Exposed: The Actors Inside Famous Costumes

Have you ever wondered if the guy in the Chewbacca suit is just as hairy as the character he plays? Or if there’s occasionally a person inside ALF? We certainly have, and usually we’re too lazy to pause and consult the Internet. But not today, folks! Today we’re solving the mystery of costumed characters once and for all — or at least for ten of film’s and TV’s favorite masked mortals. We’ve compiled some kids’ characters, a couple sci-fi villains, and a handful of cuddly creatures paired with the suit actors within. Check ’em out after the jump, and let us know of any other costumed characters that have piqued your pop-culture curiosity.

Big Bird/Caroll Spinney, Sesame Street (1969 – Present)

It’s hard to admit this to our inner Sesame Street kids, but there’s a human inside Big Bird. Always has been, always will be. The heartwarming part? It’s still Caroll Spinney after all these years. Spinney, at age 78, insists, “I can’t imagine willingly walking away from Big Bird.” Brings a tear to the eye, doesn’t it? Not yet? What about now?