John Kennedy
Born (1967-11-17) November 17, 1967 (age 56)
Years active1991–present

John Kennedy (born November 17, 1967) is an American puppeteer who has worked with The Jim Henson Company since 1990.[1] He hails from Plainfield, Indiana.[2] From 1991 until 2003, Kennedy took over Jim Henson's role of Dr. Teeth, after which Bill Barretta took over in 2005. Kennedy has also performed Kermit the Frog on Disney Cruise Line, replacing Steve Whitmire.




Kennedy has written instructional books on puppeteering, aimed at younger audiences:


  1. ^ "See puppets in motion at Orlando museum today". The Orlando Sentinel. April 3, 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  2. ^ Ehret, Michael (November 17, 1995). "Puppeteer returns and steals show". The Indianapolis Star. p. C3. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
Preceded byJim Henson Performer of Dr. Teeth 1991–2003 Succeeded byBill Barretta Preceded byJerry Nelson Performer of The Amazing Mumford 2004; 2018–present Succeeded byNone Preceded byJerry Nelson Performer of Floyd Pepper 2005–2006 Succeeded byMatt Vogel