Bob Payne with Jim & Jane Henson, Sam & Friends

Bob Payne with Jim and Jane Henson in the Sam & Friends days, via the Jim Henson Company Archives.


Bob Payne with Jane Henson at the Muppets and Mechanisms exhibit in 2006.

Bob Payne, also credited as Robert Payne and known as "Bobby," was a college friend of Jim and Jane Henson. Payne first worked with the Muppets as a substitute puppeteer on Sam and Friends in 1958, while Jim Henson was in Europe. He subsequently designed and built several characters on The Muppet Show and other Henson productions, and served as an occasional performer at various times.

Payne received special credit as a historian on The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years. He also appeared in four 1974 episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a puppeteer with Bob Brown's marionette company.[1]

Puppeteer credits

Design credits


  1. The Neighborhood Archive
  2. Finch, Christopher. Of Muppets and Men, 1981.

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