Local TV Star Known As ‘Mr. Peppermint’ Dead At 84

By Ryan Crowe, CBSDFW.com
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Jerry Haynes, better known to many as Mr. Peppermint, speaks with CBS 11 in April of 2011

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There was a time when the news didn’t start at 4:30 in the morning, when locally produced children’s shows could still be found on TV in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, and when a worm finger puppet could keep a 6-year-old laughing.

Times change in television, but for the thousands of North Texans who remember those days, another icon has died.

Jerry Haynes, best known across Texas as Mr. Peppermint, died Monday at the age of 84.

Haynes died from complications of Parkinson’s disease.  He had been living in Longview, having recently celebrated his anniversary with Doris, his wife of 56 years.

He graduated from Dallas’ Woodrow Wilson High School and SMU, and worked as an actor before getting the idea for his alter-ego, Mr. Peppermint, while working at WFAA-TV.

The character was known for his signature red and white stripped coat, straw boater hat and cane, and was a kindly, grandfather-like teacher to thousands of kids.

The show ran from 1961-1970 and then from 1975-1996.  Haynes teamed up with puppeteer Vern Dailey on the second incarnation of the series, and gave kids the characters like his sidekick Muffin the Bear and a yellow glove with a face painted on it called Mr. Wiggly Worm.

After the show ended its run in 1996 he sat down with Texas Monthly and talked about his decision to stay with Mr. Peppermint over his acting career.  “I could have stayed in New York,” he told the magazine.  “Rogers and Hart can have Manhattan. I’ll take Peppermint Place.”

As Muffin would have said, ‘Thank you, Mr. Pep’mint.’


One Comment

  1. Surfer says:

    GODD-MN IT!! I loved Mr. Peppermint. RIP, kind sir, and thanks for the memories.

  2. NiteNurse says:

    Awww! I loved him and Icky Twerp as a kid.

  3. m white says:

    Grew up with him! Hated it every morning after Felix the Cat was over,KNEW then it was time to walk to school! RIP Mr.Peppermint.

  4. Rasheed Khaleel says:

    Sad sad sad sad sad SAD!!! 😦

  5. Amulette says:

    Loved you !!!

  6. Dan Ford says:

    Thank you sir. You made a lot of us kids happy. Sincere condolences to the family. He was a wonderful man.

  7. Larry Malavear says:

    I meet Mr. Pepermint once when I was about 6 year old. he was as nice in person as he was on TV. God bless you & thanks for the memories.

  8. Diana says:

    Love you Mr. Peppermint! You made many children and their children better people!!! God bless you and your family.

  9. Joni Thompson Latham says:

    I got to meet Mr Peppermint at Mitchell’s in Azle, TX when I was younger. I loved him. He was so soft spoken and kind.

  10. Lee Anne Dudley says:

    I met Mr. Peppermint at the Casa Linda Shopping Center when I was 6. He was so nice and I was so excited to meet him in person! I loved watching his show. They just don’t make them like they used to. RIP Mr Peppermint.

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