Bob McGrath

Bob McGrath, the original cast member of ‘Sesame street’, has died at 90

According to social media posts from his family and Sesame Workshop, Bob McGrath, a beloved cast member of “Sesame Street,” has passed away.

He was 90.

“The McGrath family has sad news to share. Today, our father Bob McGrath passed away. “He died peacefully at his home, surrounded and loved by his family,” a Facebook family statement read.

In a Twitter tribute, McGrath was honored by The Sesame Workshop in a thread.

The statement said, “Bob was a founding cast member and embodied Sesame Street’s melodies like no other and his performances brought joy to generations of children all over the world.” We will always be grateful for his many creative and passionate contributions to Sesame Street over the years, and we are honored that he shared so much with us.

McGrath was a pilot for “Sesame Street” in 1969. He went on to work as Bob Johnson on 47 seasons. Although he left the series in 2017, he still represents it at various events.

According to Sesame Workshop, the actor was also an accomplished musician and tenor. He performed in concert halls “from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan, Tokyo many times over.” McGrath was instrumental in the creation of many of Sesame Street’s most popular songs, including “People in Your Neighborhood” (a childhood favorite) and “Sing a Song”.

Alan Muraoka, a cast member of “Sesame St,” paid tribute to his “role model.”

“Words can’t express how Bob meant to me: a role model, mentor, friend, and mentor. Muraoka shared his love for him via Instagram. Rest in peace, my friend. You did well.”

McGrath stated that “you can’t help being influenced by all the wonderful research and positive messages that are shown in ‘Sesame Street,” in a 2015 interview discussing some of the lessons he learned from the iconic program. “I learned how important listening, really listening, is to your children’s voices.

McGrath was a father of five children and a grandfather. Ann Logan Sperry is his widow.

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