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>> I'll bet today will be a perfect day.>> His voice has been around for nearly 50 years.>> Boy.>> But the man who brought Big Bird to life is retiring.>> Hello, Big Bird.>> Carroll Spinney has played the oversized lovable bird on Sesame Street since the show debuted in 1969.
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>> I'd just go a couple octaves higher. So, hello, how are you? How are you? I go up here. And it sounds cuter without me trying.>> His career has taken him around the world.>> This is the Great Wall of China.>> And he's met with people in high places.
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>> You look like you're eating well, too.>> I am, yes.>> Spinney also played another well-known character on the show, Oscar the Grouch.
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Both roles will be taken over by understudies. Now at 84, Spinney looks back on his long run and pinches himself.>> It puts a smile on my face.>> Look at that.