Rizzo Rat, Midnight Cowboy

11 Feb

CNN’s got a great piece today on the origins of some well-loved Muppets. My personal favorite story?

18. Rizzo the Rat might sound familiar to you, especially if you’ve seen “Midnight Cowboy” — he is named for Dustin Hoffman’s character, Ratso Rizzo. He was created after puppeteer Steve Whitmire was inspired by rat puppets made from bottles. He first showed up on “The Muppet Show” as one of a group of rats following Christopher Reeve around — he’s easy to spot because he hams it up more than any of the other rats. He occasionally performs with Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

Hat tip: Mr Broke Hoedown’s Twitter feed.

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