Bob McGrath, an actor and singer has died. He was 90 years old.
McGrath’s family announced his death on Sunday, Dec. 4 in a Facebook post.
Sesame Street star Alan Muraoka was among those posting tributes to McGrath, who had returned for the show’s 50th anniversary special in 2019.
Prior to joining Sesame Street as an original cast member in 1969, McGrath was a singer who enjoyed international success and a featured tenor on the NBC show Sing Along with Mitch from 1960 to 1964. But the groundbreaking PBS children’s series introduced him to generations of new fans, with McGrath remaining one of the show’s two longest-lasting stars (Loretta Long, best known as Susan Robinson, being the other). After 47 years, it was announced that McGrath was leaving the beloved show, though he continued to represent the brand in online videos and other projects, including the 50th anniversary special and the 2021 documentary, Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street.
Married to wife Ann since 1958, McGrath was a father of five who turned 90 in June.