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David Smyrl, Mr. Handford on 'Sesame Street', Passes Away at 80

25 March 2016 9:55 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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. »

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