Jim Henson

1936 - 1990

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James Maury Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was an American puppeteer, animator, cartoonist, actor, inventor, and filmmaker who achieved worldwide notice as the creator of The Muppets and Fraggle Rock (1983–1987) and director of The Dark Crystal (1982) and Labyrinth (1986). He was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and raised in Leland, Mississippi, and University Park, Maryland.Henson began developing puppets in high school. He created Sam and Friends (1955–1961), a short-form comedy television program, while he was a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with Jane Nebel who was a senior. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jim Henson has received more than 7,461,470 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia. Jim Henson is the 301st most popular film director (down from 268th in 2019), the 2,005th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,797th in 2019) and the 88th most popular Film Director.

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Among film directors, Jim Henson ranks 301 out of 1,581Before him are Leos Carax, Carol Reed, Ermanno Olmi, Tsui Hark, Henry King, and John Landis. After him are Gaspar Noé, King Vidor, Ishirō Honda, Philippe de Broca, Mikio Naruse, and Thomas Vinterberg.

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Among people born in 1936, Jim Henson ranks 112Before him are Dan Inosanto, Jo Siffert, Théo Sarapo, Carol Gilligan, Ghassan Kanafani, and Charles Dutoit. After him are Ivan Stambolić, Georgina Spelvin, Omar Suleiman, Jacques Mesrine, Roger Whittaker, and Jannis Kounellis. Among people deceased in 1990, Jim Henson ranks 59Before him are Philippe Soupault, Sammy Davis Jr., John Stewart Bell, Viktor Tsoi, Volodymyr Shcherbytsky, and Hussein Onn. After him are Lewis Mumford, Sergei Dovlatov, Angelo Schiavio, Delphine Seyrig, Samuel Noah Kramer, and Curtis LeMay.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jim Henson ranks 2,005 out of 18,182Before him are Martin Kove (1946), Margaret Bourke-White (1904), Harlow Shapley (1885), George Lakoff (1941), John Landis (1950), and Peter Criss (1945). After him are Jack Welch (1935), Irving Penn (1917), Charles Sweeney (1919), Jim Parsons (1973), Megan Fox (1986), and King Vidor (1894).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Jim Henson ranks 88Before him are Darren Aronofsky (1969), Michael Bay (1965), Garry Marshall (1934), Richard Brooks (1912), Henry King (1886), and John Landis (1950). After him are King Vidor (1894), Frank Borzage (1894), John Frankenheimer (1930), Walter Lantz (1899), Saul Bass (1920), and Jerome Robbins (1918).