August 16, 1951
January 7, 1992
Scooter, Beaker, Janice, Statler, Sweetums, Junior Gorg, Gunge, Don Music, Forgetful Jones, Gladys the Cow, Placido Flamingo, Sully
WHO WAS RICHARD HUNT?
Henson was impressed with Richard, and asked him to work on a Muppet appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Henson was once again impressed, and hired Richard as a full-time performer on Sesame Street.
When Fraggle Rock came along, Richard performed two major characters, Junior Gorg and Gunge, as well as performing many minor and one-shot characters. Richard also made his directorial debut with season four's "The Honk of Honks."
In 1992, Richard unfortunately died due to AIDS-related complications. After his death, Scooter was retired and was absent in all Muppet productions until Muppets From Space, where he was played by Richard's brother, Adam Hunt. He has since been performed by Brian Henson, Ricky Boyd, and, most recently and seemingly permanently, David Rudman, who carries on Richard's legacy to this day, performing Scooter, Janice, and Richard's half of the Two-Headed Monster. Richard's other characters were recast fairly quickly, with Statler going to Jerry Nelson (and subsequently Steve Whitmire), Sweetums to John Henson and other puppeteers, and Beaker to Steve Whitmire.
This post is dedicated to the memory of Richard Hunt, as well as his mother, Jane Hunt, who is still alive today to carry on Richard's legacy.
The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier