Jerry Juhl (1938–2005)

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Jerry Juhl became the first full-time employee of Jim Henson Co. in 1961 after meeting Henson at a puppeteer's convention. The company coined the term "Muppet," a combination of the words marionette and puppet, and created a series of short skits parodying television news people. Juhl worked on Jim Henson's first television show, Sam and Friends (... See full bio »

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 2015 Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow (TV Movie) (story)
 2006 Today (TV Series) (sketch writer - 1 episode)
- How Does It Work? Making It on Broadway. (2006) ... (sketch writer)
 1999 Muppets from Space (written by)
 1996 Muppets Treasure Island (Video Game) (1996 screenplay)
 1996 Muppet Treasure Island (screenplay)
 1992 The Muppet Christmas Carol (screenplay)
  The Jim Henson Hour (TV Series) (4 episodes, 1989) (written by - 1 episode, 1992)
- Secrets of the Muppets (1992) ... (written by)
- Garbage (1989)
- Dog City (1989)
- Monster Telethon (1989)
 1990 The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (TV Short documentary) (written by)
 1990 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1990 The Earth Day Special (TV Special)
 1988 The Best of Ernie and Bert (Video short)
 1988 The Alphabet Game (Video short)
 1987 A Muppet Family Christmas (TV Movie) (written by)
  Fraggle Rock (TV Series) (writer - 26 episodes, 1983 - 1987) (head writer - 20 episodes, 1985 - 1987) (written by - 1 episode, 1983)
- Change of Address (1987) ... (writer)
- The Honk of Honks (1987) ... (head writer)
- The Gorg Who Would Be King (1987) ... (head writer)
- Inspector Red (1987) ... (head writer) / (writer)
- Ring Around the Rock (1987) ... (head writer)
 1985 Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook (Video)
 1981 The Great Muppet Caper (written by)
 1981 The Muppets Go to the Movies (TV Movie)
 1976-1981 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (written by - 120 episodes)
- Buddy Rich (1981) ... (written by)
- Chris Langham (1981) ... (written by)
- Debbie Harry (1981) ... (written by)
- Wally Boag (1981) ... (written by)
- Gene Kelly (1981) ... (written by)
 1979 The Muppet Movie (written by)
 1979 The Muppets Go Hollywood (TV Special)
 1975 Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (TV Short) (story)
 1974 It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown (TV Movie) (story)
 1974 The Muppets Valentine Show (TV Special) (written by)
 1973 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (TV Special short) (story)
 1968-1972 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #12.78 (1972) ... (writer)
- Episode #8.94 (1969) ... (writer)
- Episode #7.191 (1968) ... (writer)
 1971 Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince (TV Movie) (book)
 1970 The Great Santa Claus Switch (TV Movie)
  NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode, 1969) (writer - 1 episode, 1968)
- The Cube (1969) ... (written by)
 1964 The Land of Tinkerdee (TV Movie)
 1963 The Jimmy Dean Show (TV Series) (sketch writer)
 1962 Tales of the Tinkerdee (TV Movie)
 1955-1961 Sam and Friends (TV Series) (13 episodes)
- Last Sam Show (1961)
- Poison to Poison (1960)
 1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (sketch writer)
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Show Show Actor (13 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Self (10 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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(Early 1960s) Jerry became a member of the Oaklands Park-based 'Vagabond Puppet Theater', with fellow puppeteer Frank Oz.

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I did it for self-protection, I never rated much [as a puppeteer], so I figured I'd better save my job by doing something else.-Commenting on why he stopped puppeteering and started writing for the Muppets See more »


First met Jim Henson at a Puppeteers of America convention. See more »

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