Jim Henson was an American puppeteer, animator, cartoonist and filmmaker, equally popular with children and adults. Today he is also remembered as the creator of the Muppets, a term he devised by melding two words; ‘marionettes’ and ‘puppets’. He developed a love for puppeteering while still in his elementary school, performing puppets for his friends, debuting on television while in his senior year at the high school with a Saturday morning children's show. Later as a freshman in college, he started a successful television series called ‘Sam and Friends’. But it was only after he graduated from Maryland University that he started taking it up as his profession, creating hordes of characters like Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, Miss Piggy, Big Bird, and the Cookie Monster, which remain equally popular today However, an early and unexpected death cut short his successful career, passing away from streptococcus pneumonia at the age of fifty-three.