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    Happy birthday, Caroll Spinney!

    A look back at the man behind Big Bird, as he turns 82.

  • Caroll Spinney on the set of Sesame Street, portraying both Oscar the Grouch (voice only) and Big Bird

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    Famous address

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  • Sesame Street

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    From the beginning

  • Caroll Spinney on the set of Sesame Street, portraying both Oscar the Grouch (voice only) and Big Bird

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    Peck on the beak

  • Caroll Spinney, Oscar The Grouch

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    Double duty

  • Caroll Spinney on the set of Sesame Street, portraying both Oscar the Grouch (voice only) and Big Bird

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    Trash talking

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    Behind the scenes

    Before donning the 8-foot-tall costume, Spinney is equipped with a chest monitor and ear pieces so he can coordinate his movements. 

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    Avid artist

    Spinney sketched this piece as a baby gift for Jenna, when she was expecting her second child.

  • Caroll Spinney on the set of Sesame Street, portraying both Oscar the Grouch (voice only) and Big Bird

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    The original birdman

    Spinney is seen walking around the set as half man, half bird.

  • Caroll Spinney, Big Bird

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    By the book

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    Comforting voice

    Spinney, as Big Bird, sings "It's Not Easy Being Green" during the memorial service for Jim Henson in 1990.

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    Not-so-empty next

    Big Bird, who is portrayed as a 6-year-old, hangs out in his colorful digs.

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