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'Sesame Street' launches search for missing original star

16 November 2011 2:09 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sesame Street's producers have launched a search for one of the original stars from their pilot episode. A clip from the Children's Television Workshop pilot from 1969 has surfaced featuring Bob McGrath, Loretta Long and an unknown actor in the role of Gordon. When the children's series finally went to air, Gordon was played by Matt Robinson. Hal Miller replaced Robinson in season three and Roscoe Orman has held the role since season six. However, producers have been unable to identify the original Gordon pilot actor and have requested help from anyone who can shed light on his identity. "We don't know who he is, and we'd like (more) »

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Sesame Street Bosses On The Hunt For First Gordon

13 November 2011 6:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sesame Street bosses are searching for their original Gordon.

Producers of the longrunning kids show have asked fans for help in tracking down the unnamed actor who played teacher Gordon Robinson in the programme's 1969 test pilot.

A post on the Sesame Street website, accompanied by footage of the mystery man, reads, "We don't know who he is, and we'd like to figure it out. We've tried everything short of asking the internet, and come up empty. So we're asking you for help."

Roscoe Orman, Matt Robinson and Hall Miller have all played Gordon over the years »

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Sesame Street Stars Rally Against Broadcast Spending Cuts

16 March 2011 9:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The stars of longrunning children's show Sesame Street are campaigning against plans to cut spending on public broadcasting amid fears it will affect funding for the programme.

Emilio Delgado, who portrays Luis, and Roscoe Orman (Gordon) were among the actors who turned up at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to march in protest after Congress officials announced plans to cut the broadcasting budget, which totalled $420 million (£280 million) last year.

The Sesame Street stars, who also include Alison Bartlett O'Reilly (Gina), Alan Muraoka (Alan) and Bob McGrath (Bob), fear the decision will affect children's education if the show is hit by the spending review.

The actors appeared at the iconic landmark as part of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, to sign a petition asking for the Senate to rethink the plans, reports the Associated Press.

More than 1.2 million signatures are on the petition. »

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'Sesame Street' actors take Washington; Protest budget cuts to Public Broadcasting

15 March 2011 4:13 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

From "Sesame Street" to Capital Hill, the real life actors behind the hit PBS children's program are getting involved and fighting proposed federal spending cuts to public broadcasting.

The AP reports that Emilio Delgado (Luis,) Roscoe Orman (Gordon) and Bob McGrath (Bob) took to our nation's capital joining unions and activist groups in protest. Alan Muraoka (Alan) and Alison Bartlett O'Reilly (Gina) were also present as members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

On Tuesday (Mar. 15) the actors delivered petitions asking the Senate to fully fund PBS. The House has voted to end over $400 million in spending that would fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which produces programming such as Sesame Street.

As Babble points out, those classic "money-making machines" such as Elmo could survive budget cuts, but the daily access millions of kids' have to programming would change eventually.  »


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