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'Sesame Street, Play with Me Sesame' character
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Ernie and his rubber duckie with Bert (pictured on right) on Sesame Street in 1977.
First appearance Sesame Street Test Pilot 1 (July 21, 1969)
Portrayed by Frank Oz (1969–2006)
Eric Jacobson (1997–present)
Species Human Muppet
Gender Male

Bert is a golden yellow Muppet character on the long running PBS and HBO children's television show Sesame Street. Bert was originally performed by Frank Oz.

Since 1997, Muppeteer Eric Jacobson has been phased in as Bert's primary performer. Bert has also made cameo appearances within The Muppets franchise, including The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie, and The Muppets Take Manhattan, in addition to an appearance with Ernie on The Flip Wilson Show on September 14, 1972, on which he sang "Clink, Clank", a song about noises.

Bert's age is unclear, but performer on Sesame Street Live, Taylor Morgan, has said that "I just kind of try to think like a six year old or a seven year old, because that's how old Bert is."

He and his roommate Ernie form a comic duo that is one of the program's centerpieces, with Bert acting as the world weary foil to Ernie's naive troublemaking.


Even though Bert is a grumpy, he is still sometimes happy. He's yellow with a single eyebrow called a unibrow, and had a vertical striped shirt (compared to Ernie's which is horizontal). He looks like a banana.


Bert first appeared in the test episodes of Sesame Street in 1969, with his uni brow never moving, and a little more tame. Then later in the years starting in Season 3 of Sesame Street, Bert can move his uni brow up and down. Starting in 1997, he was funnier and nicer but still grumpy. Bert has known to be changed nine times.


Ernie is Bert's roommate. And is the more clumsy and funny guy. He was first seen the same day Bert first was seen. He was voiced by Jim Henson until his death in 1990.

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