Jump to content

Hollywood puppeteer Van Snowden Dies

Recommended Posts

We're all very familiar with names in front of the camera but we may not know a great many of those behind it but having had a look at the impressive career of Van Snowden he is certainly a name I should have know. I discovered he was the puppeteer responsible for Chucky in movie "Child's Play" and contributed his artistry to a great many TV shows and films over the years including "The X-Files: Fight The Future". Here's a little more about him.

Van Snowden, one of Hollywood's premier puppeteers, died Sept. 22 of cancer at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank. He was 71.

Snowden began with Sid and Marty Krofft, played H.R. Pufnstuf and appeared in almost every TV show the brothers produced. He did puppetry as Chucky in the "Child's Play" films and as the Crypt Keeper in the horror anthology "Tales From the Crypt" and served as the lead puppeteer on "Pee-wee's Playhouse."

"His talent equaled the talent of Jim Henson," Marty Krofft said. "He was one of the great puppeteers of all time. He touched just about every TV series and movie we've ever done."

Snowden shared an Emmy nomination in 1989 for his puppetry work on "D.C. Follies" in the category of outstanding performance in a variety or musical program. It was the first time in the 42-year history of the Primetime Emmys that puppeteers were so honored (he lost out to singer Linda Ronstadt).

Snowden's career took off when he played the helpful dragon H.R. Pufnstuf in the 1970 film "Pufnstuf." He then became a favorite of the Kroffts on such shows as "The Bugaloos," "Lidsville," "Land of the Lost" and "Sigmund & the Sea Monsters."

Snowden starred in "The Pufnstuf Road Show" for two years, making stops in Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl along the way, and his final credit came as Pufnstuf in a 2007 episode of "My Name Is Earl."

Snowden also worked as a puppeteer in such films as "Beetle Juice" (1988), "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" (1991), "Bram Stroker's Dracula" (1992), "Alien: Resurrection" (1997), "Starship Troopers" (1997) and "The X Files" (1998).

For the past three years, Snowden headed the puppeteer division of Hasbro and its Tiger Toys. His team programmed in original mouth sync, eye blinks and body movements for such popular interactive toys as Furby, Gizmo, Yoda and E.T.

Survivors include his sister Deanna and brother Nick.

I am sure all our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.




Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 1
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Yes, I am familiar with him and his excellent work he has contributed.

It's a very painful experience to have a loved one cross over. The family is definitely in my heart and prayers. :ouro:


"Time is too slow for those who wait; too swift for those who fear;

too long for  those who grieve; too short for those who rejoice.

But for those who love, time is eternity."

(Jane Fellowes)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Create New...