David Rudman

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David Rudman
David Rudman Cookie Monster puppeteer at SXSW 2015 (cropped).jpg
David Rudman at SXSW in 2015
Born (1963-06-01) June 1, 1963 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Puppeteer, writer, director, producer, musician
Years active 1981–present
Known for Current puppeteer of Baby Bear, Cookie Monster, Scooter and Janice
Notable work Sesame Street
The Muppets

David Rudman (born June 1, 1963) is an American puppeteer, writer, director, producer and musician, best known as a performer of many of Sesame Street's Muppets. He originated the role of Baby Bear, and has been nominated for four Emmy Awards for his work replacing Frank Oz in the role of Cookie Monster. However, Oz still comes in to record new material with Cookie Monster occasionally, as well as Grover and Bert.

Rudman also took over as Richard Hunt's half of the Two-Headed Monster after his death, along with Sonny Friendly, and also he took over for Sully to Jerry Nelson's Biff, the construction workers. He has also taken over two roles once held by Richard Hunt: Scooter and Janice of Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem.

He was the executive producer of Jack's Big Music Show, and performed the voice of Jack (which has since been canceled.) Rudman is also the executive producer, co-creator, and director of Bunnytown and the creator, executive producer, character designer, director and voice director of Nature Cat and provides the voices of several characters including Leo the Mammoth, Prospector Jones, Nevin and the Seeker.

Rudman has also written for Hocle and Stoty and Curious Buddies.

Rudman was the speaker at the 2005 graduation ceremony for the Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago.[1]

He attended Highland Park High School and graduated in 1981. He has been a speaker at the school's biennial Focus on the Arts program since 2003. He attended college at the University of Connecticut.[2] He has written and produced cartoons for MTV, Disney Channel, and Comedy Central.

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Preceded by
Richard Hunt
Performer of Scooter
2008 - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Richard Hunt
Performer of Janice
2008 - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Richard Hunt
Performer of Sully
1992 - 1999
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Richard Hunt
Performer of Sonny Friendly
1992 - 2000
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Richard Hunt
Performer of The Two-Headed Monster
1992 - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Frank Oz
Performer of Cookie Monster
2001 - present
Succeeded by
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