Anyone who ever heard the voice of Jim Henson immediately knew that he was the voice of Kermit the Frog. When Henson died suddenly in 1990, The Muppets faced the daunting task of filling the void of giving a voice to the ambassador of Muppetdom.
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Already voicing the characters of Rizzo the Rat and Bean Bunny, Steve Whitmire stepped up and flawlessly gave Kermie a new voice.
In the years that have passed, Whitmire added to his list of Muppet characters including “Sesame Street” resident Ernie heckler Statler, and Beaker. He has appeared in over 100 Muppet productions.
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Now after 27 years of giving a voice to Kermit and nearly 40 years of Muppets, Steve Whitmire is moving on and is no longer with the Muppets.
While there is no word on who will step in to cover all of Whitmire’s characters, the voice of Kermit the Frog is now in the hands…uh throat…of Matt Vogel. In the last Muppet film “Muppets Most Wanted” Vogel provided the voice of the frog villain Constantine. Vogal is also the voice of Kermit’s nephew Robin the Frog and Count von Count.
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