Henry Kissinger (b. 1923) is a German-born diplomat, author, and statesman best known for his stint as Richard M. Nixon's Secretary of State. He has been referenced by the Muppets a number of times over the years. He is the father-in-law of Jim Henson Company executive/producer Alex Rockwell.
- The original script for The Muppet Movie calls for a cameo by Kissinger which never came to fruition. The script even notes "Yes folks, the real Henry Kissinger. We know it's impossible, but we'll get him anyway." The elaborate cameo would have played on Kissinger's desire to appear in a movie, popping up in several bits (a sheriff, a busboy) and each time being told by Kermit that there's no part for him. Kissinger's ambition is finally achieved when the Muppet heads on Mount Rushmore agree to let Henry hang out with them (leading to a shot of Kissinger's face carved in the rock, expressing gratitude).
- Gonzo and Rizzo come across his book Diplomacy in a trunk in Muppet Treasure Island.
- In the book Baby Kermit's Christmas, Santa's list of naughty and nice children includes Kissinger's name.
- When Johnny Fiama and Sal guest host Larry King Live in 1996, Larry King calls in and offers to get Kissinger as a guest.
- When Wayne Brady impersonates Arnold Schwarzenegger on The Wayne Brady Show in 2003, Kermit says he didn't know Brady could do Henry Kissinger.