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Luis, Resident of Sesame Street & Fix-It Shop Operator Since 1971

Guest Bio

Emilio Delgado is an actor and singer, best known as "Luis" who has appeared on Sesame Street since 1971. He was born in Calexico, California and graduated from Glendale High School, continuing his theater studies at Glendale College and later at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts). He also performed as a singer and guitarist in many folk groups and romantic Mexican trios.

In 1968 Emilio began working as a professional actor in the Emmy Award winning PBS series Cancion De La Raza (KCET). In 1971 the producers of Sesame Street in New York expanded their cast to include Latinos and cast Emilio as Luis. He can claim the longest running role for a Mexican American actor in a continuing television series for his 44 years on Sesame Street.

In 1972 Emilio understudied Raul Julia in The Public Theatre's Two Gentlemen of Verona and was personally cast by the legendary Joe Papp. Other theatre credits include Nilo Cruz's A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Night Over Taos, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Retrospective and Claudius in Hamlet Prince of Cuba. He appeared in television classics such as Lou Grant in the role of Ruben Castillo, Hawaii 5-0, Quincy, Police Story and I Will Fight No More Forever. More recently House of Cards, The Get Down, Law & Order, Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, A Case of You, Peeples, Cupid and is a voiceover artist.

Emilio has been honored to perform with Pink Martini at Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl and has made other guest appearances with the band in Portland, Seattle, New York and Montreal. He and his wife Carole live in New York City and delightfully travel the world every chance they get.

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