Kevin Jeffrey Clash is an American puppeteer, producer, director, and actor, who is best known for his role as Elmo on Sesame Street from 1985 to 2012. His other Muppet characters include Hoots the Owl, Natasha, and Benny Rabbit. Clash resigned from Sesame Workshop in November 2012, following allegations of misconduct, despite being cleared of the charges. He has since relocated to the Jim Henson Company, continuing to puppeteer for various projects.
For Disney, he portrayed Baby Sinclair and Mr. Ashland in the TV series Dinosaurs, as well as occasionally puppeteered Ethyl Phillips in a few early episodes. Other Muppet characters he played were Polly Lobster, Clifford, and Carter.
Outside of Disney, he is well-known for playing Splinter in the first two live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films and Ace Yu in Dog City. In 2016, Clash performed Wembley Fraggle of Fraggle Rock at Puppets for Puppetry.