Kermit the Frog
An international star of the highest magnitude, Kermit the Frog began his climb to the top of the amphibian elite from humble beginnings. Born one of several thousand in a southern Mississippi swamp in 1955, Kermit's life began swimmingly. His early years were typical and uneventful. The most notable event in his adolescence was his transformation from tadpole to frog...but that's another tail.
Kermit's resume reads like a "who's who" in show business. On November 14, 2002, he was honored with his own star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, this event marked the first time an amphibian had been honored with this stellar award!
In his more than 45-year career, he has guest-hosted The Tonight Show, met the Queen of England, appeared with Ted Koppel on Nightline and donned suspenders to guest-host CNN's international talk show, Larry King Live. He has had his likeness created in giant balloon form for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and served as the 1996 Grand Marshall in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Kermit’s latest endeavor is The Muppets Wizard of Oz with Grammy Award winner Ashanti based on the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, which will debut on ABC in May 2005. He also starred in It’s A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, the first ever made-for-television Muppet movie that aired on NBC in 2002 and is now available on DVD.
With only his talent, his banjo, and a song in his heart, a young, green Kermit headed out to make his way in the big world of show business. His first stop was Washington, D.C. where he starred in a local television show, Sam and Friends, which earned him his first Emmy Award.
In 1956, Kermit made his network television debut on Steve Allen's Tonight Show. This led to many more TV appearances and finally his big break in 1969, Kermit, along with his Muppet friends, joined the cast of a new show called Sesame Street.
Seven years later, the primetime hit television series, The Muppet Show, gained Kermit a legion of older fans and catapulted the mild-mannered frog to superstardom in more than 100 countries. Kermit's Muppet Show success led to a string of feature films including The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol (where he took on the pivotal role of Bob Cratchit), Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets From Space.
In 1993, Kermit added the title of "author" to his long list of credits with the publication of One Frog Can Make A Difference: Kermit's Guide to Life in the 90's. Other projects include the record album, Kermit Unpigged, where he sang duets with such recording artists as Vince Gill, Linda Ronstadt and Don Henley and a duet with Tony Bennett on the album The Playground.
He has addressed the students at Oxford University as the first amphibian ever to be afforded such an honor and even received an honorary degree from Long Island University in 1996, making him Dr. Kermit the Frog. More active now than ever, Kermit has recently appeared on Today, Live with Regis and Kelly, Access Hollywood and Jimmy Kimmel Lives. As he looks to the future, does Kermit show any signs of slowing down? “Slow down?” he asks. “I just got started!”