the Frog - Muppet frog on the PBS
children's series SESAME STREET and later the
star of the musical variety program THE MUPPET
Kermit T. Frog (voice of Jim Henson) is a
simple, honest frog from the swamps of Georgia
who came to Hollywood to seek his fortune.
Kermit's girlfriend is Miss Piggy (voice of
Frank Oz), a determined young swine who hopes
one day she and her little "Kermie" will be wed
(whether Kermit liked it or not).
Measuring two-feet tall from head to toe, Kermit
is a basic hand puppet with rod controls for arm
and leg movements. Henson's right hand fitted
inside Kermit's head.
The first Kermit puppet was made from cloth from
an old green coat owned by his mother and some
ping-pong balls used for eyes.
The Kermit character first appeared in 1956 on a
local Washington, D.C. program called SAM &
FRIENDS, created by Jim Henson and his wife,
In 1957, he starred in a commercial spot
entitled "Cannon Shot" created by the M. Belmont
ver Standig Inc. ad agency for the Wilkins
Kermit also appeared as a roving frog reporter
"Hi, ho, Kermit the Frog here" on skits
performed on the children's program SESAME
STREET/PBS/1969+; on guest appearances on the
TODAY program; and as part of the original
line-up on NBC's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE when it
premiered on October 11, 1975.
Kermit really made it big as the master of
ceremonies of the variety program THE MUPPET
SHOW/SYN/1976-81 where he was the calm amidst
the storm of a number of crazy creatures.
He later starred in a series of successful
muppet movies beginning with The Muppet Movie
(1979), when Kermit left his home in Georgia to
find fame in the glittering town of Hollywood.
The song "Rainbow Connection" (sung by Kermit)
from the same movie became a popular hit record.
Sequel movies included The Great Muppet Caper
(1981) and The Muppets Take Manhattan
(1984) when Kermit married Miss Piggy.
The Saturday morning cartoon series THE MUPPET
BABIES/CBS/1984-92 featured Kermit as very young
frog in a nursery filled with other Muppet
babies supervised by a nanny.
Sadly, the original voice of Kermit was
laid to rest with the death of his creator, Jim
Henson who died of complication due to pneumonia
in May 16, 1990.
Kermit the Frog later appeared on the July, 1990
cover of Life magazine. In 1992, Pocket
Books published Kermit's first book for adults
entitled One Frog Can Make A Difference:
Kermit's Guide To Life In The '90s, with
chapters like "I'm Okay, You're a Pig" and
"Frogs Who Hop With Women Who Run With Wolves
But Can't Keep Up."
On a 1998 "In the year 2000" comedy skit on LATE
NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN, Conan prophesied "In
the year 2000 after 23 years, Kermit the Frog
will leave Miss Piggy when he converts to
Judaism and can no longer eat pork."
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