Actor and recording artist Bob McGrath, who became a generational icon as one of the original human stars of “Sesame Street,” died Sunday. He was 90.
McGrath’s death was confirmed by family members in a Facebook post: “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.”
Sesame Workshop shared a statement that it has been a “beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years.”
“Bob embraced the tunes of Sesame Street as much as anyone, and the show brought joy and wonder to children around the world, whether it was teaching them the ABCs, people around them, or the simple joy of hearing music in their hearts. ” says the Sesame Workshop statement. “A world-renowned performer, Bob’s rich tenor has filled the airwaves and concert halls from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan to Tokyo. We honor him for his profound creative contributions to Sesame Street over the years and for sharing so much of his life with us.
In the year His last show in the series was It came in 2017, but McGrath did not leave the relationship with the series, he continued to appear publicly at various events related to “Sesame Street”.
During his time on the series, McGrath appeared in several of the show’s highlights, including the “People in Your Neighborhood” musical.
Beyond the television series, McGrath has been the most popular human face of the property in various film, video game, and song-length productions.
Born on June 13, 1932 in Ottawa, Ill., McGrath studied music at the University of Michigan and later at the Manhattan School of Music. McGrath married his wife Ann Logan Sperry in 1958.
Entering entertainment, he made his debut as a singer in Mitch Miller’s PG-rated ensemble in 1962. Miller had a hit TV series and record series under the “Sing With Mitch” banner, which featured healthy singers performing pop standards. In the year In the summer of 1964, McGrath appeared with Miller’s ensemble at the Las Vegas Desert Inn. While Beatlemania was sweeping the country, McGrath was performing “Danny’s Boy” and “On The Street You Live In” in Vegas. showroom.
In the year By the mid-1960s, McGrath was actively pursuing a solo recording career as well as acting. In the year In 1966, he signed with Columbia Records’ Japanese label, Nippon Columbia. For a time, McGrath performed regularly in Japan.
In the year In 1969, McGrath landed his signature role on “Sesame Street.” The groundbreaking children’s program sponsored by media pioneer Joan Gantz Cooney was a pop culture powerhouse in November 1969 on the then-PBS network.
The series represented the medium’s greatest effort to use television as a vehicle to deliver educational content to young children. McGrath was part of an ensemble cast that shared the “Sesame Street” screen with the unique Muppet characters created by Jim Henson, including Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Grover.
McGrath remained inextricably linked to “Sesame Street” for the rest of his career. But he never expressed public displeasure with typesetting. In addition to the weekly television series, McGrath appeared in several Sesame Street-related productions, such as 1996’s “Sesame Street: Elmo Saves Christmas,” the 1985 theatrical version of “Follow That Bird,” and the 1978 “Sesame Street Christmas Special.” He has made many appearances representing the scene in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and “The Mike Douglas Show,” among other special events.
“Not only is it a great job to work with great people, but knowing the impact ‘Sesame Street’ has had on millions of kids around the world is the most exciting thing anyone can hope for. It’s amazing to have the opportunity to do this,” McGrath told the Television Academy’s American Television Archive in 2004. .