The Barretta Brothers

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 The Barretta Brothers, Bill and Gene
The Barretta Brothers, Bill and Gene
Los Angeles
Bill, a director, writer, producer, performer, with The Muppets 30 years, Gene, author and illustrator for Sesame Street and...

What are they up to now?

That was the popular question around our house and neighborhood. It was not unusual to see Gene and Bill dressed up in homemade costumes – filming Super 8mm dramas – attempting risky stunts in the ravine – animating GI Joes and weird-looking clay figures – building and performing clunky puppets – drawing offbeat comics, – and imitating The Beatles.

Today, life isn’t very different. In addition to personal projects and various acting roles, Bill has been a director, writer, producer and core performer with The Muppets for nearly 30 years. Gene is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. He has also animated and illustrated for Sesame Street, Between The Lions, and The Jim Henson Company.

The best part of their careers is that they occasionally get to work together! Unfortunately, no one will pay them to imitate The Beatles.