Carroll Spinney

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Birth Name: Carroll Spinney

Born Caroll Edwin Spinney on Dec. 26, 1933 in Waltham, MA, he was the youngest of three boys born to Chester Spinney, a watch factory employee, and his wife, Margaret. Small in stature as a boy and deeply insecure, he nevertheless developed a fascination for performing and puppetry at an early age, putting on his first show in his family's barn for an audience who paid two cents to see him entertain with a monkey puppet from a rummage sale and a snake his mother had made from green flannel. By his teenaged years, he was performing regularly at local venues. As a teenager, he was invited by a family friend to attend a children's television show at WBZ-TV in Boston, and found himself sorely di... Continue Bio >>

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