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Roscoe Orman

Roscoe Orman (Gordon) is an award-winning actor whose credits extend to television, stage and screen. He studied at New York’s Circle-In-The-Square Theatre School and Manhattan School of Music. He made his acting debut with the Next Stage Theatre Company’s 1962 production of If We Grow Up. He toured for two years with the Free Southern Theater of New Orleans and was an original member of Harlem’s New Lafayette Theatre Company, where he performed in and directed many plays, including Whose Got His Own, The Duplex and The Fabulous Miss Marie. Orman has worked extensively on the New York stage with the Negro Ensemble Company, New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Federal Theatre, and American Place Theatre where in 1993 he enjoyed critical success in the title role of The Confessions of Stepin Fetchit. He appeared as Gabriel in the 1988 Broadway production of Fences, starred in Driving Miss Daisy at both the Delaware Theatre Company and Pennsylvania’s Fulton Playhouse and recently starred in Jitney at Baltimore’s Murphy Fine Arts Center.

Orman’s film credits include the title role in Willie Dynamite, F/X, Striking Distance, New Jersey Drive, Drive-By, Thirty Days, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Coney Island, Compliments of The Serpent and the 2011 family film Jeremy Fink and The Meaning of Life. On television, he has been seen on such shows as Sanford and Son, Kojak, All My Children, Law & Order, Sex and the City, Cosby and The Wire. He has also narrated the TV documentaries Langston Hughes: The DreamKeeper and Look I’m In College for PBS, Children’s Health and Heritage of The Black West on Discovery Channel, U.S. Presidents on The History Channel and Images in Black and White for ESPN. He has authored two books, Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of An Actor and Ricky & Mobo, a children’s book which he also illustrated. In 2008, he was named Chief Storyteller and national spokesperson for Audible Kids. This season of Sesame Street marks Orman’s 38th year as “Gordon”, a science teacher who is married to Susan and the father of Miles.