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Emilio Delgado ”What a magic carpet ride it’s been! Time flies when you’re having flán! Happy 40th one and all!” 

- Emilio Delgado, “Luis”

Sonia Manzano“There have been many changes on Sesame Street over the past 40 years except for one—the Muppets™ still crack me up! Some things never change!”

- Sonia Manzano, “Maria”

Carroll Spinney“Even on day one of Sesame Street, 40 years ago, I felt I was becoming a part of something very special.  However, I never could have imagined how truly important the show would become to so many people around the world.  Including me.” 

- Carroll Spinney, “Big Bird” And “Oscar The Grouch”

Fran Brill“How bad can a job be when you get to act like a three year old all day, laugh, sing, create dozens of characters, and feel part of a large, wildly creative (sometimes dysfunctional) family?!!” 

- Fran Brill, “Prairie Dawn” And “Zoe”

Jerry Nelson“Sesame Street is my family away from family. Not only the people that work, there but all the monsters, horses, cows, chickens, penguins and twiddle bugs too.  How cool is that?!!!  I love what I do and I love all the people that help me do what I love.”

- Jerry Nelson, “Count Von Count,” “Herry Monster,” “Fat Blue” and “Sherlock Hemlock”

Carmen Osbahr“When Jim Henson hired me, he asked “if I wanted to be part of his Sesame Street family?”  Since that day I’ve been part of the most colorful, funny, loving and amazing family. I LOVE IT!” 

- Carmen Osbahr, “Rosita”

Alison Bartlett“Sesame Street lives and breathes in me from the time I was a baby.  I sang wildly along with Susan and Bob (Someday Little Children, I still know every word). I listened intently to the voice of Kermit trying to be calm and practical in the absurdist of absurd situations.  And I learned about love, grief, compassion and camaraderie while watching our friends process the loss of the beloved Mr. Hooper.  Becoming a teenager and being a cast member on the show gave me a much needed sense of home.  Now, as a grown woman, with children (teenagers ouch) of my own, my childlike pride and wonderment of the incredible creation, brought to fruition in 1969, that I am still a part of, continues to bring forward the words in me which have never ever ceased throughout my life...Thank you Sesame Street.” 

- Alison Bartlett, “Gina”

Alan Muraoka“Sesame Street has been my home for the past 11 years, and it’s always a place that I have felt safe to take risks, be absolutely ridiculous, and above all, have the time of my life. I can honestly say that it has been the most rewarding and soul-fulfilling job that I have ever had. As an Asian American actor, it has been an amazing honor to be a thread in the multi-cultural fabric that makes up Sesame Street, and it is something that I hold dear to my heart.  It has been an honor to be a part of the legacy that Sesame Street has built. And I also have a great recipe for a birdseed milkshake.” 

- Alan Muraoka, “Alan”

Bob Mcgrath”Being “Bob” the music teacher on Sesame Street for 40 years has been a unique opportunity to work with outstanding and creative people, all dedicated to helping young children achieve their maximum potential in life.  Joan Ganz Cooney created the best and largest educational experiment in the world.  It is tremendously gratifying to know that millions of children worldwide have benefited from her ideas and her imagination.  Einstein once said that “Imagination encircles the world”.  Joan’s imagination has done just that, and I feel privileged and honored to have been a small part of her dream.” 

- Bob Mcgrath, “Bob”

Kevin Clash“Sesame Street is the epitome of children’s television. It has continued to maintain the successful structure that was established in the beginning. Through it’s amazing research department, teaching has been made fun. This, the heart and humor works for children and adults alike, that’s why I’m very honored to be a part of it.” 

- Kevin Clash, “Elmo,” “Hoots The Owl,” Co-Executive Producer, Creative Director And Muppet Captain

Dr. Loretta Long“Wow, who knew? When I left teaching to hang out with an 8ft yellow bird, my parents

began to pray for me and the show—40 years later, it worked! Sesame Street show changed my life and children’s television.” 

- Dr. Loretta Long, “Susan”