Kathryn Mullen

Kathryn Mullen

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Kathryn "Kathy" Mullen is an actress, voice actress, and puppeteer most closely associated with Jim Henson projects. She began performing on The Muppet Show in its third season, primarily as Gaffer the Backstage Cat. She also voice directed Dog City for Nelvana, worked as a designer for The Muppet Movie, a performing assistant for Yoda on The Empire Strikes Back, and was one of the creators of Between the Lions. While reprising this character for several Muppet movies, she also created the character of Mokey - a gentle, New Age style Fraggle - on Henson's Fraggle Rock. She performed the Gelfling Kira in the movie The Dark Crystal, Allegra on "Allegra's Window", and Leona the Lion on "Between the Lions".

Kathy Mullen, with her husband, former Muppet designer Michael K. Frith, has joined forces with British charity "No Strings" to create a film for children in Afghanistan, warning of the dangers of land mines. In the film, "The Story of the Little Carpet Boy," one puppet loses several limbs before he learns to avoid land mines completely. Kathy and Michael picked up the idea from Johnie McGlade, an emergency aid worker who used a scruffy rabbit puppet to bring smiles to the faces of people who had lived through earthquakes, hunger, or genocide.

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YearTitleCharacterRelease Date

Reflections of 'The Dark Crystal'


A Muppet Family Christmas

Mokey Fraggle (voice)1987-12-16

The Christmas Toy

Apple the Doll1986-12-06
Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird
Feathered Friend's Magistrate / Grouch Diner Patron (voice)1985-08-02
The World of 'The Dark Crystal'

The Dark Crystal


The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show

Various Muppets1982-09-17

Of Muppets & Men: The Making of the Muppet Show

The Empire Strikes Back
Yoda (uncredited)1980-05-17
The Muppets Go Hollywood
Various Muppets1979-05-16
Fraggle Rock - Live By the Rule of the Rock