Bob McGrath, the actor who played Bob on Sesame Street has died at age 90 following an illness.
McGrath played his character on the iconic children’s show for almost 50 years.
Entire generations of kids knew him as a friendly and cheerful friend of Grover and Big Bird.
USA Today reports:
Bob McGrath, ‘Sesame Street’ veteran, dies at 90: ‘Brought joy and wonder to generations of children’
Bob McGrath, an original cast member of “Sesame Street” who portrayed friendly music teacher Bob Johnson for over four decades, has died. He was 90.
The Sesame Workshop confirmed McGrath’s death in a statement shared with USA TODAY and on Twitter on Sunday.
“Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of Bob McGrath, a beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years,” the statement read. “A founding cast member, 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.”
The Illinois-born actor was a veteran of the children’s series and was one of the four non-Muppet characters when the show first premiered on Nov. 10, 1969.
The Sesame Workshop added on Twitter that McGrath was a “revered performer worldwide.”
“Bob’s rich tenor filled airwaves and concert halls from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan to Tokyo many times over,” the statement read. “We will forever be grateful for his many years of passionate creative contributions to Sesame Street and honored that he shared so much of his life with us.”
Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of Bob McGrath, a beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years.
— Sesame Workshop (@SesameWorkshop) December 5, 2022
Rest in Peace, Bob McGrath.
Thank you for being a person in our neighborhood 💔 pic.twitter.com/5EyPdGiqX7
— 🎄Muppet History 🕎 (@HistoryMuppet) December 4, 2022
Rest in Peace to our Bob McGrath.
He was so vital in not only our education, but our earliest cognitive memories.
Who are the people in your neighborhood?pic.twitter.com/mHtLqhi8MT
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) December 5, 2022
Rest in peace, sir.