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Steve Whitmire (born September 24, 1959) is a puppeteer who started working for the Jim Henson Company on March 24, 1978. His career with the Muppets began on The Muppet Show, where he developed his first major character, Rizzo the Rat. Other characters puppeteered by Whitmire included Bean Bunny, Wembley Fraggle and Sprocket. When Jim Henson passed away in 1990, Whitmire was selected to take over the roles of Kermit the Frog and Ernie. Following Richard Hunt's death and Jerry Nelson's retirement, he also took over the roles of Beaker and Statler, respectively. He continued to perform as these characters until he was fired in July 2017.

Christmas specials filmography

Production Year Character(s)
John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together 1979 Additional Muppets
Fraggle Rock: "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" 1984 Wembley Fraggle
Sprocket
A Muppet Family Christmas 1987 Rizzo the Rat
Sprocket
The Christmas Turkey
Wembley Fraggle
Lips
The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog)
Rizzo the Rat
Beaker
Bean Bunny
Belinda Cratchit
Lips
Laundress
Pig businessman
Inkspots
Rats
Whatnots
Elmo Saves Christmas 1996 Ernie
Kermit the Frog
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie 2002 Kermit the Frog
Rizzo the Rat
Beaker
Bean Bunny
Mr. Poodlepants
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa 2008 Kermit the Frog
Rizzo the Rat
Statler
Beaker
Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular 2013 Kermit the Frog
Rizzo the Rat
Statler
Beaker
Lips
The Muppets: "Single All the Way" 2015 Kermit the Frog
Rizzo the Rat
Statler
Beaker

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