Van Snowden's career is a show business success story. The kind you don't often
read in the paper. It begins like many others ... he left his hometown of Branson,
Missouri and headed for New York City to become a Broadway star. He became a
star, but not the kind he was planning on. What he became is one of Hollywood's
premier puppeteers, a star of stage, screen and television. A man with an industrywide
reputation as one of the most valuable players in his field. His talents as
performer, lead puppeteer, and Director have associated him with numerous
award-winning productions and brought him two Primetime EMMY nominations
of his own.
Those EMMY nominations were ones for the record books. Van was nominated
for his work on D.C. FOLLIES in the category "Outstanding Performance In A
Variety Or Musical Program". It was the first time in the 42-year history of the
Primetime EMMYs that a puppeteer was so honored. He lost to Linda Rondstadt!
Van's puppeteering genius has brought numerous other awards to the television
series in which he has performed and/or served as lead puppeteer, including: PEE-WEES
PLAYHOUSE; and TALES FROM THE CRYPT. Van has made several
appearances on NIGHTLINE and LARRY KING LIVE. And appeared with the
Crypt Keeper on the TONTGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO.
Van Snowden's career began over thirty years ago, when he took over the role of
H.R. Pufnstuf, appearing in PUFNSTUF the movie, KROFFT SUPERSTAR
HOUR, DONNIE & MARIE SHOW, BRADY BUNCH HOUR. He also had
leading costume character and puppeteering rolls in THE BUGALOOS,
LIDSVILLE, LAND OF THE LOST, SIGMUND & THE SEA MONSTERS and
BARBERA MANDRELL & THE MANDRELL SISTERS. His most memorable
work in motion pictures: BEETLEJUICE; BILL & TEDS BOGUS JOURNEY;
Bram Stroker's DRACULA; lead puppeteer on CHILD'S PLAY 2 & 3; also
puppetered in X-FILES, the movie; ALIEN RESURECTION; STARSHIP
TROOPERS, and MY FAVORITE MARTIAN.
Van's dream of starring on stage did come true tho. It began when he starred in the
PUFNSTUF ROAD SHOW for two years, touring major theatres and such diverse
arenas as Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl. His work in
BROADWAY BABIES took him to the prestigious Goodspeed Theatre in
Connecticut. In 1990, he performed in AN EVENTNG WITH D.C.FOLLIES at the
Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. His stage work has also taken him to the
major showrooms in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe.
For the last three years, Van headed up the puppeteer division of HASBRO and
TIGER TOYS. They programmed in the original mouth sync, eye blinks, and body
movements for such popular interactive toys as Furby, Gizmo, Yoda, E.T., and