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Bob McGrath, an original ‘Sesame Street’ cast member, dies at 90

Bob McGrath, one of the original cast members of “Sesame Street,” has died at 90, his family said Sunday.

“Our father Bob McGrath, passed away today,” the family posted on Facebook. “He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.”

McGrath, who was a Illinois native, was one of the four first cast members hired to launch the iconic children’s show in 1969. He played a character named Bob, and was on the iconic PBS show for 460 episodes until 2017, according to his IMDb profile.

The other original human cast members included Matt Robinson as Gordon, Loretta Long as Gordon’s wife Susan, and Will Lee as Mr. Hopper.

Bob McGrath with Telly Monster on Sesame Street.
Hosts pictured on the Sesame Street set are Matt Robinson ,Will Lee, Loretta Long and Bob McGrath..
Hosts of the television show, ‘Sesame Street’ pose on the set with Big Bird. Left to right: Matt Robinson (1937 – 2002), Will Lee (1908 – 1982), Loretta Long and Bob McGrath.
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“The kids we were meant to reach, I think we’ve reached,” McGrath said in an 1998 interview with the Sun-Times.

“They’ve grown up. They’re in their 30s now. They have kids of their own, our Sesame Seeds, and they come up to me and say: ‘Thank you very much. It made a major difference in our lives.’”

One current cast member, Alan Muraoka, who plays the owner of Hooper’s Store, called McGrath a mentor, friend and role model. The last time he saw McGrath was to celebrate his 90th birthday.

“His kindness and wicked sense of humor were such a joy, and I loved him so much,” Muraoka said in a Facebook post.

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