Best Known As Gordon, One of the Original Residents of Sesame Street

Guest Bio

Widely known for his four decades as "Gordon" on Sesame Street, Roscoe began his acting studies at the Circle In The Square Theatre School, making his stage debut in the 1962 revue If We Grow Up. In 1965 he joined the Free Southern Theater of New Orleans, touring with them for two seasons, and as a founding member of Harlem's New Lafayette Theatre, he acted and directed with that company from 1967 to 1972.

Orman's other stage performances include leading roles in such plays as Clara's Ole Man, The Great McDaddy, The Sirens, The Last Street Play, Every Night When The Sun Goes Down, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, The Talented Tenth, Jitney, Fences, Driving Miss Daisy, The Fabulous Miss Marie, and Fetch Clay Make Man, and many others.

Roscoe made his film debut in the title role of Universal Studios' Willie Dynamite, and he has also appeared in Follow That Bird, FX, Striking Distance, New Jersey Drive, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, 30 Days, and Jeremy Fink and The Meaning of Life.

Other television work includes roles on Sanford and Son, Kojak, All My Children, A Man Called Hawk, Law & Order, Cosby, Sex and the City, Law & Order SVU, The Wire, Alpha House, and Criminal Justice. He has narrated numerous TV documentaries, including Langston Hughes: The Dreamkeeper on PBS, Lifeline on Discovery Channel, and Heritage of the Black West on National Geographic.

Roscoe has hosted and performed at numerous events, including national telethons for the prevention of child abuse and violence among children, as well as the Children's Defense Fund's Stand For Children and New York City's Kid's Day events, and he has toured extensively with his Gordon of Sesame Street concerts.

As a writer, Orman published both his memoir, Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of an Actor, and a children's book Ricky & Mobo, which he also illustrated. He served for three years as Chief Storyteller and national spokesperson for AudibleKids.