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The Legendary Big Bird Puppeteer Is Flying Away From Sesame Street After Nearly 50 Years

October 17, 2018 2:54 PM
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Spinney, who has played both Big Bird and Oscar since the show’s 1969 premiere, announced his retirement in a statement that Sesame Street shared on Twitter on Wednesday.

“Before I came to Sesame Street, I didn’t feel like what I was doing was very important,” the 84-year-old said. “Big Bird helped me find my purpose. Even as I step down from my roles, I feel I will always be Big Bird. And even Oscar, once in a while! They have given me great joy, led me to my true c...

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