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The cutting of three veteran Sesame Street cast members was the result of the educational children’s series’ “evolving” curriculum and thus characters, and not any HBO interference, producers said in a statement on Thursday.
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In the wake of recent reports that Bob McGrath and Emilio Delgado (pictured above) and Roscoe Orman — who played Bob, Luis and Gordon for 45, 45 and 42 years, respectively — had been let go concurrent with the show’s retooling for HBO, Sesame Workshop issued a statement stating that cast changes go hand-in-hand with curriculum and content changes. »
David Langston Smyrl, best known for playing Mr. Handford on the long-running PBS series Sesame Street, passed away last night at the age of 80. Philly.com reports that he died at the Lankenau Medical Center in Philadelphia after battling lung cancer. Here's what David Langston Smyrl's wife Cheryl Pajil Smyrl had to say about her husband in a statement.
"He was a funny man, a good man, and he always had jokes for you. He was loved by everyone, and very creative."
David Langston Smyrl grew up in North Philadelphia and started performing as a coffee house poet in Greenwich Village in the 1960s. He began his career in television in New York on a show called Express Yourself, and he appeared on the Broadway play Working in 1978 before moving to California to write for the hit sitcom, Benson. He won a People's Choice Award for his work on the show. »
Smyrl was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the year, his wife, Cheryl, told the Associated Press.
“He was loved by so many people,” Cheryl Smyrl told the AP. “He was a mentor to a lot of children. He was a family man, loyal, true and faithful.”
Smyrl portrayed Handford — the cheerful, retired firefighter who ran Hooper’s Store on Sesame Street — from 1990 to 1998, taking over the role from Leonard Jackson, who had a much grumpier take on the beloved character.
“You get to act stupid,” Smyrl told the Connecticut newspaper the Record-Journal about what drew him to the role. “It’s fun! I get to do fun things like dance with Gloria Estefan.”
Born in north Philadelphia in 1935, he began his television career »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Sesame Street actor David Smyrl has died. Best known for his role as Mr. Handford, the retired firefighter who ran Mr. Hooper’s store on the long-running PBS children’s series, Smyrl died Tuesday of lung cancer in Philadelphia, according to Philly.com He was 80. The writer, actor, singer and voice-over artist began his TV career in New York in 1970 on the show Express Yourself. After a role in Broadway musical Working, he continued his TV work in Los Angeles, as a writer… »
The writer, singer, voiceover artist and actor was diagnosed with lung cancer in January. He passed away at Lankenau Medical Center near his home in Philadelphia.
Smyrl first appeared on television in the 1970s program Express Yourself, before landing a gig writing for the ABC sitcom Benson. Later, he served as a writer and performer on The Cosby Show, portraying contractor Sam Lucas in five episodes between 1985 and 1987. In 1990, he succeeded actor Leonard Jackson as store owner Mr. Handford on Sesame Street, »
David Smyrl, an actor best known for playing store owner Mr. Handford on “Sesame Street,” has died at age 80. The Philadelphia native, who won a People’s Choice Award for his work on the ’80s sitcom “Benson,” died Tuesday months after receiving a diagnosis of lung cancer, according to the Associated Press. Smyrl also worked as a writer on “The Cosby Show,” on which he occasionally appeared as a contractor named Sam Lucas. Also Read: Garry Shandling, 'Larry Sanders Show' Star, Dies at 66 In 1990, he took over for Leonard Jackson as Mr. Hanford, the cheerful singing owner of Hooper’s Store on. »
- Thom Geier
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ToughPigs.com, a fan forum for adult fans of the Muppets, reports that David Langston Smyrl has died at the age of 80. Credited as "David L. Smyrl" on Sesame Street, he was the second actor to play Mr. Handford, the character who took over Mr. Hooper's store, after actor Will Lee passed away.
Smyrl wrote two episodes of the Benson TV series, in 1982. He also appeared in several episodes of The Cosby Show between 1985 and 1987. According to ToughPigs.com, he was also a gag writer and warm-up comedian for that show's live studio audience. The actor's other TV work includes guest roles on Law & Order and ER.
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