Sesame Street legend Bob McGrath dies at 90
Bob McGrath, the actor and musician best known for playing the character Bob Johnson on the long-running children’s show Sesame Street, has passed away at age 90.
The actor’s family confirmed McGrath’s passing on his official Facebook page on Sunday, December 4, writing, “Our father, Bob McGrath, passed away today. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.”
Bob McGrath joined the inaugural cast of “Sesame Street” in 1969 as Bob Johnson, the affable neighborhood music teacher, alongside three other human characters who sang, lived, worked and learned alongside their fluffy, fuzzy — and occasionally grouchy — Muppet counterparts.
Sesame Workshop shared a statement on social media mourning “a beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years.”
“Bob embodied the melodies of Sesame Street like no one else, and his performances brought joy and wonder to generations of children around the world, whether teaching them the ABCs, the people in their neighborhood, or the simple joy of feeling music in their hearts,” the Workshop said on Twitter.
McGrath, a father to five children and a grandfather to eight, is survived by his wife Ann Sperry.
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