Jimmy Dean (August 10, 1928 - June 13, 2010) was a country singer and sausage magnate who hosted his own variety show, The Jimmy Dean Show, from 1963 to 1966. Rowlf the Dog was a regular on the show, made a few live appearances with Jimmy Dean, and also performed with Dean in an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Jimmy Dean wrote an autobiography in 2004, called Thirty Years of Sausage, Fifty Years of Ham: Jimmy Dean's Own Story. In the book, Dean talks about Rowlf and his relationship with Jim Henson. He also reiterates the fact that during the show's run, his manager told him that he could get Dean forty percent ownership of Muppets Inc. However, Dean turned it down, saying that he didn't feel he had earned any kind of ownership of Henson's creations.