Was born in Greenville, Mississippi by his parents Paul Ransome Henson and Betty Marcella (n'ee Brown).
Jim was origionally raised as a Christian Scientist and spent his most of his childhood moving from Leland, Mississippi to Hyattsville ,Maryland to finally Washington, DC.
Sam and Friends
Jim Hensons first big televison broadcast before the Muppets. This show presented audiences with five minute skits that happened at least twice a day on WRC-TV.Note, this show would be the first time that kermit the frog would ever be shown to a large audience of people).
Sam and Friends ends
After six years of running the show on the air Jim Henson feels it's time to move on so he can start creating newer material for everyone to enjoy.
Rowlf on the Jimmy Dean Show
Jim Henson's character Rowlf the dog gets his first appearance and ultimatly makes the Jimmy Dean Show more likable for different ages of people with Henson's unique comedy skills.
Where is Sesame Street anyway?
Jim Hensons vision of making a ground breaking educational televison broadcast. Now a house hold name, Sesame Street has become one of the greatest and most memorable shows ever with its heart filled lessons, lovable and unforgetable characters (Elmo, Cookie Monster, Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, and etc) , and child friendly humor that is safe for all kids and adults alike. This show has recieved 41 seasons, 41 years of televison production credability, and is still running nonstop to this day.
The show for Muppets
Jim Henson's greatest creation that has spawned numerous movies, comics, characters, songs and much more on to only five seasons and and a 30 minute time slot. With so much background history in its name just the word "Muppet" helps people know it stands on its own. Winning numerous awards and nominees it's no wonder it has become a favorite among the worldwide community.
Jim Henson's Creature Shop
During the pre-production of the Dark Crystal, Jim Henson wanted to put his puppetry skills and anyone elses artistic ability to better uses so he created a creature shop company which allowed all sorts of film producers to get the exact types of sets, fictional characters, and even effects into their movie. Examples: TMNT, Babe, Alf, Never Ending Story, Harry Potter, Stuart Little, Muppet movies, and many more.
The Muppet Movie
Said to be one of the greatest movies ever, the Muppet Movie not only finally presented the famous puppets in their very first big screen movie, but it also marked as one of Jim's most important projects ever in his career of film making and puppetry. (You must see it to believe it). This movie is mostly remembered for its opening scene when kermit plays his banjo while sining "The Rainbow Connection".
The Dark Crystal
One of Jim Hensons strangest yet intriguing ideas to ever hit the big screen. (closest resemblence would be half Lord of the Rings and half Disney's the Black Cauldren). This movie has been known to be Jim Henson's most detailed ever. (In 2010 a sequel to this movie is said to be made in honor of Henson's anniversary).
Jim Hensons idea of a more colorful and fun show for childern. Fraggle Rock is more or less of Jim Hensons version of the Smurfs, which came out in 1981. This show was heavily based around teaching kids to make friends among their own community with a crazy and innovative world to explore.
Follow That Bird
Sesame Street's first of two thearetical movies. Jim wanted this particular film to have an important message to teach childern the importance of not running away from your family and friends (meaning it's a road movie). This film was picked up by Warner Brothers and was directed by Ken Kwapis.
The Master of the Muppets dies
Jim Henson dies at the age of 53 after an unexpected series of flu symptoms and severe organ faliure at the the New York Hospital in New York, New York. His legacy isn't forgotten when his death ceremony is a worldwide commissioned musical with Jim Henson's most treasured songs and moments all being performed by famous actors, associates, family, and even the audience. This historic event was held in both the Cathedral Church of Saint John Divine New York and St.Paul's Cathedral in London.
Merging with the Mouse
Walt Disney Studios had been wanting to aquire Jim Henson's company for some time mainly because of how well Sesame Street and the Muppets were doing (there even was a point in time that Henson could buy out disney), However, several years after Jim's unexpected death, Disney finally strikes a deal for them to get the Muppets and the Bear in the Big Blue House franchises. Since then the Muppets have recieved their own section of Disney Land and their own disney studio to make more stuff.