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Dr. Teeth
PERFORMER Jim Henson 1975 - 1990
  John Kennedy 1991 - 2003
  Bill Barretta 2005 - present
  more...
DEBUT 1975
DESIGN Jim Henson
Michael K. Frith designers
  Don Sahlin builder
Dr. Teeth wants you!

Dr. Teeth wants you!

Dr. Teeth Jim Henson 1

Jim Henson performing Dr. Teeth in The Muppet Movie

Dr. Teeth Jim Henson 2

Jim Henson performing Dr. Teeth in the 1990 special The Muppets at Walt Disney World.

Dr. Teeth sketches
Animal & Dr. Teeth
Dr. Teeth MAH

Dr. Teeth in the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian.

Dr. Teeth Vicki The Jim Henson Hour

Dr. Teeth on The Jim Henson Hour with Vicki.

Dr. Teeth the action figure

Dr. Teeth in the form of an action figure, jammin out on his keyboard.

Dr. Teeth is the leader and keyboardist from the Electric Mayhem on The Muppet Show. He is a green humanoid arm puppet. His first appearance was in the Muppet Show Pilot where he did a musical number with the Electric Mayhem. He was first performed by Jim Henson. He first appeared in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence in 1975, and had a prominent role in Muppet productions until Jim Henson's tragic, unexpected death in 1990.

Dr. Teeth is green-skinned and red-haired with, as his name suggests, a large grinning mouth of teeth, including a gold tooth on his upper jaw. He wears a scruffy beard, a fur vest, a striped shirt, and a floppy purple top hat, though in the 1980s he started wearing a black leather vest. He also wears a pair of sunglasses which consist only of an upper half, suggesting eyelids at rest for a laid-back appearance, but which can be flung back at a moment's notice to telegraph shock or excitement. He has very long arms so additional puppeteers are required to guide them; this design enabled Henson to work the Dr. Teeth puppet while another performer acted as Dr. Teeth's "hands" in order to play the keyboard.

After the death of Jim Henson, the role had been officially taken over by John Kennedy, however, the character only had made brief appearances with very little dialogue. Bill Barretta assumed the role in 2005 so Kennedy could start operating Floyd Pepper after the departure of Jerry Nelson, Floyd's original performer.

He has also appeared in all of the Muppet movies, from his prominent roles in The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppets Take Manhattan, to his much smaller, often non-speaking roles in The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets from Space. Dr. Teeth also appeared in The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island. He did not speak in either of the films, due to Jim Henson's death. He was seen in both playing the keyboard with the Electric Mayhem. Palisades Toys also released an action figure of Dr. Teeth with his keyboard and hat and also an Exclusive Action Figure released at Wizard World.

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