Steve Whitmire
Steve Whitmire
Celebrated Name: Steve Whitmire
Real Name/Full Name: Steven Lawrence Whitmire
Gender: Male
Age: 64 years old
Birth Date: 24 September 1959
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Nationality: American
Height: 1.93 m
Weight: 72 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Melissa Whitmire (m. 1978)
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): No
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is Steve Whitmire Gay? No
Profession: Puppeteer
Salary: $2 million
Net Worth in 2024: $12 million
Last Updated: July 2024

Steve Whitmire is famously known for playing the legendary characters such as Kermit the Frog and Ernie. He also has worked on The Muppets Show and Sesame Street. He did inherit the styles Kermit, the frog, and Ernie from Jim Henderson after his death in 1990. Steve has appeared in several movies as a puppeteer and a voice-over artist for characters.

Maybe you know about Steve Whitmire very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Steve Whitmire’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Being born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1959, he was fond of puppets since his childhood. It was the year 1969, when he got obsessed with puppetry, after starting to watch the then famous show, Sesame Street. He also used to write letters to the TV star puppeteer, Jim Henson.

Steve used to participate in the school talent shows; he also won the talent show on one occasion with the help of his puppets. After graduating the high school, he used to perform in the local theme park with his character Otis the beach bum.

Personal Life

Steve has been married to Melissa Whitmire since 1978, the same year when Steve started dating Melissa. are married for around 42 years now. Melissa also acts as the manager of Steve.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 24 September 1959, Steve Whitmire is 64 years old as of today’s date 12th July 2024. His height is 1.93 m tall, and his weight is 72 kg.


Steve started working in The Muppet Show from 1978, and he became quite famous after working in The Muppet Show and eventually began working as a core member for the team. Steve took over the role of Kermit the Frog after the demise of Jim Henson in 1990. He was personally persuaded by the son and daughter of Jim to play the iconic character.

Steve also worked in several movies; a remarkable one is the movie “Labyrinth,” which was a Henson film. He used to play the character of “Mew” in a television special named “The Christmas Toy.”

In the 90’s Steve performed many characters o Dinosaurs, a popular television show. He also worked in the “Jim Henson’s Animal Show with Stinky and Jake” as Jake, one of the lead characters in the show.

Steve was chosen to perform the iconic character of “Ernie” in 1993, where the Hensons had decided to recast the role permanently.

In the early 2000s, Steve started playing the character “Statler,” along with the role “Waldorf,” which was performed by Dave Goelz.

In 2017, he stopped working with the Hensons, and left “The Muppets.”

Awards & Achievements

Steve won several awards during his career viz., Webby Award in 2010 for “The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody,” BTVA People’s Choice Voice Acting Award in 2012 for “The Muppets,” BTVA Television Acting Award in 2013 for “Sesame Street.” He was nominated on numerous occasions as well.

Net Worth & Salary of Steve Whitmire in 2024

Steve Whitmire Net Worth
Steve Whitmire Net Worth

As of July 2024, The net worth of Steve Whitmire stands at $12 million as of now. He is famously known for performing the iconic Henson character Kermit the Frog. His most recent salary for playing the roles on the show was $2 million. Steve also worked at “Six flags over Georgia” in a pre-show, where he was not paid and worked as an unpaid artist.

The primary source of income for Steve was the popular characters such as Kermit, Ernie, Statler, and Beaker, which he used to perform while working with the Hensons.

Being born in the capital city of Georgia, Steve always fancied puppetry and was the person who looked at the exhibition as a career since the early days. He started as an unpaid artist working in a pre-show and the later stages; he became one of the most paid puppeteers in the industry. Steve did play the iconic characters Kermit, Ernie, Statler, and Beaker after the retirement or demise of their original performers. He had several awards and nominations against his name during his long career as a puppeteer and voice artist.


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