Richard Hunt was an American puppeteer who was a longtime Muppet performer who is known for his many characters, his accomplished singing voice and his warm backstage personality.

He brought to life many beloved Muppet characters, such as Scooter, Janice, Beaker, Statler, Sweetums, Wayne and more.

His non-Disney Muppet credits include Sesame Street (performing Gladys the Cow, Don Music, Placido Flamingo, Forgetful Jones and Sully, among others) and Fraggle Rock (performing Junior Gorg, Gunge and others).

Richard Hunt & Jerry Nelson

Jerry & Richard

Richard Hunt working with Jerry Nelson.

Richard Hunt's characters were often paired w/ those of Jerry Nelson. On Sesame Street, Hunt's Sully was the construction worker sidekick to Nelson's Biff. Nelson's Floyd Pepper was often partnered with Hunt's Janice in musical numbers, & in a romantic relationship. Floyd also shared lead vocals in the "Mr. Bassman" number with Scooter, whose uncle J. P. Grosse, the owner of the Muppet Theater, was also a character Nelson voiced. Hunt performed Sweetums alongside 1 of Nelson's characters, Robin the Frog, (the nephew of Jim Henson's Kermit the Frog), in the song "Two Lost Souls", in episode 223, & every since then, they've been the best of friends. Hunt also performed Junior Gorg, the son of Nelson's Pa Gorg on Fraggle Rock.

Additionally, the 2 performers shared the role of the Two-Headed Monster. They also play the children in the Twiddlebug family with Hunt voicing the son, Timmy Twiddlebug, & Nelson as the daughter, Tina Twiddlebug. Another notable team-up included Hunt's role as Gunge, normally paired w/ Marjory the Trash Heap (a Nelson character), in addition to Dave Goelz' Philo character. Both performers had characters named after them in the band Little Jerry & the Monotones, with Hunt voicing Rockin' Richard alongside Nelson's Little Jerry. David Rudman took over for both Richard's half of the Two-Headed Monster & Sully after Richard passed away, keeping Richard's legacy alive by working with Jerry.

Jerry Nelson recalled the relationship:

"Richard came into the company when he was pretty young, & I kind-of took Richard under my wing, when he first came in, since Frank & Jim were sort-of a team & I was like a straight man or foil that worked off their characters. So when Richard came in, we got to a point where we would work really well together. When 1 of us would start to go somewhere, the other would know what was happening."

He died of AIDS-related complications on January 7th, 1992.

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