PuppetVision Blog Archives: Obituaries

Remembering Teddy Ruxpin creator Ken Forsse (1936-2014)

Teddy Ruxpin

I was sorry to learn that inventor and television producer Ken Forsse has passed away at the age of 77 after a lengthy illness. Ken was best known as the creator of the popular talking teddy bear Teddy Ruxpin in the 1980s, but few people realize he was also an early pioneer in animatronics and that his famous talking teddy was originally conceived for a puppet show almost a quarter century earlier. Continue reading

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Remembering Lewis Mahlmann (1927-2014)

Lewis Mahlmman

While we were in the midst of building several hand puppets for PuppetVision: The Movie earlier today, I saw some sad news pop up on Facebook…American puppeteer Lewis Mahlmann had passed away. Although Lewis’ name might not be well-known internationally, … Continue reading

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Remembering Leslie Press

British puppeteer Leslie Press

Sad news from the UK…British Punch and Judy puppeteer Leslie Press, son of the late (and legendary) Percy Press Sr. has passed away. Continue reading

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Remembering Zina Nicole Lahr

Remembering Zina Nicole Lahr

Zina Nicole Lahr was an extremely talented young artist, puppeteer, designer and special effects artist who died last week in a tragic accident after sustaining a fall while hiking in Colorado. Continue reading

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Remembering Andrew Agee (1978 – 2013)

Remembering Andrew Agee (1978 – 2013)

I was shocked and very sad to learn that Oklahoma Puppeteer Andrew Agee – who often went by the name “The Puppet Man” – sadly passed away on July 4th. He was just 35 years old. Continue reading

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Rita MacNeil, Flying on Your Own

Rita MacNeil, Flying on Your Own

Beloved Canadian folksinger Rita MacNeil passed away last week and was laid to rest yesterday in her hometown of Big Pond, Nova Scotia. She had no real connection to puppetry, but her music has been a staple in the act … Continue reading

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Thank you Jane Henson (1934-2013)

Jane Henson

The Jim Henson Company has announced that puppeteer and philanthropist Jane Nebel Henson sadly passed away at her home in Connecticut earlier today after a long battle with cancer. Continue reading

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Rest in Peace Clinton Detweiler (1936 – 2013)

Clinton Detweiler

Sadly, I just learned that Clinton Detweiler – who was an important pioneer in the American Ventriloquist community – passed away yesterday following a heart attack. Clinton’s daughter Joy posted this earlier today on his blog: It is with heavy hearts … Continue reading

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