It’s a sad day for fans of counting.
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who was behind the iconic Count von Count on Sesame Street, passed away Thursday at 78. Nelson portrayed Count von Count from the ’70s until his retirement in 2004. After he retired, he still voiced The Count, he just wasn’t the puppeteer anymore. Over his years on Sesame Street, he also gave life to Mr. Snuffleupagus and Grover’s customer Mr. Johnson, CBC reports.
In addition to his work on Sesame Street, Nelson also performed as Gobo Fraggle on the cult ’80s show Fraggle Rock. The Jim Henson Company has put together a nice YouTube playlist of great Nelson moments on Fraggle Rock.
Besides his television work, he was also involved with productions such as 1979’s The Muppet Movie and 1981’s The Great Muppet Caper.
On Sesame Street’s website, the following message was posted: