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November 3, 1963 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Puppeteer, director, producer and technician|
|Spouse(s)||Mia Sara (m. 2010)|
|Parent(s)||Jim Henson (1936–1990)
Jane Henson (1934–2013)
|Relatives||Lisa Henson (born 1960)
Cheryl Henson (born 1961)
John Henson (1965–2014)
Heather Henson (born 1970)
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 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).
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 who tries to suck out Gonzo's brain, in Muppets from Space (1999).
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 an executive producer's role Henson played himself as the head judge on the 2014 reality TV show Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge. He performed the roles of Janice and Scooter in the 2002 made for TV movie It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.
Henson is the co-creator, producer, and currently a performer in the adult-themed puppet-based variety show Puppet Up!, and played various characters from that variety show on the British program That Puppet Game Show.
For 2001's "The Muppet Show Live", in addition to performing his own Muppet characters, Henson also performed one of his father's characters, The Muppet Newsman, for the first time. He reprised the role for the 2003 video game "Muppets Party Cruise".
|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||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