It's probably fair to say that if Laurence Olivier was the preeminent actor of his generation, D̶a̶n̶i̶e̶l̶ ̶D̶a̶y̶ ̶L̶e̶w̶i̶s̶ Kermit the Frog™ was the heir-apparent. How else to explain the outpouring of grief that has attended to Disney's canning of puppeteer Steve Whitmire, since 1990 the voice of the “the frog with kind, somber eyes"? "Your Kermit was a stalwart comfort for me over the years," one inconsolable fan told Whitmire. “I am devastated to have failed in my duty to my hero,” Whitmire blogged. Thankfully, Kermit Himself will persevere, once a new voice actor is hired. Yet another generation of TV babies can grow into adulthood believing that puppets are their special friends.