Bob McGrath — one of the original human stars on “Sesame Street” and a staple of the show for many years — has passed away… according to his loved ones.
The actor’s family shared the sad news on Sunday, writing on its official Facebook page… “Our father Bob McGrath passed away today. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family.”
McGrath will be best remembered as a recurring cast member of the beloved children’s series… having first appeared when the show first aired in the ’60s. He appeared in the pilot in 1969, playing himself, and worked for another 47 seasons. He retired from acting on ‘Sesame Street’ in 2017… his last episode was ‘Having a Ball’.
His contributions to “Sesame Street” cannot be overemphasized… not only did he provide educational lessons to children through his interactions with the puppets – but he also brought a musical element to the show, with original songs such as “People in Your Neighborhood” , “Sing a Song”, “If You’re Happy And You Know It” and even the ‘SS’ theme song.
While Bob stopped performing on camera for “Sesame Street” in recent years… he continued to work with Sesame Workshop – the company that runs the franchise – by going to public events and serving as an advocate.
Bob has starred in numerous “Sesame Street” productions over the years, including standalone movies, sing-alongs, Christmas specials, video games, and more. He was one of the longest-serving human adult cast members on the series. He is survived by his wife and children.