‘Muppets’ Puppeteer John Henson Dies at 48

Puppeteer John Henson, the youngest son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson who performed as the nine-foot-tall ogre Sweetums for many years, died Friday after a heart attack. He was 48.

John Henson was a shareholder in and board member of the Jim Henson Co. His credits in the Sweetums character, for which he provided the voice and performed in a body suit, include pics “Muppet Treasure Island,” “It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie” and “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz.”

More Film

  • NANTUCKET, MA - JUNE 23: (L-R)

    How Long Will TV and Film's Boom Market for Female Stories Last?

    Puppeteer John Henson, the youngest son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson who performed as the nine-foot-tall ogre Sweetums for many years, died Friday after a heart attack. He was 48. John Henson was a shareholder in and board member of the Jim Henson Co. His credits in the Sweetums character, for which he […]

  • 'Ideal Home' Review: Steve Coogan, Paul

    Film Review: 'Ideal Home'

    Puppeteer John Henson, the youngest son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson who performed as the nine-foot-tall ogre Sweetums for many years, died Friday after a heart attack. He was 48. John Henson was a shareholder in and board member of the Jim Henson Co. His credits in the Sweetums character, for which he […]

  • 'Calibre' Review: A Terrific, Intensely Terrifying

    Edinburgh Film Review: 'Calibre'

    Puppeteer John Henson, the youngest son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson who performed as the nine-foot-tall ogre Sweetums for many years, died Friday after a heart attack. He was 48. John Henson was a shareholder in and board member of the Jim Henson Co. His credits in the Sweetums character, for which he […]

  • CHRIS PRATT stars as Owen in

    Box Office: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Gnaws on $144 Million Debut Weekend

    Puppeteer John Henson, the youngest son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson who performed as the nine-foot-tall ogre Sweetums for many years, died Friday after a heart attack. He was 48. John Henson was a shareholder in and board member of the Jim Henson Co. His credits in the Sweetums character, for which he […]

  • Leung Chiu-wai

    Tony Leung Breaks With Wong Kar-wai’s Jettone (Reports)

    Puppeteer John Henson, the youngest son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson who performed as the nine-foot-tall ogre Sweetums for many years, died Friday after a heart attack. He was 48. John Henson was a shareholder in and board member of the Jim Henson Co. His credits in the Sweetums character, for which he […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    ‘Jurassic World’ Holds off ‘Incredibles 2’ in China

    Puppeteer John Henson, the youngest son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson who performed as the nine-foot-tall ogre Sweetums for many years, died Friday after a heart attack. He was 48. John Henson was a shareholder in and board member of the Jim Henson Co. His credits in the Sweetums character, for which he […]

  • shanghai skyline China Placeholder

    Regulators Keep Chinese Film Industry in Suspense

    Puppeteer John Henson, the youngest son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson who performed as the nine-foot-tall ogre Sweetums for many years, died Friday after a heart attack. He was 48. John Henson was a shareholder in and board member of the Jim Henson Co. His credits in the Sweetums character, for which he […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content