|1999-2003||Farscape||Executive producer||TV series|
|2000||The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland||Executive producer||Film|
|2001||Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story||Director||TV movie|
|2002||It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie||Scooter/Sal Manilla/Janice
|2004||Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars||Director/Executive producer||TV series|
|2005||The Muppets' Wizard of Oz||Sal Manilla
|2008||Pajanimals||Executive producer||TV series|
|2008-2009||Sid the Science Kid||Executive producer||TV series|
|2009-2011||Dinosaur Train||Executive producer||TV series|
|2010||Hot Dog TV||Voice
|2013||Ventrilocompany Studios Update||Co-executive producer||TV series|
|2013||That Puppet Game Show||Various||TV series|
|2014||Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge||Executive producer and Head Judge||TV series|
|Performer of Scooter
2002 - 2003
|Performer of Janice
2002 - 2003
- Muppet Wiki: Brian Henson
- HDPS Wiki: Brian Henson
- Brian Henson at the Internet Movie Database
- YouTube Interview