'Sesame Street' asks: Have you seen this man?
November 14th, 2011
02:43 PM ET

'Sesame Street' asks: Have you seen this man?

The producers of "Sesame Street" have looked high and low, and now they're turning to the Internet.

The show is searching for the original actor who played the character of Gordon 42 years ago. Roscoe Orman is best known as playing that role since the show's sixth season. Two other actors played Gordon in the early years, but this particular unknown man only played Gordon in the landmark children's series' unaired pilot.

"Sesame Street" has posted everything they know, including a clip of the unknown gentleman in the pilot. Unfortunately, even some of his fellow actors from that pilot, such as Big Bird actor Carroll Spinney, don't recall who he is.

The show wants people with any knowledge of who the "missing Gordon" is, to e-mail wheresgordon@sesame.org. According to their website, "It could be something seemingly small; something like 'my great aunt once said that her third cousin was almost on Sesame Street,' or, 'there was a person in my neighborhood who said he was on Sesame Street in the late 1960s.' And as we learn more, we'll post it here."

Could it be that the show wants to put together a reunion of everyone who participated in that first episode they ever shot? Only time – not to mention anyone with knowledge of who the actor is – will tell.

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  1. KlintzCNN

    From the Sesame Street website: "In celebration of our 40th anniversary in 2009, we went through rooms full of Sesame Street archives – everything from clips and stills to letters and pay stubs. And we came up empty."

    For those of you saying "Why don't they check old pay stubs/records?" the answer is they did.

    November 21, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Buzz Mann

    They probably want to get him for back taxes or something.Dude is probably paranoid as heck and hiding in the basement someplace.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |

    looks like greg morris from mission impossible

    November 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |

    greg morris from mission impossible

    November 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Just a thought

    That isn't the black man from the Lawrence Welk show who could tap dance and sing, is it?? I might be wrong...

    November 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      no... that was arthur duncan... but i swear i've seen that face before... maybe he was a bit player on 222 or julia or the nipsey russell show...

      November 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just a thought

      Yeah, his face does look familiar. It would be nice if they could figure this out... There's got to be some kind of record or something.... I know, Captain Obvious, but still... I think it would be nice to be able to give credit where it is due.

      November 17, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Reality Check

    Let's see... He filmed the pilot of a show that went on to become a classic. He was never hired to play the part for which he was impersonated for the series. I say you could find him on Bitter Street.

    November 16, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. samuel Ravelo

    I think this guy is my uncle Napoles....

    November 16, 2011 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tania

    Holly Robinson Peete is his daughter. She'll tell you that he passed away.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Willis

    I think he was the guy that played Mr. Drummand

    November 16, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Noodles

    His name is Ted Williams.


    November 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    More details about the search can be found here: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Who_played_Gordon_in_the_Sesame_Street_test_pilot%3F

    November 15, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mike allegretto


    November 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mike allegretto


    November 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mike allegretto

    sadly mr morris has passed on.

    November 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mike allegretto

    it is actor greg morris. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHiEvVK5D-0

    November 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Zachary Colman

    Wouldn't it have been easier for Sesame Street producers to simply call Tim Meadows and ask where his father is?

    November 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Bup

    I don't know who that Gordon is, but BERT OWNZ that clip!

    November 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Brian

    Why even bother to post this story online if people are not going to take this seriously?

    November 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  19. oj

    Yeah... I just saw him on sesame street! Found him! I don't understand why they didn't try to look there first.. I am a genius. ....

    Oh wait, I actually read the article, and comprehended it... Now I feel like an idiot. *sarc* (come on people...they looking for the "unknown man" in the picture.. not the guys who they just named in the article...)

    November 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Queen B

    What is going on when SS doesn't screen their employees. Look up convicted pedophile? How could they not have any information on this guy? Is this a stunt?

    November 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  21. LouieD

    I have some grainy Super 8 film from several years ago showing what appears to be this Lost Gordon walking naked through a forest near Orleans, California. It's only a few seconds long. He glances briefly at the camera and quickly disappears into the brush.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Anthony

    I think it's Matt Robinson or Roscoe Orman.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  23. kP

    god, are there some stupid people on here.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jeremiah

    Greg Morris

    November 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Wilson

      Can't be Greg Morris. This episode was the pilot episode done in the late 60's and this guy looks way too old during that time frame to be Greg Morris.

      November 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Justin

    Didn't he become a successful film actor? Or, am I confusing him with Morgan Freeman/The Electric Company?

    November 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Micheal

    it's conrad murray!!!! working his way thru med school!!!

    November 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jeff Wilson

    Are they seriously saying they have no idea who he is??

    Did they not keep credits in the actor scripts back in the 70's? Not sure I believe that.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  28. Wheredego

    Where are the people in your neighborhood?

    November 15, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  29. Matt

    Has anyone checked IMDB?

    November 15, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Wilson

      It probably would not be on IMDB only because this episode was never aired.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  30. Shawn Myers

    Reddit is helping.

    Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/m7g6k/reddit_we_lost_something_can_you_help_sesame/

    November 15, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  31. Honestly

    Based on the picture they provided, he appears to be in his 30's, which would make is age today around 70 something. He may not even be alive. However, If he is still alive, you can only hope that he looks close to the same as he did 42 years ago. Good Luck!

    November 15, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  32. erich2112x

    Apparently he doesn't want to be found. leave the poor guy alone. Oh, by the way, does anyone remember Morgan Freeman way back when he was on "The Electric company", ? I'd ask Morgan. I'd bet anything he'll know where to find him.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  33. Badass kitty

    u r all idiotas

    November 15, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  34. Laureth

    Finally, vindication. For years I told people there was more than one actor to play Gordon on Sesame Street and no one believed me.

    Hope they find the guy from the pilot.

    November 15, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  35. John Grafski

    I seen him at Occupy Sesame Street movement.

    November 15, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  36. Emy

    U guys re all jokers

    November 15, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  37. Name

    Isn't that will smith? He played that movie Snakes On A Plane!

    November 15, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  38. Paul

    Isn't that Shaft?

    November 15, 2011 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  39. Synapse

    When they find Mr. Orman... I hope they'll start looking for the original "Big Newt."

    November 15, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  40. CanUtellMeHowToGet..

    I like the look in ernies bathtub post! Lol going to be giggling on that one 4 awhile..

    November 15, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  41. pretty brown eyes

    Get it straight... NOT Hal Miller, NOT Matt Robinson and NOT Roscoe Orman... Keep looking people!

    November 15, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  42. F75

    Looks like Tim Meadows aka The Ladies Man

    November 15, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  43. GG

    its no wonder he is hiding

    November 14, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  44. The Real Gordon

    Maybe he was mad that Big Bird was making more money and abruptly quit leavig no trace.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  45. lisa

    How can people be so rude and inconsiderate? it just doesnt make since to me. i grew up watching sesame street and so have my 3 boys and all of my cousins. I pray that they are able to find this mystery Gordon or at least information about him. Good luck on the search for Gordon!!!

    November 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  46. prissy

    He selling dope down on 14th Street in DC

    November 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      How come they didn't air the pilot?? Were they not satisfied with his performance?

      November 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      It's pretty common for new TV shows to produce pilots that will never air. They're made to show to test audiences or to executives, to get feedback on whether or not the show has ratings potential. This particular pilot was only shown to some focus groups of children.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  47. GG

    Lol what a nerd!!!

    November 14, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Anthony

    Have people forgotten how to read? The article says, and I quote "Roscoe Orman is best known as playing that role since the show's sixth season." The person that is being looked for is the man who played the role of Gordon on the unaired pilot, 6 years BEFORE Roscoe Orman took over the role. Please comprehend and understand what you're reading before posting on message boards.

    November 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  49. GG

    Im still laughin at the mysterie solver from facebook

    November 14, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  50. mejazzbo

    Wasn't he KIA in Viet Nam. No, that was the Beaver Cleaver.

    November 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Ian

    Isn't that OJ in the picture?

    November 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Mad Mardigain

    Lets hope he didn't start hanging with Jim Jones.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  53. kevin

    Wouldn't it be funny if his name really was Gordon? I mean, Bob=Bob, Luis=Luis ... sure, not all actors and characters share the same name on SS, but neither would it be unprecedented.

    I hope they find him. They could have a Battle Royale between all the Gordons.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Actually that's not a bad place to start. If he was the first, and the other characters are named after the actors that play them, perhaps Gordon was first played by someone named Gordon.

      November 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Groucho

    He's probably in a crack house somewhere.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  55. missmurphy286

    Holly Robinson-Peete said her dad played Gordon. I do believe he may have passed away though.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Tim

    They want to find him and remind him he missed out on forty years of a steady paycheck.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Ivonne

    Funny how fast I found Mr. Orman on Facebook, plus he has a website to contact him http://www.roscoeorman.com/

    I emailed the sesames.org and Mr. Orman.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • pretty brown eyes

      Haaha... Sorry sweetie you did wrong! That is not the one they were looking for! Orman and Robinson played Gordon but they are looking for ANOTHER guy that played him ONCE. Don't be suprised if no one emails you back!

      November 14, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • toddrf

      reading comprehension fail

      November 15, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • oj

      wow. that's bad. read..

      November 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  58. GG

    If thats the case imagine how many fake gordons

    November 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  59. GG

    people calm down...maybe he doest want to be Found..

    November 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Smith

      Chances are good this actor has passed away. PBS should check its 1969 payroll records to see if this guy was ever paid for appearing in the unaired test pilot episode. Otherwise, their only hope is if a family member comes forward.

      November 15, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  60. Candace

    They should have a cash reward for anyone who gives correct information leading to this guy's whereabouts. Only then would I spend time lending help to a billion dollar empire like sesame street.

    November 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eli

      You can always tell who the stupid greedy ones are. You want a reward cause your not going to help some billion dollar empire, I want you as a friend, you sound very thoughtful and helpful

      November 15, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  61. GG

    I wonder on what gordon overdosed on...check death records

    November 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  62. ryan

    Unbelievable the comments on here. They are looking for someone who was supposed to be "Gordon" and no one knows where he is at and everyone on here is making jokes. As to Shingo, why can't they have a reunion? Just because Mr Hooper is dead, there are others who can go. You don't stop having family reunions because Granny died or whatever.
    And to those who are saying that they "found" Roscoe Orman, THIS IS NOT HIM!! This is the guy who was filmed for the original unaired show, not the one now. READ the article and understand.
    Seasame Street is somehting I grew up on, and my daughter watched it and was counting to 15 by the time she was 2. I'm sorry if people think this is funny but they are looking for someone who was almost part of television history and apparently no one knows who or where he is. Where is his family and friends?

    November 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soljagurl

      @ Ryan.... they are being a$$e$....it is serious. His name was Matt Robinson. He was Holly Robinson Peete's father. He passed in 2002...

      November 15, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  63. ShingoEX

    "Could it be that the show wants to put together a reunion of everyone who participated in that first episode they ever shot?"

    Impossible, unless you want do exhume the corpses of people like Mr. Hooper.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |


    November 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • pretty brown eyes

      brilliant genious, you found the one the are NOT looking for. Keep looking!

      November 14, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Missy

    Hey Elvis- haven't seen you around the Waffle House lately! Where ya been?

    November 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Missy

    @Fred- He's you baby's daddy? Interesting?!!!!!!

    November 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  67. @elvis

    Little moody today ?

    November 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  68. wildone

    Hint: Look in Ernie's bath tub.

    November 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Sharon Dobkin

    Is that Holly Robinson Peete's father??

    November 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  70. LeRoy

    I don't know about the guy in the photo, but the current "Gordon" used to be on AMC where he played a pimp...LOL

    November 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  71. TJ

    They should check to see if he's registered with SAG (Screen Actors Guild).

    November 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  72. JJLamb

    They need to check with the agents who were working New York TV at the time. Someone sent him to the audition. Someone cast him. there have to be call sheets. I mean really...check with AFTRA. I assume he got paid. check the payroll...hell, check with the IRS,

    November 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack A**

      Well thank God you solved it for them. I'm sure they never thought of any of that! No need for anyone else to keep looking now. You have all of the answers no one else has!!

      November 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • horse fox fish

      yeah jive turkey.

      November 15, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      I'm sure the could just do a quick search of their computer records from the early 60's....... :/

      November 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  73. @elvis


    November 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  74. @elvis

    Do you hand with hoffa too ?

    November 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Elvis

    What do you mean you can't find Roscoe (Gordon), he's been hanging out with me and we're going to play golf today.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • LL

      They can't find the nameless man in the picture who played Gordon BEFORE Roscoe. All the article said is that Roscoe is the most well-known Gordon on Sesame Street.

      November 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I think this guy was homeless, living on the street until a youtube video made him famous. Now he does Mac and Cheese voiceover ads

      November 15, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      One of the "L"s in LL's name must stand for "literal".

      November 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  76. portalpunk

    FIRSTY to see this man from Sesame Street

    November 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • MMallon

      Pretty hilarious, dogma.

      November 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Robinson_(actor), Is this who you are looking for?

      November 14, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • LMA

      There is a Roscoe Orman on Facebook that lists his job as an actor and child's advocate: http://www.facebook.com/#!/roscoe.orman If they are looking, I don't think they are looking very hard. This took 5 seconds.

      November 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • pretty brown eyes

      Nah you all, Robinson and Orman were the others that played Gordon. They are looking for one that played him once!

      November 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      I seen him! He was in The Ladie's Man.

      November 15, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • lordshipmayhem

      Very good, LMA, but this is not the Gordon they're looking for. Apparently the Gordon they're looking for is in another castle. Roscoe Orman has been playing the role of Gordon for years; they're looking for the actor who played Gordon just once, in the pilot back in the 1960's, and never since.

      November 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lise Quinn


      "In 1982, Robinson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He continued
      to work, however, contributing scripts to Captain Kangaroo
      and becoming producer and head writer for The
      Cosby Show . He made a rare return to the camera
      in the 1990 episode "Cliff's Nightmare", which featured Muppet guest
      stars. In 2002, Robinson died at the age of 65.

      November 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |

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