Happy Birthday Jim Henson
James Maury Henson was born on September 24, 1936, in Greenville, Mississippi.
Growing up in Maryland, Henson had an abiding interest in television. He was largely influenced by TV puppeteer Burr Tillstrom of Kukla, Fran and Ollie. While still in high school, Henson got the chance to produce puppet shows on a local Saturday morning television program.