You probably recognize Elmo a lot better than you actually recognize Kevin Clash. Clash is the voice and the personality behind the cute furry monster, Elmo

He served as Co-Executive Producer for Elmopalooza, CinderElmo, and Elmo’s World; Co-Producer for The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland; and directing numerous episodes of Sesame Street, as well as other Sesame Workshop productions. In addition, he directed and co-produced Sesame Workshop’s DVD series Sesame Beginnings and most recently served as Director and Co-Executive Producer for Kids Favorite Country Songs Home Video.

Clash has won three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series for his work as Elmo and Hoots the Owl, and six more in the Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series category for his work as Co-Executive Producer of Sesame Street. In September 2006, Clash released his autobiography, My Life As A Furry Red Monster, What Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love, and Laughing Out Loud.

Source: Sesame Workshop