Forgetful Jones is a cowboy, so named as he always forgets everything. He has 2 horses -- Buster, and Buster's brother Whatshisname. Forgetful's longtime girlfriend is Clementine. He has parents, a cousin, and a great-great grandfather.
Forgetful Jones appeared regularly on Sesame Street from Season 11 through Season 23. After the death of his performer, Richard Hunt, Forgetful Jones stopped appearing as a major character, though he did continue to make occasional non-speaking appearances, such as the finale of Elmo Saves Christmas and a 2009 episode.
Muppet Workshop designer and builder Laurent Linn discussed the puppeteer's approach to the character in the book Quilting with the Muppets: "Forgetful Jones...brought out more of the simple, sweet side of Richard, in the midst of some of his other more outrageous characters."
- The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
- Follow That Bird (1985)
- The Muppets: A Celebration of Thirty Years (1986)
- A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)
- Let's Learn to Play Together
- Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting (1989)
- Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake (1991)
- Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration (1993)
- Elmo Saves Christmas (1996)
- Elmopalooza (1998)
- City (1982)
- Bert's Big Band Paint-with-Water Book (1983 reprint)
- Trace & Color (1984)
- Welcome Home, Big Bird (1985)
- Grover's Guide to Good Manners (1992) -- in this book, Forgetful's skin tone is green.
- Clap Your Hands! (2002)