Emilio Delgado


Emilio Delgado (Luis) was born in Calexico, California and spent his early childhood living across the border in Mexicali, Mexico, in a large extended family.

Emilio’s early life, up to age 14, took place on both sides of the US and Mexican border.
He began working at an early age in Mexicali, shining shoes and working in his uncle’s bicycle repair shop.  As a U.S. citizen, he crossed the border daily into the United States to attend school in Calexico, California, where he first began performing in school plays and musicals. He graduated from Glendale High School in Los Angeles, where his interest and passion for theater and music increased. After graduation, he received a scholarship to study acting in Hollywood with the famed Russian actress Eugenie Leontovich. While he continued his theater studies at Glendale College and CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), he was also a singer and guitarist in folk groups and Mexican trios.

In 1968, Emilio began his professional acting career in the Emmy Award winning PBS series Canción De La Raza (Song Of The People) KCET-LA. The producers of Sesame Street, seeking to expand their Latino cast to include Mexican Americans, went to Los Angeles in 1971 and cast Emilio as Luis. Landing the role was meaningful to Emilio because it offered a positive portrayal of Mexican Americans on television. He can claim the longest running part for a Mexican American actor in a continuing television series for his 44 years on Sesame Street.

In addition to Sesame Street, Emilio has continued to work in theater, film, television and as a voiceover artist. More recent television and film appearances include A Case of You, Law & Order, Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, House of Cards, The Get Down, and iCreep, an independent film by Adrian Martinez to be released in 2018. You can hear his familiar voice on many recorded books on Audible. For a more complete list of Emilio’s Film and TV credits refer to IMDB.

In 2009 Emilio was honored to be a guest singer with Pink Martini at Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl and has continued to make guest appearances with the band in New York, Portland, Los Angeles, Seattle and Montreal. Additionally, he recorded ‘Sing’ on their album Splendor in the Grass.

Some notable awards he has received include The Impact Award 2000 from the National Hispanic Media Coalition and The HOLA Ilka Award in 2005. Through the years, Emilio has volunteered his services to many groups including United Farm Workers, Head Start, 52nd Street Project and Project Sunshine. Emilio and his wife Carole live in Manhattan and are avid world travelers.