Steve Whitmire — a world-reknown puppeteer from the Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop and the Muppets Studio — shares his advanced puppetry knowledge and unique experiences with adults (who are kids at heart) at the 2018 Niagara Falls Comic Con.
Steven Lawrence “Steve” Whitmire (born September 24, 1959) is an American puppeteer who has worked on “The Muppets” and “Sesame Street.” Beginning his involvement with the Muppets in 1978, Whitmire inherited the roles of Kermit the Frog and Ernie after Jim Henson’s death in 1990. He went on to perform those characters until 2016 and 2014, respectively. As part of the Muppet cast, he has appeared in multiple feature films and television series, performing a variety of characters on The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and “Fraggle Rock” and during such occupations has worked for the Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop, and the Muppets Studio. Other muppet characters he has performed are Beaker, Statler, Rizzo the Rat, Lips (the trumpet player from Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem), Foo-Foo (Miss Piggy’s dog), The Muppet Newsman, Wembley Fraggle and Sprocket the Dog on “Fraggle Rock” and Bean Bunny in “The Tale of the Bunny Picnic” (1986). Some of his non-muppet puppetry credits include “The Dark Crystal” (1982), “Labyrinth” (1986) and the “Dinosaurs” TV series (1991 to 1994). Whitmire also voiced Link Hogthrob in the video games “Muppet RaceMania” and “Muppet Party Cruise.”