History's HEROES? Dated Septemer 24 1936 - May 16 1990

Jim Henson

Created by

Conan E


Borehamwood, England
Jim Henson's muppet show was filmed there, and thats where Jim spent a majority of his time while the show was in production


  • Emmy Award for Sam and Friends
  • Acadamy Award nomination for Timepiece
  • Created Sesame Street
  • Created The Muppet Show
  • Created Fraggle Rock
  • Inducted into Television Acadamy Hall of Fame
  • Got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • One of TIME magazines top 100 influential artists and entertainers of the century
  • Multiple President's awards
  • National Television achievement award


  • Brave / Courageous
  • A good and strong leader
  • Altruistic (puts other first e.g. risks or gives life for others)
  • Clever
  • Visionary (has far reaching ideas)
  • Good or moral (strong beliefs or principles)
  • Has integrity (stands up for what they believe and act accordingly)
  • Perseverant / Tenacious (keeps going despite challenges)
  • Inspiring / Charismatic
  • Determined
  • Ambitious
  • Kind and compassionate
  • Just and fair minded

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"When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there." - Jim Henson

"My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here." - Jim Henson

The man who made millions of people happy

Jim Henson was an American puppeteer whose works, including Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, were seen by millions.

Jim Henson was born James Maury Henson, on September 24, 1936 in Greenville Mississippi. He grew up listening to the radio and watching television once his family bought one, and he greatly enjoyed the programs that were on. Jim decided to devote his life to the arts, and was offered a job as a puppeteer on television while he was still in college. The show he made was very popular and he was soon being drafted to make lots of commercials and appearances with his characters, which he would call "Muppets". In the year 1969, Jim and his group of puppeteers were asked to provide characters for a new children's show, Sesame Street. While the show was a major success, Jim was worried he would be type casted as merely a child entertainer. As time went on, Jim wanted to produce a show for adults. He tried pitching his ideas to many different American producers, but they wouldn't accept his ideas. Eventually, a British producer named Lew Grade allowed Jim to film his show in England. The show Jim created, "The Muppet Show", would become one of the most popular shows of all time. However, in 1990, Jim started feeling sick. He ignored its symptoms and went on with his life. However, it was discovered he had Group A Streptococcus. By the time he arrived in the emergency room at a New York hospital, it was too late to save him. He died at around 1 AM, about 20 hours after having been checked into the hospital.

Life in Jim Henson's world

Jim had a wife and had five children. He was always calm and collected, but also focused and ambitious. He always was working or with his family. When he was working, he always had fun while he worked with his colleagues, and was coming up with new ideas all the time.

Was Jim Henson a Hero?

  • He was visionary
  • He would sooner make people happy than earn profit
  • He was a great leader of his team
  • He was inventive
  • He was a problem solver
  • He was ambitious
  • He was persistant and tencious
  • He was calm and gentle
  • He took action when needed
  • He didn't want to cause problems for others

Things you might not know about Jim Henson

Jim Henson from a young age never visited doctors, even when he was sick or injured, due to family beliefs. However, when he developed pneumonia in 1990 that led to his death, he didn't visit a hospital until it was too late. Had he arrived at the hospital even an hour or two earlier, he might still be alive today.
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