Papa Bear is one of the famous Three Bears, with Mama Bear and Baby Bear. A fourth member of the family was added with the birth of his new daughter, Curly Bear.
Papa Bear appeared as early as season 25, and as revealed in Episode 3881, he works at the honey factory. In episode 3906, Papa Bear invented a perpetual porridge machine.
In Elmo's Musical Adventure: Peter and the Wolf, Papa Bear visits his old friend, Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart.
According to Elmo's World: Happy Holidays, Papa Bear and his family are Jewish.