Puppet, Rowlf, 1976
Rowlf was built in 1962 for Purina Dog Chow commercials and rose to fame in the mid-1960s as a show-stealing comic sidekick on the ABC series The Jimmy Dean Show.
Rowlf represents several important “firsts” for Henson’s company: the first Muppet to achieve national popularity, the first Muppet built by Don Sahlin, and the first puppet that Henson and Frank Oz performed together.
Artist(s) / maker(s)
Designed by Jim Henson, built by Tim Miller.
The first Rowlf puppet was built by Don Sahlin in 1962.
23 x 26 x 15 in.
Fur fabric and polyurethane foam
A gift from the family of Jim Henson
On view in The Jim Henson Exhibition
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