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Rowlf the Dog
The Muppets character
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First appearance Various Purina dog food commercials (1962)
Created by Jim Henson
Portrayed by Jim Henson (1962–1990)
Bill Barretta (1996–present)
Voiced by Katie Leigh (Muppet Babies)
Matt Danner (Muppet Babies 2018 revival)
Species Dog
Gender Male

Rowlf the Dog is a Muppet character, a scruffy brown dog of indeterminate breed, though part Corgi, with a rounded black nose and long floppy ears. He was created and originally performed by Jim Henson. Rowlf is the Muppet Theatre's resident pianist, as well as one of the show's main cast members. Calm and wisecracking, his humor is characterized as deadpan and as such, is one of few Muppets who is rarely flustered by the show's prevalent mayhem. He is very easy going and a fan of classical music (particularly Beethoven) and musicals.. He is claimed to the be the Muppet most like who Jim Henson was in real life.

Despite Kermit the Frog often being credited as the iconic Muppet, Rowlf was actually the first known Muppet "star" as a recurring character on The Jimmy Dean Show, first appearing in a telecast on September 26, 1963.

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