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  • Bill Barretta
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  • Along with having his own Muppet characters, Barretta has taken over Jim Henson's roles of Mahna Mahna, Dr. Teeth, Rowlf the Dog, and the Swedish Chef.
  • Bill Barretta (born June 19, 1964 in Yardley, Pennsylvania) is an American puppeteer and producer, who has been performing with the Muppets and The Jim Henson Company since 1991. His first big break came when he performed the body of Earl Sinclair on Dinosaurs. He soon rose in the ranks to become one of the leading Muppet performers, performing such characters as Clueless Morgan, Pepe the King Prawn, Johnny Fiama, Bobo the Bear and Big Mean Carl, as well as bringing life back to Jim Henson's roles of Dr. Teeth, Mahna Mahna, Rowlf the Dog and The Swedish Chef.
  • Originally from Yardley, Pennsylvania, Barretta was trained at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City as an actor and has appeared in the feature films Murder in the First and Born to Be Wild. He also worked as a carpenter before joining Henson. He met Brian Henson while they were both working at Sesame Place, and the younger Henson encouraged him to join the company.
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Spouse
  • Cristina Campbell
Name
  • Bill Barretta
Years Active
  • 1991
Title
  • Performer of Dr. Teeth
  • Performer of Mahna Mahna
  • Performer of Rowlf the Dog
  • Performer of The Swedish Chef
Before
Years
  • 1990
  • 1996
  • 2001
  • 2005
After
  • None
Occupation(s)
  • Puppeteer, producer
Born
  • 1964-06-19
  • Yardley, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality
  • 20
after-years
  • None
before-years
  • 1962
  • 1969
  • 1975
  • 1991
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  • Bill Barretta (born June 19, 1964 in Yardley, Pennsylvania) is an American puppeteer and producer, who has been performing with the Muppets and The Jim Henson Company since 1991. His first big break came when he performed the body of Earl Sinclair on Dinosaurs. He soon rose in the ranks to become one of the leading Muppet performers, performing such characters as Clueless Morgan, Pepe the King Prawn, Johnny Fiama, Bobo the Bear and Big Mean Carl, as well as bringing life back to Jim Henson's roles of Dr. Teeth, Mahna Mahna, Rowlf the Dog and The Swedish Chef. He also supplied additional voices for the Disney Channel animated series Kim Possible.
  • Originally from Yardley, Pennsylvania, Barretta was trained at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City as an actor and has appeared in the feature films Murder in the First and Born to Be Wild. He also worked as a carpenter before joining Henson. He met Brian Henson while they were both working at Sesame Place, and the younger Henson encouraged him to join the company. His first break came performing the body of Earl Sinclair on Dinosaurs. From suit performance, Barretta transitioned to assisting and supporting roles in The Animal Show, playing multiple small character roles in Muppet Classic Theater and Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree, and made his film debut as a principal performer playing Clueless Morgan in Muppet Treasure Island. He later developed several new characters on Muppets Tonight, including Pepe the King Prawn, Johnny Fiama and Bobo the Bear. Along with having his own Muppet characters, Barretta has taken over several of Jim Henson's roles, such as Dr. Teeth, Rowlf the Dog, Mahna Mahna and the Swedish Chef. On Sesame Street, Barretta originated the role of Elmo's dad Louie who first appeared in Sesame Beginnings (and was subsequently inherited by Tyler Bunch). In addition, Barretta has served as a producer for It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz. He's also served as Muppet Captain for more recent projects such as The Muppets. He also co-wrote the screenplay of the Creature Shop film Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (appearing on camera as Thunderdell). Barretta directed a test pilot for the America's Next Muppet pitch and directed another presentation pilot featuring the Muppet in mock documentary style, focusing on the Muppets' efforts to launch a network television series. The second presentation pilot was written and produced by Bill Prady and featured puppetry by Barretta, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire and Eric Jacobson.
  • Along with having his own Muppet characters, Barretta has taken over Jim Henson's roles of Mahna Mahna, Dr. Teeth, Rowlf the Dog, and the Swedish Chef.
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