Eric Jacobson

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Eric Jacobson
Born (1970-07-25) July 25, 1970 (age 47)
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Puppeteer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Mary Jacobson

Eric Jacobson (born July 25, 1970) is an American puppeteer, best known for performing the Muppet characters Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Sam the Eagle for Disney's The Muppets Studio, as well as Sesame Street characters Bert and Grover—all roles that he inherited from the characters' original performer, Frank Oz.[1] As of 2015, Jacobson is now Caroll Spinney's understudy for Oscar the Grouch.

Career[edit]

Jacobson, a native of Fort Worth, initially started playing Bert and Grover on Sesame Street in 1998, and officially joined the cast of the classic Muppet Show Muppets in 2001.[citation needed] His role expanded on Sesame Street in 2002 to include new Grover segments, particularly Global Grover. However, Oz occasionally comes in to Sesame Street to record new material with those characters.

In 2001, the same year that he worked on The Book of Pooh, where he worked on Piglet and Kanga, he also began playing Miss Piggy, debuting at the "Muppetfest" convention.[2] Subsequently, in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002), he performed the roles of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Animal. In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005), he added Sam the Eagle.

Jacobson has appeared in numerous other television shows and movies as well.

Guest appearances[edit]

Jacobson's Miss Piggy has appeared on Rove Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Tony Danza Show, Good Morning America[citation needed], This Morning, WWE Raw, Take Two with Phineas and Ferb, Good Luck Charlie, WWE Tribute to the Troops. and appeared in an episode of the Disney Channel Original Series So Random!.

His Grover has appeared on Good Morning Australia, Rove Live, and Jimmy Kimmel Live![citation needed]. His Fozzie has appeared on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and @midnight. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition included Muppet guests, such as Jacobson's Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Animal[citation needed]. Jacobson's Bert appeared in episode 22 of Between the Lions' season 2, "Tweet! Tweet!".

Credits[edit]

Year Production Role Other notes
1994–present Sesame Street Bert (1997 – present), Grover (1998 – present), Guy Smiley (2005 – present), Oscar the Grouch (2015 – present; understudy) Performer
1997–2006 Bear in the Big Blue House Harry the Duck Performer
2001–2003 The Book of Pooh Piglet Performer (puppetry only)
2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Yoda Performer
2005 The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2007 Elmo's Christmas Countdown Bert, Grover Performer
2008 A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2008 Studio DC: Almost Live Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2008–2009 Muppet YouTube Shorts Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2011 The Muppets Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle, Marvin Suggs Performer
2013 Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map Shaggy Rogers Performer (puppetry only)
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam Eagle, Animal Performer
2015 Muppet Moments Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam Eagle, Animal Performer
2015–2016 The Muppets Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2016–present The Muppets Present...Great Moments in American History Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam Eagle Voice, theme park show
2017 The Muppets Take the Bowl Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle, Newsman Performer, live show at the Hollywood Bowl, Sept. 8–10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (March 11, 2014). "How Kermit and the Muppets Got Their Mojo Back". Variety. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ Lloyd, Robert (May 16, 2015). "If Harry Shearer leaves 'The Simpsons,' what will happen? Just ask Bugs Bunny". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 

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Preceded by
Frank Oz
Performer of Bert
1997 – present
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Frank Oz
Performer of Grover
1998 – present
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Frank Oz
Performer of Miss Piggy
2001 – present
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Frank Oz
Performer of Fozzie Bear
2002 – present
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Frank Oz
Performer of Animal
2002 – present
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Kevin Clash
Performer of Sam Eagle
2005 – present
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Don Reardon
Performer of Guy Smiley
2005 – present
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Steve Whitmire
Performer of The Muppet Newsman
2017 - present
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