Peter Linz

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Peter Linz
Peter Linz, DragonCon 2011.jpg
Linz at the 2011 Dragon Con
Born (1967-06-28) June 28, 1967 (age 50)
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Puppeteer
Years active 1989—present

Peter Linz (born June 28, 1967) is an American puppeteer.[1] His most prominent role is being the performer for the character Walter who was introduced in the 2011 feature film The Muppets.[2][3] He then took over the roles of Herry Monster and Ernie from Sesame Street in 2017. Linz recounts receiving the role as his favorite; "Apart from my wedding day and birth of my children, being cast as Walter was one of the greatest moments of my life. I was beyond happiness."[4]

He has performed many characters on children's television shows: perhaps some of his best known performing roles are Snook in It's a Big Big World, Tutter in Bear in the Big Blue House and Theo Lion in Between the Lions, though he has also performed in Blue's Room, Sesame Street,[3] and The Puzzle Place. Following the departure of Steve Whitmire, he took over the roles of Statler, Link Hogthrob and Lips. Since 2017, he has started performing Robin the Frog, taking over the role from Matt Vogel, who's currently voicing Kermit the Frog.

Linz also performed in the Broadway musical Avenue Q.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role(s) Notes
1990–present Sesame Street Alistair Cookie (assistant)
Honkers
Osvaldo, el Gruñón (1990s)
Yo-Yo (puppetry only)
Additional Muppets
Bif
Herry Monster
Ernie (2017–present)
1993 Sesame Street Stays Up Late! Additional Muppets
1994 Muppet Sing-Alongs: It's Not Easy Being Green Goldfish
1994 Sesame Street: A New Baby in My House Princess Azalea
1994–1998 The Puzzle Place Skye
Nuzzle
1996 Aliens in the Family Varch
Elder the Nertron Galatic Federation
Yukkles
Others
1997–2006 Bear in the Big Blue House Tutter
Pip
Jacques the Beaver
Luna (puppetry only)
Shadow (puppetry only)
Ray the Sun (puppetry only)
Big Old Bullfrog
1997 Sesame Street: Kids' Guide to Life: Telling the Truth Additional Puppeteer
1998 Elmopalooza Additional Puppeteer
1998 Sesame Street: Grover's Travels A Twiddlebug Girl
1999 Muppets From Space Miss Piggy (puppetry only)
Shakes
Additional Muppets
2000–2010 Between the Lions Theo Lion
Heath the Thesaurus (2001–2002)
Announcer Bunny
2003–present Avenue Q Additional Puppeteer
2004–2007 Blue's Room Polka Dots
Doodle Board
2006–2010 It's a Big Big World Snook
Oko
2008 Sesame Street: Count on Sports Additional Muppets
2008 Abby in Wonderland Additional Muppets
2008 A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa Additional Muppets
2008 Lomax, the Hound of Music Lomax
Various humans
2011 30 Rock Additional Muppet Puppeteer
2011 The Muppets Walter
Droop (behind-the-scenes)
Singing Food in "Me Party" number
Mutation
hippie (voice)
Human Walter (voice)
2013 Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map Phamtom Parrot (puppetry only)
Gnarlybeard (puppetry only)
Stu Stukowsk (puppetry only)
Lighthouse Lou (puppetry only)
2013 Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase Elmo (voice only, grand opening ceremony)
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Walter
Manolo Flamingo
Finger-snapping prisoner in "The Big House" number
Baby
2015–2016 The Muppets Walter (presentation pilot)
Angel Marie (presentation pilot)
Happy Yellow Creature (presentation pilot)
Gloria Estefan
2017 The Muppets Take the Bowl Walter
Robin the Frog
Statler
Link Hogthrob
Lips
Snowth
Live show at the Hollywood Bowl, Sept. 8–10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garlen, Jennifer C.; Graham, Anissa M. (2009-07-05). Kermit culture: critical perspectives on Jim Henson's Muppets. McFarland. pp. 187–. ISBN 9780786442591. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Barnes, Henry. The Muppets - review", The Guardian, 26 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b Sam. Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Muppets, DiscDish.com, 19 January 2012.
  4. ^ Hiskey, Michele. "Atlanta Muppeteer Peter Linz fulfills quest for identity with Walter’s fame". Saporta Report. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  5. ^ King, Randall. "Muppet man: Jason Segel livin' large starring with fuzzy legends in film he wrote". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 

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Preceded by
Billy Barkhurst
Performer of Ernie
2017 – present
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Tyler Bunch
Performer of Herry Monster
2017 – present
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Steve Whitmire
Performer of Statler
2017 – present
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Matt Vogel
Performer of Robin the Frog
2017 – present
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Steve Whitmire
Performer of Link Hogthrob
2017 – present
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Steve Whitmire
Performer of Lips
2017 – present
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Steve Whitmire
Performer of Rizzo the Rat
2017-Present
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