The alter ego of Big Bird, “Sesame Street’s” Caroll Spinney, will fly off with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The puppeteer, who plays the roles of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on PBS’ long-running kids show, will receive the honor at the 33rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards April 28 in Los Angeles.
Spinney was chosen for his work entertaining and educating children for nearly four decades, since the series’ debut in 1969.
Spinney’s characters have been seen in 4,000 episodes of “Sesame Street” as well as in TV specials that have taken Spinney to China, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, Canada and the U.K.
His work has garnered him four Emmy Awards.
“The Academy is proud to honor the man who has dedicated his career to creating and sustaining for four decades two of the most-loved and respected children’s television characters,” said NATAS prexy Peter Price.
This will be the first time the Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast from Hollywood.