Elmo celebrates his birthday today (February 3)! The little red monster has been on the air since 1979, and this year he has more reason to celebrate than ever before: His popularity remains undimmed amongst his beloved "Sesame Street" neighbors and the arthouse crowd adores him too: A documentary about his puppeteer just won the Sundance Festival's Special Jury Prize. So, to celebrate, let's look back on Elmo's big accomplishments over the course of his young-long life — and take a peek under the table and meet the man who nobody expects to be Elmo.
Happy Birthday, Elmo!
A look at Elmo's accomplishments over the course of his life.