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John Henson (puppeteer)

John Henson
Born (1965-04-25)April 25, 1965
Greenwich, Connecticut
Died February 14, 2014(2014-02-14) (aged 48)
Saugerties, New York
Cause of death Heart attack[1]
Resting place Cremation
Occupation Puppeteer
Spouse(s) Gyongyi Henson
(m. ?–2014; his death)
Children Katrina Henson (born 1999), Sydney Henson (born 2003)
Parent(s) Jim Henson (1936–1990)
Jane Henson (1934-2013)
Relatives Lisa Henson (born 1960)
Cheryl Henson (born 1961)
Brian Henson (born 1963)
Heather Henson (born 1970)

John Paul Henson (April 25, 1965 – February 14, 2014) was an American puppeteer best known for his association with The Muppets.


  • Biography 1
  • Filmography 2
    • Television 2.1
    • Film 2.2
    • Video games 2.3
    • Miscellaneous 2.4
  • References 3
  • External links 4


John Henson was the son of puppeteers Jim Henson (1936-1990), best known as the creator of the Muppets, and Jane Henson (1934-2013), who assisted in the launch of the Muppets. He had four siblings: Brian Henson, Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, and Heather Henson.

John performed Muppet character Sweetums starting in 1991 following the death of Richard Hunt (who trained John Henson in performing Sweetums). The role has since been passed to different puppeteers, including David Rudman, Noel MacNeal, Rob Mills and Matt Vogel. Vogel officially assumed the role in 2009

Henson died of a heart attack on February 14, 2014 at his home in Saugerties, New York. His family had a private funeral for him. His ashes were given to his family.[1][2]




Video games



  1. ^ a b John Henson, son of Muppets creator, dies
  2. ^ Muppets' John Paul Henson dies at 48

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