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How playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch helped this man find his purpose in life

Talk about a good run. Caroll Spinney, the actor and puppeteer behind two of Sesame Street’s most iconic characters will retire this week after almost 50 years.

The man who brought sweet Big Bird and curmudgeonly Oscar the Grouch to life said that before “Sesame Street” he didn’t feel like what he was doing was very important. “Big Bird helped me find my purpose.”

“Sesame Street” producers estimated that Spinney appeared in thousands of the more than 4,400 episodes of the show.

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