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Sesame Street

Sesame Street

HBO Max 1969

On a special inner city street, the inhabitants—human and muppet—teach preschoolers basic educational and social concepts using comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.

The Top 10 Actors and Characters of Sesame Street (Ranked Cast in 2024)

Kevin Clash

#1 - Kevin Clash (Elmo/Hoots the Owl/Baby Natasha (voice), Clementine, Hoots the Owl, Baby Natasha)

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Kevin Jeffrey Clash (born September 17, 1960) is an American voice actor and puppeteer whose characters include Elmo, Baby Sinclair, Clifford, Splinter and Hoots the Owl. He currently serves as Sesame Street Muppet Captain and co-executive producer. In the fall of 2006, Clash released an autobiography titled My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud. Description above from the Wikipedia article Kevin Clash, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Kevin Clash plays as Elmo/Hoots the Owl/Baby Natasha (voice), Clementine, Hoots the Owl, Baby Natasha in Sesame Street.
Kevin Clash is the top #1 member of the cast and appears in 2295 episodes.

Caroll Spinney

#2 - Caroll Spinney (Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Sam the Robot, Bennett Snerf, Cookie Monster)

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Caroll Edwin Spinney, sometimes credited as Carroll Spinney or Ed Spinney (December 26, 1933 – December 8, 2019), was an American puppeteer most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the children's television show Sesame Street. Description above from the Wikipedia article Caroll Spinney, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Caroll Spinney plays as Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Sam the Robot, Bennett Snerf, Cookie Monster in Sesame Street.
Caroll Spinney is the top #2 member of the cast and appears in 2295 episodes.

Martin P. Robinson

#3 - Martin P. Robinson (Telly Monster/Aloysius Snuffleupagus/Irvine/Slimey (voice), Irvine)

Martin P. Robinson (born March 9, 1954) is a puppeteer for the Jim Henson Company. He originally built, designed, and performed the puppets for Little Shop of Horrors. He is perhaps best known for his work on Sesame Street. He has performed the characters of Telly Monster, Slimey the Worm, Mr. Snuffleupagus, and Tony The Turtle on the show for more than 20 years. He also performed the character Riff on Allegra's Window, and was an animatronic puppeteer for Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He is the puppeteer responsible for training the puppeteers on Sesame Tree. He was born on March 9, 1954 in Dearborn, Michigan. Graduated from Brookfield East High School, in Brookfield, Wisconsin, suburb of Milwaukee. He was married to Annie Evans on August 9, 2008 on the set of Sesame Street, in the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, NY. Description above from the Wikipedia article Martin P. Robinson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Martin P. Robinson plays as Telly Monster/Aloysius Snuffleupagus/Irvine/Slimey (voice), Irvine in Sesame Street.
Martin P. Robinson is the top #3 member of the cast and appears in 2295 episodes.

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

#4 - Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (Abby Cadabby, Muppet, Virginia Virginia, Grouch)

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph plays as Abby Cadabby, Muppet, Virginia Virginia, Grouch in Sesame Street.
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph is the top #4 member of the cast and appears in 2295 episodes.

Joey Mazzarino

#5 - Joey Mazzarino (Stinky, Murray & Blogg)

Joey Mazzarino plays as Stinky, Murray & Blogg in Sesame Street.
Joey Mazzarino is the top #5 member of the cast and appears in 2295 episodes.

David Rudman

#6 - David Rudman (Cookie Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Two-Headed Monster)

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. David Rudman (born June 1st 1964) is a puppeteer, voice actor and producer, best known as a performer of many Sesame Street Muppet characters. He originated the role of Baby Bear, and has been nominated for two Emmy Awards for his work replacing Frank Oz in the role of Cookie Monster. However, Oz still comes in to record new material with Cookie Monster occasionally. Rudman also took over as Richard Hunt's half of "The Two Headed Monster" after his death. His first production was Rankin/Bass productions such as Rudolph's Shiny New Year. He is currently the executive producer of Jack's Big Music Show on cable TV's Nick Jr. channel, and performs the voice of Jack, the lead character. He is also the executive producer, co-creator, and director of Bunnytown on cable TV's Playhouse Disney. Rudman was the speaker at the 2005 graduation ceremony for the Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago.  He attended Highland Park High School and graduated in 1981. He has been a speaker at the school's biennial Focus on the Arts program since 2003. He attended college at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. He continues to reside in Highland Park with his wife and three children. He will also take over two roles once held by Richard Hunt: Scooter and Janice. Description above from the Wikipedia article David Rudman, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

David Rudman plays as Cookie Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Two-Headed Monster in Sesame Street.
David Rudman is the top #6 member of the cast and appears in 2295 episodes.

Frank Oz

#7 - Frank Oz (Bert)

Frank Oz born Richard Frank Oznowicz; is a British-born American film director, actor, voice actor and puppeteer who is known for creating and performing the characters Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear in The Muppet Show and for directing films, including the 1986 Little Shop Of Horrors remake and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He is also the operator and voice of Yoda in the Star Wars series.

Frank Oz plays as Bert in Sesame Street.
Frank Oz is the top #7 member of the cast and appears in 1991 episodes.

Sonia Manzano

#8 - Sonia Manzano (Maria Figueroa Rodriguez)

Sonia Manzano is an actress and writer, known for Sesame Street (1969), Follow That Bird (1985) and Firepower (1979). She has been married to Richard Reagan since 1986. They have one child.

Sonia Manzano plays as Maria Figueroa Rodriguez in Sesame Street.
Sonia Manzano is the top #8 member of the cast and appears in 1991 episodes.

Roscoe Orman

#9 - Roscoe Orman (Gordon Robinson)

While a student at New York's High School of Art and Design, Orman made his theatrical debut in the 1962 topical revue "If We Grow Up." He was an early member of the Free Southern Theater for two years in the mid-1960s and a founding member of Harlem, New York's New Lafayette Theatre, where he acted in and directed numerous plays. His many other stage appearances have included roles in "Julius Caesar" and "Coriolanus" at Joseph Papp's Public Theater, the Broadway production of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Fences", and Matt Robison's one-man play "The Confessions of Stepin Fetchit" at the American Place Theatre. Orman is the recipient of an Audelco Theatre Award and a five-time nominee. He made his feature film debut in the title role of Universal Studios' 1974 drama, Willie Dynamite and has also appeared in such films as F/X, Striking Distance, New Jersey Drive, Follow That Bird, Twilight's Last Gleaming,The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, and "Jeremy Fink And The Meaning of Life". His television credits include work on such shows as All My Children, Kojak, Sanford and Son, Cosby, Sex and the City, The Wire, andLaw & Order. He most recently appeared on episode 5 of the Garry Trudeau/Amazon streaming production Alpha House. In June 2006, Orman's memoir Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of An Actor was released. In September 2007, his children's book Ricky and Mobo was released. On October 8, 2008, he became the Chief Storyteller of AudibleKids.com (a service of Audible.com), a website for parents, teachers, and children to connect with one another and download and listen to audiobooks oniPods, MP3 players, and computers. In his role as Chief Storyteller, Orman narrates audiobooks and communicates with children, parents and teachers online and at community, literacy and library events, lectures and conferences, and via other media to encourage the use of audiobooks to help build an interest in reading and develop literacy skills. He commented on being Chief Storyteller on October 8, 2008: “When Sesame Streetbegan, television was a new and even controversial medium. But we showed how that technology, if used correctly, could become a powerful learning tool...I see the same kind of opportunity emerging today as parents and educators increasingly view iPods with skepticism. With AudibleKids.com, I believe we can help turn these players into magnificent storytellers, tools for learning, and a way to promote a lifelong love of stories and language.” His new role was announced at a community event at The Educational Alliance Boys & Girls Club in New York City, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office commended Orman’s life work and willingness to embrace new technology to help encourage children to read books, by naming October 8, 2008 AudibleKids Day in New York City. Orman is a resident of New Jersey. He has four children, Rasheda, Solana, Miles, and Cheyenne. His son, Miles Orman, was on Sesame Street playing Gordon and Susan's adopted son Miles Robinson from the mid-1980s into the early 1990s.

Roscoe Orman plays as Gordon Robinson in Sesame Street.
Roscoe Orman is the top #9 member of the cast and appears in 1991 episodes.

Fran Brill

#10 - Fran Brill (Zoe/Prairie Dawn (voice))

Fran Brill (born September 30, 1946) is an actress and puppeteer who worked on Sesame Street beginning in 1970. She was the first female puppeteer hired by Jim Henson, outside of wife Jane Henson. She is best known for performing Prairie Dawn and Zoe. Brill retired from performing in September 2014.

Fran Brill plays as Zoe/Prairie Dawn (voice) in Sesame Street.
Fran Brill is the top #10 member of the cast and appears in 1991 episodes.

Last updated: feb 06, 2023

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