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Captain Link Hogthrob
Link Hoghtrob in "Bear on Patrol", with Patrol Bear and multiple Beakers

Link Hogthrob is the blonde, cleft-chinned pig with a high opinion of himself on The Muppet Show. He debuted in the second season as the not-so-fearless captain of the Swinetrek, where his unbridled machismo was often a source of conflict with his co-star, First Mate Piggy.

Unlike Dr. Julius Strangepork, whose role on The Muppet Show would be primarily relegated to the Pigs in Space sketches, Link would feature regularly both in the show's on stage acts and backstage mayhem.

His singing talents were first featured in his second appearance, where he sang "I Talk to the Trees." Other musical numbers included solos ("Sonny Boy"), duets with Miss Piggy ("La Ci Darem La Mano"), and group numbers ("Sea Chantey," "The Rhyming Song").

Starting in the show's third season, Link was also featured as the police chief in the recurring "Bear on Patrol" sketches, where his dimwittedness was often the source of phsyical trauma to Patrol Bear.

Link was later one of the few classic Muppet Show characters to be used regularly in the Muppet Central control room on The Jim Henson Hour. His most notable appearance was in episode 107, in which he believes that he has a disease called Canadian Snout Fever, after reading a book of silly diseases and by coincidentally encountering a number of things related to the book's symptoms. Other notable appearances include episode 105 (where he tested the Response-O-Matic, a device used to change television programs based on what the viewers want), and episode 112 (in which he appeared in a sketch as a food critic at a restaurant).

Though largely retired after Jim Henson's death, Link has since appeared occasionally in silent cameos in such productions as The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppets Tonight. His only speaking roles since 1990 have been in the video games Muppet Race Mania and Muppets Party Cruise, as voiced by Steve Whitmire.

An action figure of Link was produced in 2003 as part of Series 4 of Palisades Toys' line of Muppet action figures.

Trivia

  • In episode 524, it is revealed that Link wears a toupee. (His latest one looks like a frisbee and is often mistaken for one.)
As a kid, whenever my dad did some stereotypical fatherly chore, like carving the Thanskgiving turkey, that would be the voice he would use. I guess when the character of this pompus, not-too-bright pig came along, he figured well that voice would fit just perfectly.

Filmography

Link (back, left) making a brief appearance in The Muppet Christmas Carol

Book appearances


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