"I used to really be shocked when people would tell me that I was their first real teacher, or it was because of me and because of 'Sesame Street' in particular, that they became who they are in terms of choosing their profession or really beginning to love learning....It's still very humbling to hear that kind of thing and to know that I've had a part in it in some way."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, Roscoe Orman discusses his childhood in the Bronx and chronicles his theater work at the start of his career. He recounts his participation in the Civil Rights Movement, and recalls meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. Orman then details his three decades playing "Gordon Robinson" on the groundbreaking children's series Sesame Street. He describes how he won the role, which puppets are his favorites, and what he believes the legacy of Sesame Street will be. Orman shares some of his favorite episodes and storylines from the program, including the memorable "Farewell, Mr. Hooper" episode and the adoption of "Gordon's" son, "Milo." He also touches on his television work on All My Children, Sanford and Son, Sex and the City and Kojak. Karen Herman conducted the interview on July 20, 2004 at the Sesame Workshop in New York, NY.