Noel MacNeal

Puppeteer, Film actor

1961 –

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Who is Noel MacNeal?

Noel MacNeal is a puppeteer, writer, and director of children's television, best known as the voice and puppeteer of Bear in Bear in the Big Blue House and Breakfast with Bear. He first came to public attention in the early 1980s.

On November 6, 1999, he married author Susan Elia at Manhattan's Union Theological Seminary. Their son, Matthew, was born in 2005.

Noel portrays the environmentally friendly character ZoZo a mascot for safer streets, green transportation and useful public spaces. This Jim Henson designed and created walk around puppet is used by Livable Streets Education to talk about these issues with young children and families.

Among his characters are Bear, Mrs. Snuffleupagus and various Snuffleupagus relatives on Sesame Street. He has also been Magellan, a baby dragon, on the ACE Award winning series Eureeka's Castle on Nick Jr, Leon MacNeal in The Puzzle Place; Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III and Madame Chairbird in the film Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird.

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Born
Sep 15, 1961
Harlem
Also known as
  • Noel Macneal
  • Bear in the Big Blue House
  • Noel Mac Neil
  • Edward Noel MacNeal
  • Noel McNeal
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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