Richard Hunt was an American puppeteer, best known for his work with the Muppets.
was born 16 August 1951 and showed an early interest in puppets,
putting on shows for local children when he was in middle and high
school. After briefly serving as a weatherman, Richard got in touch with
Jim Hensen and became one of the Muppets crew in 1969.
Richard portrayed a variety of characters for Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and Fraggle Rock. On Sesame Street, Richard voiced characters such as Placido Flamingo, Gladys the Cow, and Elmo (an early version). On Fraggle Rock,
he was Junior Gorg. Most of Richard's work, however, was with the
Muppets. For a time, he and Frank Oz shared the role of Miss Piggy.
Later Richard voiced and controlled Scooter, Janice, Beaker, Statler,
Sadly, Richard died on 7 January 1992 from
complications from AIDS. He was sorely missed by the Muppet Family. To
read some tributes to Richard (including one written by Kermit the
Frog), click here.