Jim Martin has been a performer for Sesame Street since the 1980s, most notably playing Preston Rabbit but most often featured in a variety of one-shot and right-handing roles (notably as the primary hand of Oscar the Grouch for many seasons). Although he still performs, he transitioned primarily into directing on the series, becoming the main director of the "Elmo's World" segments, as well as various specials, videos, and spin-offs. He also directed on other Muppet series, including Bear in the Big Blue House and The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. To date, with the other regular Sesame Street directors, Martin has shared in five Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Direction in a Children's Series (for 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2009).
He has directed for the non-Muppet series Between the Lions, The Puzzle Place (where he was a regular as Ben Olafson) and Johnny and the Sprites. Other notable puppeteer credits include Captain Kangaroo (as a performer and builder), The Great Space Coaster (as Gary Gnu, villainous M. T. Promises, Baffle, and taking over Edison Elephant from John Lovelady), and Once Upon a Tree (Forrest).
- Sesame Street: Preston Rabbit, Harry the Hopping Haystack, Oscar (assistant), Hansel and Gretel (assistant), Surprised, The Sun (in "Here is Your Life"), The Great Blecchini
- Muppet Meeting Films: Smilin' Ed
- The Muppets Take Manhattan: Animal, Robin the Frog, others (Wedding Finale only)
- Wow, You're a Cartoonist!
- The Cosby Show ("Cliff's Nightmare"): Doglion, Cauliflower
- The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson
- Muppet Sing-A-Long: Billy Bunny's Animal Songs: Gopher, Frog
- Dog City
- Sesame Street Stays Up Late!: Max Mekker
- Elmo's World: Computer, Cactus
- Telling the Truth
- Elmo Saves Christmas
- Play With Me Sesame
- Happy, Healthy, Ready for School
- A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
- Sesame Street- many seasons and segments, including the following:
- Bear in the Big Blue House
- The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss
- Sesame English
- Elmo's World: Wild Wild West!
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Steigerwald, Bill. "Puppeteer Jim Martin..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 2, 1993.
- ↑ Jarmulowski, Vicki. "Puppet Power." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Nov 28, 1983
- ↑ Roe, Ryan. Tough Pigs interview with John Tartaglia (part 2), August 29, 2013