Jim Henson • (1977 - 1990)
Steve Whitmire • (2000 - 2016)
Link Hogthrob
Link Hogthrob mini
Link Hogthrob Jim & Jane Henson

Link Hogthrob is the blonde, cleft-chinned pig with a high opinion of himself on The Muppet Show. He debuted in the second season as the not-so-fearless captain of the Swinetrek, where his unbridled machismo was often a source of conflict with his co-star, First Mate Piggy.

Unlike Dr. Julius Strangepork, whose role on The Muppet Show would be primarily relegated to the Pigs in Space sketches, Link would feature regularly both in the show's on stage acts and backstage mayhem.

His singing talents were first featured in his second appearance, where he sang "I Talk to the Trees". Other musical numbers included solos ("Sonny Boy"), duets with Miss Piggy ("La Ci Darem La Mano"), and group numbers ("Sea Chantey", "The Rhyming Song").

Starting in the show's third season, Link was also featured as the police chief in the recurring "Bear on Patrol" sketches, where his dimwittedness was often the source of phsyical trauma to Patrol Bear.

Though largely retired after Jim Henson's death, Link has since appeared occasionally in silent cameos in such productions as The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppets Tonight. His only speaking roles since 1990 have been in the video games Muppet RaceMania and Muppets Party Cruise, as voiced by Steve Whitmire. Link returns in puppet form in The Muppets, again performed by Whitmire, speaking in puppet form for the first time since Jim Henson's tragic death.

An action figure of Link was produced in 2003 as part of Series 4 of Palisades Toys' line of Muppet action figures.

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