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Burr Tillstrom
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Puppeteer
    (October 13, 1917-December 6, 1985)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Birth name was Franklin Burr Tillstrom
    Puppeteer/ventriloquist famous as the creator of 'Kukla, Fran and Ollie'
    Won Emmys in 1964 and 1969
    In his will, he forbade anyone to use any of his puppet creations after his death.
    He received a full scholarship to attend the University of Chicago, but dropped out in his first semester.
    He had little career outside of his puppetry, and even less of a personal life.
    He did not allow merchandising of his puppets.
    He usually either improvised 'Kukla, Fran and Ollie' on live TV, or wrote it the day of the show.
    He did all the puppets and voices on his shows and most of the writing.
    He collected children's books and fairy tales and re-read the Oz books as an adult.
    He liked the ballet.
    He had a successful Broadway show in the early 80's.
    He made many appearances on talk shows and public events with and without his puppets.
    During his entire career, there was never any type of scandal attached to his name and it is literally impossible to find anyone to say a negative word about him.

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