David Rudman

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David Rudman
David Rudman Cookie Monster puppeteer at SXSW 2015 (cropped).jpg
David Rudman at SXSW in 2015
Born (1963-06-01) June 1, 1963 (age 55)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Puppeteer, writer, director, producer
Years active 1981–present
Known for Current performer of Baby Bear, Cookie Monster, Scooter, Janice and Beaker
Notable work Sesame Street
The Muppets

David Rudman (born June 1, 1963) is an American puppeteer, writer, director, and producer known for his involvement with the Muppets and Sesame Street.

Career[edit]

David Rudman has been a Sesame Street muppet performer since 1985—currently performing Cookie Monster, Baby Bear and The Two-Headed Monster. He has received four Emmy nominations as Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for his work on Sesame Street. Rudman has also directed several web videos for Sesame Street such as “Cookie Monster Auditions for Saturday Night Live” and “Conversations with Bert.” He has performed in numerous television shows and specials including Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Muppets, where he performed Scooter and Janice. His film credits include The Muppets Take Manhattan, Labyrinth, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, A Muppet Christmas Carol, Elmo in Grouchland, The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted. Following the departure of Steve Whitmire in 2017, he became Beaker's new voice performer.

In addition to his work on Sesame Street and with the Muppets, Rudman is co-owner of Spiffy Pictures where he co-created, executive produced, directed and performed in Jack's Big Music Show, Curious Buddies and Hocle and Stoty for Nick Jr., Bunnytown on Disney Junior, Scooby Doo Adventures! The Mystery Map for Warner Brothers, and was the creator, executive producer, character designer, director and voice director of the animated series Nature Cat on PBS, voicing several characters including Leo the Mammoth, Prospector Jones, Nevin and the Seeker.

Rudman took over as Richard Hunt's half of the Two-Headed Monster, Scooter, and Janice of Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem after Hunt's death. Other characters he performs are Sonny Friendly, as well as Sully to Jerry Nelson's Biff, the construction workers.

He has written and produced cartoons for MTV, Disney Channel, and Comedy Central.

Personal life[edit]

Rudman attended Highland Park High School and graduated in 1981. He has been a speaker at the school's biennial Focus on the Arts program since 2003. He attended college at the University of Connecticut.[1]

Rudman was the speaker at the 2005 graduation ceremony for the Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago.[2]

His cousin is Max Joseph, host and cameraman from MTV's Catfish: The TV Show.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Rickey Boyd
Performer of Scooter
2008 - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Tyler Bunch
Performer of Janice
2008 - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Jim Henson
Performer of Swedish Chef
1992
Succeeded by
Bill Barretta
Preceded by
Richard Hunt
Performer of Bobby Benson
2011-present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Richard Hunt
Performer of Wayne
2011-present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Martin Robinson/Noel MacNeal
Performer of Mommy Snuffleupagus
1990's
Succeeded by
Jennifer Barnhart
Preceded by
Richard Hunt
Performer of Sully
1992 - 1999
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Richard Hunt
Performer of Sonny Friendly
1992 - 2000
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Adam Hunt
Performer of Two-Headed Monster
1998 - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Frank Oz
Performer of Cookie Monster
January 2, 2001 (2001-01-02) - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Steve Whitmire
Performer of Beaker
September 2, 2017 (2017-09-02) - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
None
Miss Poogy
September 1, 2011 (2011-09-01) - present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
None
Baby Bear
April 29, 1991 (1991-04-29) - present
Succeeded by
None