Kevin Jeffrey Clash is an American puppeteer, director, and producer who is best known as the man behind Elmo on Sesame Street from 1984 to 2012. His other Muppet characters include Hoots the Owl, Natasha, and Benny Rabbit. Clash resigned from Sesame Workshop in November 2012, following allegations of misconduct, despite being cleared of the charges. He has since relocated to the Jim Henson Company, continuing to puppeteer for various projects.
For Disney, he portrayed Baby Sinclair and Mr. Ashland in the TV series Dinosaurs, as well as occasionally puppeteered Ethyl Phillips in a few early episodes. Other Muppet characters he played were Polly Lobster, Clifford, and Carter.