James Maury "Jim" Henson was an American puppeteer born 24 September 1936. Henson became famous in the 1960s when he joined the children's educational television program Sesame Street, and there helped develop characters for the series. In 1976, after
scrapping plans for a Broadway show, he produced The Muppet Show which lasted for five series consisting of 120 episodes which were first broadcast in Britain between 5 September 1976 and 15 March 1981. He won fame for his creations, particularly Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, and Ernie; he was involved with Sesame Street for over 20 years.