For our 3000th voice compare, who out there as a choice can possibly be bigger than this bird?
Big Bird is arguably the closest thing to a main character in the 50-year history of Sesame Street. Curious, childlike, and innocent, he lives on Sesame Street itself and loves spending time with his human friends, along with Snuffy and formerly, Mr. Hooper, whose name he could never quite get right. Big Bird doesn't know everything and is always happy to expand his horizons, and while the mistakes he makes may be frustrating, he's always able to get back up on his feet and move forward.
Since the beginning of the show in 1969, Caroll Spinney has stuck devotedly to Big Bird. Although he no longer performs him in the suit, he still often provides his voice in post-production. Of course, you can't go 50 years without picking up a couple of understudies, so Daniel Seagren filled in for Big Bird's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and episode 83 in 1970. Since the late 90s, Matt Vogel has been Caroll Spinney's understudy. He is now the fulltime suit performer and occasionally lets his voice shine through as well.
Very special thanks to Ghosty404 for Matt Vogel and Daniel Seagren's clips! (As well as the appended bonus Caroll.)