“Sesame Street” Legend Bob McGrath, Dies at 90

“Sesame Street” Legend Bob McGrath, Dies at 90
FILE – Bob McGrath, right, looks at the Cookie Monster as they accept the Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘”Sesame Street” at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Aug. 30, 2009, in Los Angeles. McGrath, an actor, musician and children’s author widely known for his portrayal of one of the first regular characters on the children’s show “Sesame Street” has died at the age of 90. McGrath’s passing was confirmed by his family who posted on his Facebook page on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

American actor, musician and children’s actor Bob McGrath, widely known for his role as one of the first regular characters on the popular children’s show “Sesame Street”, has died at the age of 90.

McGrath’s death was confirmed by his family who posted to his Facebook page on Sunday: “The McGrath family has some sad news to share. Our father Bob McGrath passed away today. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.”

The Sesame Workshop also tweeted Sunday evening that it “mourns the passing of Bob McGrath, a beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years…” concluding with “We will forever be grateful for his many years of passionate creative contributions to Sesame Street and honoured that he shared so much of his life with us.”

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Bob Johnson, character played by Bob McGrath on Sesame Street.

The actor was a founding member of Sesame Street since the show premiered in 1969 playing “Bob Johnson” and made his final appearance on the show in 2017, making his run almost 5-decades-long in the Sesame Street world.

The actor who grew up in Illinois studied music at the University of Michigan and Manhattan School of Music. He was also a singer with a successful singing career in Japan.He is survived by his wife Ann Logan Sperry, and their five children.


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