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RIP Jerry Nelson, aka The Count

The entertainment world lost one of its little-known leading lights today when longtime voice actor and puppeteer Jerry Nelson passed at the age of 78. While Nelson played a variety of roles during his 40-year stint with the Sesame Street/Muppets brand, he will always be best known as The Count–a lifelong bachelor and professional mathematician who rarely left the house without his popped-collar cape, deep black goatee and Transylvanian accent.

Here we see the very first appearance of The Count (official name: The Count of Count), who made his on-screen debut in 1972 helping Cookie Monster figure out how many sugary treats he had on hand (this was well before the blue man turned to broccoli and bean sprouts):

Rest in peace, Jerry. You had a great run.

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