Bob McGrath – One of the original human stars of ‘Sesame Street’, a staple of the show for many years, has passed away -…that’s according to his loved ones.
The actor’s family published the sad news on Sunday, writing on their official Facebook page… “Our father, Bob McGrath, passed away today, and he passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family.”
McGrath is best remembered as a recurring cast member of the beloved children’s series… having made his debut when the show first aired in the ’60s. He appeared in the pilot in 1969, playing himself, and went on to work for 47 additional seasons. He quit acting on “Sesame Street” in 2017… his last episode was “Having a Ball”.
His contributions to “Sesame Street” cannot be overstated… Not only did he provide educational lessons for children through his interaction with the puppets – but he brought a musical element to the show as well, with original songs like “People in Your Neighborhood”, “Sing a Song”, “If I was glad you knew it” and even the “SS” theme song.
While Bob has shied away from appearing in front of the camera for “Sesame Street” in recent years…he’s continued to work with Sesame Workshop – the company that runs the franchise – by going to public events and serving as an advocate.
Bob has starred in countless “Sesame Street” productions over the years – including indie films, vocals, holiday specials, video games, and more. He was one of the series’ tallest human cast members. He is survived by his wife and children.