Our favorite childhood characters become such a deep part of our memories and experiences that the sound of their voices can promptly bring their faces to mind even though it may be years since we’ve watched a beloved cartoon, like Sesame Street.
Have you ever wondered what the faces behind those beloved voices look like though? From Big Bird to Miss Piggy to Homer Simpson, our favorite characters have real-life people behind them and some of those faces — and stories — just might surprise you.
Read on to see who’s behind your favorite characters.
Everyone loves the eight-foot, two-inch yellow bird that’s been a fixture of the Sesame Street neighborhood since 1969, but did you know that the voice behind the feathery yellow friend is also the voice for grump Oscar the Grouch?
Long-time puppeteer Caroll Spinney has been the voice behind Big Bird since the loveable character’s debut. Spinney has also voiced Big Bird’s grandmother, Granny Bird, recording Granny Bird’s voice in advance so Spinney can also voice Big Bird.
Elmo is a little red monster who's hard to forget! Who can forget the Tickle Me Elmo toy craze or the his signature song, “Elmo’s World?”
Unfortunately, it’s also hard to ignore the scandal surrounding Kevin Clash — the most well-known voice of Elmo. He was the voice behind the beloved character from 1984 until 2012, when sexual assault allegations lead Clash to resign from Sesame Street.
D’oh! Springfield’s most doughnut-loving dad, Homer Simpson, has been making us laugh with his goofy antics for thirty years and even shares a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with the rest of his cartoon family.
Dan Castellaneta has been the voice of Homer since the beginning and also voices other characters on The Simpsons, including Krusty the Clown and Homer’s dear old dad, Grampa Simpson.
Bart Simpson has been giving his dad, Homer, trouble for 28 seasons on the longest running show on television, The Simpsons. But the voice behind his iconic “eat my shorts!” actually belongs to Nancy Cartwright.
Miss Piggy is everyone’s favorite diva. This polished pig may have an on-again, off-again relationship with Kermit the Frog, but she’s been a fan favorite since her debut on The Muppet Show in 1976.
Many fans are surprised to find out that until 2002, Miss Piggy was voiced by legendary puppeteer Frank Oz. Frank Oz was also the voice behind another iconic puppet character, Yoda, from Star Wars.
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