Birthday: 24 September 1958, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Birth Name: Steven Lawrence Whitmire
Height: 193 cm
Steve Whitmire was born on September 24, 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Steven Lawrence Whitmire. He is an actor, known for The Muppets (2011), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) and The Dark Crystal (1982). He has been married to Melissa Whitmire since June 1978.
[on taking over the role of Kermit from Jim Henson] That was really, really scary as you could imagi...Show more »
[on taking over the role of Kermit from Jim Henson] That was really, really scary as you could imagine. I had known Jim for thirteen or fourteen years at that point and I had worked with him on everything he had done with this group of Muppets. Not Sesame Street but everything else. We worked very close together. It was super intimidating. It was a great honor to be asked and I was just scared to death. So, Brian and the family made the decision, sent me one of the puppets. I took it out of the box. I'd had the puppet on before. I'd never performed it but had had it on my hand just going around the shop. I put him on and held him up in front of a mirror. I knew how to make the puppet talk because I'd been doing this for a long time and I fiddled with some of those expressions that Jim would do with Kermit. Then I opened my mouth to say something and nothing came out. There was no way that I could find the voice. The puppet just sort of looked at me like, "come on. You can do it". I took it off and put it in a closet and left it there for a month. I couldn't touch it. Show less «
People always ask us about being the voices of the Muppets, and I know what they mean, but supplying...Show more »
People always ask us about being the voices of the Muppets, and I know what they mean, but supplying the voice is just one small element of what it is we do. In essence, we are actors just like any other actor. We portray a role, and it's a full performance, not just a voice. The established Muppet Performers literally are the characters they bring to life. Show less «