There was an attempt to make a puppet of Fator by artist and designer David D. Cohen. But he decided to make the puppet himself. The actor who played Fator on “The Big Bang Theory” and for many episodes of “The X-Files” was Tim Conway, who had the same name but was better known to the public as the actor Tony Clifton. Fator was played by a puppeteer called “Terry Fator.”
The first ever puppet of Fator (and the second being the “Star Trek” version) was made by Cohen. Cohen had come up with the idea of making two puppets out of the same piece of paper and then attaching them to one another to create something that was not a puppet but a “spider.” The spiders were used in the episode.
When did D.E.B. create the characters ?
D.E.B. wrote the entire sequence that featured the spiders where they would crawl out from under the car where Fator was. The spider that would come out from the right side of Fator’s face in the episode was an homage to the character named “Spider” from the TV series “Spidey.” A spider from the end of the episode with Fator’s head attached was based on the “Spider” from Spiderman. The spider from the “Star Trek” episode had also been in the same episode.
How many spider puppets were produced ?
The first three “Spidey” spider puppets were made by D.E.B. and a fourth was made by another designer. “The Lone Ranger” spider puppet was made by D.E.B.’s company Blueprints Inc. and it showed up on television. The puppet was given a new head and a new color scheme and was sold as a costume.
Was there any concern about whether the spider was too big ?
The spider from The Lone Ranger was built so high it could barely lift it’s arms. The spider in The Fator was built so high that not even its head could be put in its hand. In the beginning of the episode, they shot the legs so low they were so close to Fator that they could be seen through the black paint on his eyes.
Was there any concern that the spider was too small ?
At the time the spider puppets were shown it was an unknown if the character Fator would wear that much clothing or if it would be