Steven Lawrence "Steve" Whitmire (born September 24, 1959) is an American puppeteer and singer, best known for being the performer of Kermit the Frog and, formerly, Ernie—roles he inherited after Jim Henson's death in 1990. Whitmire has been with the Muppets since 1978, performing a variety of characters on The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock series and during such occupations has worked for the Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop, and Disney's The Muppets Studio.

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