Emilio Delgado, the actor who played Luis the handyman on the beloved children’s television show “Sesame Street” for more than four decades, has passed away at age 81. His wife shared the news of how Emilio passed after two years of being diagnosed with the blood cancer multiple myeloma.
Generations of children knew Emilio Delgado as Sesame Street‘s fix-it shop owner, Luis Rodriguez.
Born in Calexico, California on May 8, 1940, Delgado became interested in acting and the performing arts in high school. Delgado began acting professionally in 1968, becoming a major figure in the California theatre scene. His first onscreen role was in 1968’s Canción de la Raza, and he would go on to join the cast of Angie’s Garage, a children’s series geared towards Mexican-American children. Just a year later, Delgado was brought on for the third season of Sesame Street. Delgado’s role, which was the first human addition to the original cast, was as Luis Rodriguez, the owner of Sesame Street’s repair store, named “The Fix-It Shop”.
He played Luis for 44 years, starting in 1971. The Sesame Street Workshop noted in a release that his was the longest running role for a Mexican American actor in a TV series.
The Sesame Workshop issued the following statenent:
“Emilio Delgado, who played Luis on Sesame Street, passed away on March 10, 2022. A beloved member of the Sesame family for over 50 years, his warmth and humor invited children to share a friendship that has echoed through generations. At the forefront of representation, Emilio proudly laid claim to the ‘record for the longest-running role for a Mexican-American in a TV series.’ We are so grateful he shared his talents with us and with the world.”
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