Uncle Deadly (Muppet)
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|The Muppets character|
|First appearance||The Muppet Show|
|Created by||Jim Henson|
|Occupation||Stage actor, henchman|
Uncle Deadly is a Muppet character originally performed by Jerry Nelson on The Muppet Show. He was also intended to be featured in the unproduced Muppets spin off television series Uncle Deadly's House of Badness. His appearance is as a blue, dragon-like monster. In his first full part on the show, in episode 121, he was known as the "Phantom of The Muppet Show."
Although he made his first appearance alongside Vincent Price on episode 119 of The Muppet Show, Uncle Deadly did not receive his proper introduction until episode 121. One by one, the Muppets tell Kermit the Frog that they have seen a phantom, but Kermit refuses to believe them until he sees Uncle Deadly with his own eyes. Once revealed, Uncle Deadly explains that he used to perform at the Muppet Theater, where he played Othello until he was killed... by the critics.
Uncle Deadly sang a handful of songs on the show, including singing a bar of "You're Just in Love" with Ethel Merman and "Sheik of Araby", and performed in the Muppet Melodrama sketches with Miss Piggy and Wayne in the third season. Although he did not have a major role in any of the Henson helmed Muppet movies, Uncle Deadly did appear in the final group scenes at the end of The Muppet Movie and The Muppets Take Manhattan. He also appeared on The Tonight Show in 1979 when Kermit hosted.
In the December 2000 issue of the Writers Guild magazine Written By, which featured interviews with Muppet writers Jim Lewis, Kirk Thatcher and John Derevlany, it was mentioned that one of the projects Thatcher had in development was a silly Goosebumps-type TV show called Uncle Deadly's House of Badness.[full citation needed] The project never got off the ground, and it's unknown if a pilot was filmed or if a script was even completed.
Uncle Deadly makes his first appearance in over 20 years in The Muppets, in which he is voiced by Matt Vogel. He and Bobo the Bear are the henchmen of oil tycoon Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), who wants to demolish the Muppet Theater and drill for oil on the site. As Richman tries repeatedly to stop the Muppets from raising the funds to buy the theater, Deadly realizes his mistake and decides he too is a Muppet and not a Moopet. He forces Richman off the theater roof before he can cut the wires on the transmission tower and joins the group. Uncle Deadly is seen during the finale version of "Life's a Happy Song" and seen during the credits as he watches the Moopets run towards Tex Richman for their payment.
Uncle Deadly later appears in Muppets Most Wanted as the organist at Miss Piggy's wedding.
- The Muppet Show (1976-81)
- The Muppet Movie (1979)
- The Tonight Show (1979)
- The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
- The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986)
- The Muppets at Walt Disney World (1990)
- Muppet Vision 3-D (1991)
- The Muppets (2011)
- Muppets Most Wanted (2014)