Mike Quinn (puppeteer)

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Mike Quinn
Born1964 (age 54–55)
Other namesMike Quinby
Michael E. Quinn
Michael Quinn
OccupationPuppeteer, animator, actor, director, producer, voice-over artist, puppet builder, composer, mentor
Years active1981–present
Karen Prell
(m. 1988; div. 2004)

Mike Quinn (born 1964) is an English puppeteer, animator, actor, director, producer, voice-over artist, puppet builder, composer and mentor. He is also known as Mike Quinby, Michael E. Quinn, and Michael Quinn.

Early life and career[edit]

Quinn, who hails from London, began puppeteering at age eight, with a magic act for his family.

In 1977, Quinn regularly visited the set of The Muppet Show with his homemade puppets, eventually meeting Jim Henson. Through his visits, he learned more about puppeteering and received encouragement from Jim Henson and his co-workers.

After leaving school in 1980, Quinn joined The Jim Henson Company and worked on the 1981 film The Great Muppet Caper puppeteering in crowd scenes and acting as a double for various main Muppet characters. Quinn later designed and built the Podlings for The Dark Crystal, where he also performed the Skeksis Slave Master SkekNa (who was voiced by David Buck).

During the filming of Return of the Jedi, Quinn (and Kathryn Mullen) were assistant puppeteers to Frank Oz in his performance of Yoda . He also performed the role of Nien Nunb in Return Of the Jedi. Between the late 1980s and early 1990s, Quinn joined forces with fellow puppeteer David Barclay, creating Ultimate Animates, a production company specializing in new building and performing techniques for internal and external puppet productions.

Quinn was present at Jim Henson's memorial and joined other puppeteers in a performance of "Just One Person", operating one of the Penguins from The Muppet Show.

Quinn joined George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic as an animator, first working on Jurassic Park III and then Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

He reprised his role as Nien Nunb in Star Wars: The Force Awakens,[1] a role that he reprised again in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.[2]

On 2018, Mike Quinn provided the voice of the Stan Laurel-based character Agnes Packard in the Cartoon Network series, Mighty Magiswords opposing Ken Mitchroney voicing her Oliver Hardy-based husband Mr. Pachydermus in the episode "Pachydermus Packard and the Camp of Fantasy".[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

From 1989 to 2004, Mike Quinn was married to fellow puppeteer Karen Prell. He is also a relative of Mia Farrow since Mike's grandmother was the first cousin of Mia Farrow's mother Maureen O'Sullivan.



Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Great Muppet Caper Additional Muppets
1982 The Dark Crystal SkekNa - the slavemaster Skeksis Performer
1983 Return of the Jedi Nien Nunb and various roles Yoda (assistant performer)
1986 Little Shop of Horrors puppeteer
1986 Labyrinth Goblins plus various puppeteer
The Tale of the Bunny Picnic Bulbous, Mayor Bunnyparte Voice
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit puppeteer
1992 The Muppet Christmas Carol Undertaker Voice, Performer of Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear
1996 Muppet Treasure Island Additional Muppets
1998 A Bug's Life animator
1999 Toy Story 2 animator, including the 'Woody's Roundup' TV sequence
2001 Jurassic Park III dinosaur animator
2005 The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Additional Muppets Credited as Michael Quinn
2011 The Muppets Additional Muppets
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Additional Muppets
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Nien Nunb
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi [2]
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1983–87 Fraggle Rock Gobo Fraggle, Traveling Matt, Sprocket and various recorded regional variations for UK, Germany, France
1987 Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories Brown Gosling, Humpty Dumpty, plus various Credited as Mike Quinby
1988 The Storyteller Devil Episode: "The Soldier and Death" puppeteer
1989 The Ghost of Faffner Hall Riff 13 episodes
1993 The Great Bong Producer, director, puppeteer, puppet builder
1994 The Secret Life of Toys Various
1994 Jim Henson's Animal Show Chuck The Lion 4 episodes
2005 The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Muppet Performer
2013 Shake It Up Parrot Episode: "Ty It Up"
2013 Good Luck Charlie Additional Muppet Performer Episode: "Duncan Dream House"
2013 Glee Puppeteer Episode: "Puppet Master"
2015-16 The Muppets Additional Muppet Performer 12 episodes
2018 Kidding Secret Chef and Puppeteer 4 episodes
2018 Mighty Magiswords Agnes Packard Episode: "Pachydermus Packard and the Camp of Fantasy"


Year Title Role Notes
2015 TEDx Talk Assistant puppeteer to Kermit the Frog
2016 Outside Lands Music Festival Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Muppet Performer for Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem August 7
2017 The Muppets Take the Bowl Additional Muppet Performer Live show at the Hollywood Bowl, September 8–10
2018 The Muppets Take the O2 Muppet Performer and voices Live show at the 02 Arena London, July



  1. ^ Ward, Jason (25 October 2015). "Star Wars Legend Mike Quinn returns as Nien Nunb in Star Wars: The Force Awakens!". Making Star Wars. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b Orange, B. Alan (5 February 2016). "Nien Nunb Will Return in 'Star Wars 8'". MovieWeb. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/Ratfink/posts/10217976087739330?comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22O%22%7D
  4. ^ https://www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/magiswords/pachydermus-packard-and-the-camp-of-fantasy-episode.html

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