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Ryan Dillon is one of the puppeteers on 'Sesame Street'. His evident talent caused Kevin Clash, who used to play Elmo, to notice him and put him on the show's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at only 17 years of age at the time.
Ryan Dillon worked on 'Sesame Street' as an ensemble puppeteer, and when Kevin Clash left the show, Ryan was asked to fill his place as Elmo, playing puppet and voice.
Ryan Dillon has spent most of his career as a puppeteer for Jim Henson's 'Muppets', but he has developed his talents and occasionally taken on director roles on the show.
Ryan Dillon has an estimated net worth of about $5 million.
Ryan Dillon's annual income is estimated to be between $300,000 and $500,000.
There is no information on Ryan Dillon's height.
Ryan Dillon was born on May 25, 1988. He is 34 years of age as of 2022.
Ryan Dillon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 25, 1988. He attended an open-call audition for 'Sesame Street' puppeteers in 2005 when he was 17 years of age and still in high school. There, Ryan caught the attention of Kevin Clash, the then puppeteer for Elmo the Muppet, and wound up on the 'Sesame Street' float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, where he played Ernie.
Ryan Dillon later took some time off school to learn the ropes of professional puppeteering. During this time, his primary job was to fill background roles, although he was credited for his work.
He returned to school, and after a few years, returned to 'Sesame Street' where he worked full-time. Ryan Dillon got two leading roles, as Cooper Monster and Paul Ball, for 'Kinect Sesame Street TV' video games.
There's no information about whether or not Ryan Dillon has siblings.
There is no conclusive information available on Ryan Dillon's romantic life.
In 2013, when Kevin Clash left 'Sesame Street', executives decided that Ryan Dillon would be perfect for the role. He debuted his role as the puppeteer for Elmo at the White House Easter Egg Roll.
Ryan Dillon extended his skillset to include directing. He directed episodes of 'My Sesame Street Friends'. Episodes he directed include 'My Abby', 'My Sesame Music', and 'My Cookie Monster'.
Dillon has also taken on the roles of teacher (teaching classes on television puppetry at Penn State University) and actor in Kraft MilkBite advertisements.
When he's not playing a Muppet, Ryan Dillon and his co-production partner, Mark Gale, create and release puppet web videos. Their channel is called The DillonGale Idiots.
His work outside 'Sesame Street' includes productions via the O'Neill Puppetry Conference.
Some of Ryan Dillon's very many Jim Henson-related credits include:
'Sesame Street': Elmo.
'The Get Healthy Now Show': Cucumber and yam.
'Little Children, Big Challenges'.
'Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce'.
'Little Discoverers: Big Fun with Science, Math, and More.
'When You Wish Upon a Pickle'.
'See Us Coming Together': Green AM Monster, Brown AM Monster.
'Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas'.
Ryan Dillon is best known for his work as Elmo, one of 'Sesame Street's principal characters. He's been the puppeteer behind Elmo for nearly ten years (from seasons 37 to 49).
Ryan Dillon is also well-known for his character in 'The Furchester Hotel'.
Ryan Dillon was nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy in 2017 and 2021. His nomination was for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming.
He won the Outstanding Principal Performance in a Daytime Program award in 2020. The award was for 'Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration'. Over the years, he has played several characters, including Don Music, Roosevelt Samson, and Lefty, the Salesman.
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