Partner Christopher Lyall

Kermit Ernest Hollingshead Love (August 7, 1916 – June 21, 2008) was an American puppet maker, puppeteer, costume designer, and actor in children's television and on Broadway. He was best known as a designer and builder with the Muppets, in particular those on Sesame Street.

Love was born in Spring Lake, New Jersey on August 7, 1916 to Ernest and Alice Love.[1] He was raised by his grandmother and great-grandmother following after his mother's death when he was three years old.[1]

Although he was American, Love often spoke with an English accent.[2]

He resided in Stanfordville, New York and was survived by Christopher Lyall, his partner of 50 years.[1]

Love died on June 21, 2008, of congestive heart failure[6] and pneumonia in Poughkeepsie, New York.[2][3]


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/queerplaces/images/Kermit_Love