About Caroll
Caroll Spinney
PHOTO BY ERICA BERGER / CORBIS OUTLINE

Caroll Edwin Spinney was born the day after Christmas, one snowy day in 1933. He graduated high school, to go on to The Art Institute of Boston's College of Art & Design.


Caroll was already an accomplished artist before he started working as a live performer. While in the military, he created a comic strip under the name Ed Spinney. In the early 1960's, he created an animated cartoon series called "Crazy Crayon" under the same name. Then he made his TV debut.


On the Quickdraw portion of the Bozo the Clown Show, Caroll, as Mr. Lion, wrote down kids' names on sheets of paper. As the children turned around, he created pictures of animals out of their names, that they saw when they turned back around. In the late 1960's, after a stage performance of a different show that didn't go too well, he met Mr. Jim Henson, who told Caroll that he liked "what he was trying to do."


He then went on to star as the man behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.



Mister Lion poster

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