Richard Hunt, a puppeteer known for his work on the “Muppet Show,” died on Tuesday at Cabrini Hospice in Manhattan. He was 40 years old.
He died of H.I.V. complications, his family said.
Mr. Hunt, a native of the Bronx, was a member of the Jim Henson Productions for more than 20 years, as the performer behind Scooter, Janice, Forgetful Jones, Junior Gorg and many other characters from the popular television programs “The Muppet Show,” “Sesame Street” and “Fraggle Rock.”
He directed several episodes of these shows, and was a puppeteer in the Henson films “The Muppet Movie,” “The Great Muppet Caper,” “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and “Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision 3-D,” a Disney-M-G-M Studios Theme Park attraction. He also acted in the movies “Trading Places” and “Oxford Blues.”
He is survived by his mother, Jane Hunt of Manhattan; a brother, Adam, of Piermont, N.Y.; and three sisters, Kathleen, Closter, N.J.; Lynn of Torrance, Calif., and Rachel of Salt Lake City.
A memorial servie is to be held on Feb. 2 at 3:30 P.M. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street.