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Mr. Rogers and Big Bird.

Fred Rogers (1928-2003) was an ordained Presbyterian minister who was the star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which was in production from 1968 to 2001. Premiering one year before Sesame Street, the two shows become synonymous with public television and more specifically their children's programming.

Although both Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood are both long running critically acclaimed shows, the latter only won four Emmys (one for lifetime achievement) and the Peabody Award in 1968. It also holds the distinction of being PBS' longest-running show.

While not considered a puppeteer, Fred Rogers was the hand behind many of his characters on his show, including King Friday XIII and Daniel Striped Tiger. He also composed all of the operas on the show.

He succumbed to stomach cancer shortly after his retirement from the series.

In 1981, Mr. Rogers appeared in Sesame Street Episode 1575, and Big Bird appeared in the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" segments of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood during the same year.

At one time, Disney-MGM Studios had three tile mosaic portraits featuring Rogers, Jim Henson, and Burr Tillstrom in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. All three have since been removed.

External links

  • Official site
  • IMDb
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