- January 7, 1992) was a longtime Muppet performer who is known for his many characters, his accomplished singing voice, and his warm backstage personality.Hunt brought many popular characters to life, including Scooter, Beaker, Janice, Statler, Sweetums, Junior Gorg, Don Music and Forgetful Jones.Even after being a main puppeteer, Hunt would often perform in Sesame Street productions (such as Christmas Eve on Sesame Street and Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) where he didn't perform character voices.Richard Hunt served as a mentor to newer puppeteers."They threw a puppet at me and said sit down," Richard later reported to me. A few weeks later, he was invited to be in a workshop production.The newcomer was so good, Henson asked him to work a Muppet appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
During the first season, he shared the role of Miss Piggy with Frank Oz, but by the end of the first season, Piggy became Oz's main character, and Hunt no longer performed her. I'm going to be a different person, and, you know, people are going to be flocking to my door with scripts. You just walk around in the evening with this really heavy weapon in your hand, and nothing changes. Cast: Colleen Dewhurst (as "Melissa Gardner [from - ], Jason Robards (as "Andrew Makepiece") [from - ]. [on winning the Emmy Award] You think your life's going to change; it's going to change dramatically! One of his first major performances was as Taminella Grinderfall in The Frog Prince, puppeteering the character while Jerry Juhl performed the voice.He also performed Mildred and Big Mouse in The Muppets Valentine Show, and many minor characters in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence.