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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 May 1940Calexico, California, USA
Birth NameEmilio Ernest Delgado
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Emilio Delgado is an actor and singer, best known as "Luis" who has appeared on Sesame Street since 1971. He was born in Calexico, California and spent his early childhood living across the border in Mexicali, Mexico in a large extended family.

He started working at an early age in Mexicali shining shoes and working in his uncle's bicycle repair shop. As a U.S. citizen, he crossed the border daily into the United States to attend elementary school in Calexico, California, where he first began performing in school plays and musicals. As a teenager he moved with his immediate family to Los Angeles and graduated from Glendale High School, where his interest and passion for theater and music intensified. After graduating from high school he received a scholarship to study acting in Hollywood with the famed Russian actress Eugenie Leontovich. He continued his theater studies at Glendale College and later at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), and also performed as a singer and guitarist in many folk groups and Mexican romantic trios.

In 1968 Emilio began working as a professional actor in the Emmy Award winning PBS series Cancion De La Raza (KCET). In 1971, the producers of Sesame Street in New York expanded their cast to include Latinos and cast Emilio as Luis. Landing the role of "Luis" was very meaningful to Emilio because it offered a positive portrayal of a Mexican American on television. He can claim the longest running part for a Mexican American actor in a continuing television series for his 44 years on Sesame Street.

Some notable awards he has received include, The Impact Award 2000 from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, The HOLA Ilka Award in 2005 and in 2009 he and the cast of Sesame Street received the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for Sesame Street's 40 years on the air.

In 1972 Emilio was cast to understudy Raul Julia in The Public Theatre's Two Gentlemen of Verona and was personally cast for the role by the legendary Joe Papp. Recent theatre credits include Nilo Cruz's A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Night Over Taos (INTAR NY) and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Round House Theatre), Retrospective (Manhattan Theatre Source) and more recently as Claudius in Asolo Repertory's production of Hamlet, Prince of Cuba. He has appeared in television classics such as Hawaii 5-0, Quincy, Police Story and co-starred with Sam Elliot and James Whitmore in I Will Fight No More Forever. He was also a recurring cast member on the Lou Grant Show in the role of Ruben Castillo, National Editor. More recent television and film appearances include A Case of You, Peeples, Cupid, Law & Order, Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and House of Cards.

In 2009 Emilio was honored to perform with Pink Martini at Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl and has made other guest appearances with the band in Portland, Seattle, New York and Montreal.

Through the years, Emilio has contributed many hours of his time to organizations such as the United Farm Workers, Head Start, The 52nd Street Project and Project Sunshine.

Emilio and his wife Carole live in New York City and have two children, a son Aram and a daughter Lauren.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Spouse (3)

Carole Delgado (28 January 1990 - present) (1 child)
Linda Lee Moon (14 February 1977 - 1984) (divorced)
Barbara Snavely (19 May 1963 - 1975) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (4)

Completely fluent in both English and Spanish; has also studied French and Italian.
Has two children. His son is from his first marriage and his daughter is from his current marriage with his wife Carol.
Contrary to popular belief, 'Luis and Maria' were never married in real life. The characters Luis and Maria were married on Sesame Street and the actors Emilio Delgado and Sonia Manzano are happily married to other people.
Emilio was a student at CalArts in their first theater class in 1970, under the direction of innovative director Herb Blau. California Institute of the Arts '71.

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