Farewell, Caroll Spinney!
A look back at the man behind Big Bird, as he turns 82.
From the beginning
Peck on the beak
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.
Spinney sketched this piece as a baby gift for Jenna, when she was expecting her second child.
The original birdman
Spinney is seen walking around the set as half man, half bird.
By the book
Spinney, as Big Bird, sings "It's Not Easy Being Green" during the memorial service for Jim Henson in 1990.
Big Bird, who is portrayed as a 6-year-old, hangs out in his colorful digs.