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Remembering Matt Robinson: August 5, 2002

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Aug 6, 2002.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Matt Robinson, a writer for the 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show" and the first actor to play kindly neighbor Gordon on the children's show "Sesame Street," died in his sleep Monday after a 20-year struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was 65.

    Robinson began his show-business career in 1963 as a writer, producer and on-air talent at TV station WCAU in Philadelphia.

    In 1969, he took the role of Gordon on the PBS children's program "Sesame Street" and also performed the voice of purple-faced puppet Roosevelt Franklin. Robinson remained with the show until 1971.

    Robinson went on to produce and write the films "Save The Children" (1973) and "Amazing Grace" (1974). He also wrote several plays.

    As a television writer, he penned scripts for "Sanford and Son" and "Eight is Enough."

    He joined with fellow Philadelphia native Bill Cosby in 1983 as a staff writer and producer for the comedian's NBC family sitcom "The Cosby Show."

    Though impaired muscle coordination from his Parkinson's disorder made work difficult at times, Robinson remained with the show for seven seasons.

    Courtesy of Yahoo News

  2. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member


    Atleast we got to see some Great times with him on Sesame Street !

    Thanks Matt !
  3. TravellingMatt

    TravellingMatt New Member

    I wasn't born yet when Matt Robinson played Gordon, but I have seen him on Noggin reruns and he was VERY cool. I wonder if Sesame Street will do something to remember him. It's only fair, seeing as how he *was* a member of the original cast. He was probably also responsible for Dr. Cosby's long association with the show (i.e. his appearances on the show in its early years and hosting the 20th anniversary special).
  4. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Member

    Sad news. At least it sounds like he went peacefully. A very talented individual who will be missed.

    While I'm sure Sesame Workshop will remember him in their own way, I don't think it would be appropriate to do something on the show. The kids watching today would not know him and would be confused. Sesame is always so careful to do what is good for kids, I just can't see it. Doesn't mean he isn't remembered as a valuable part of the show's history.
  5. tomahawk

    tomahawk Member

    goodbye friends

    first i hear about chick hearn and now matt robinson. may you both rest in peace.
  6. dvakman

    dvakman Member

    We'll miss You, Matt

    I didn't grow up with you, but after seeing SS Unpaved, I thought that you were perhaps the best Gordon of them all. You won't be forgotten.
  7. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    This is sad news and the irony of it is, I just saw the first episode of Sesame Street for the first time last weekend at the Museum of Television and Radio in NYC and I enjoyed Matt Robinson. He wasn't on when I started watching the show I'm only 24 but I know he was beloved by those who did grow up with his portrayal of Gordon. I'm always just bummed in general when someone associated with the Muppet legacy passes on. We've lost so many wonderful people so far. :( w/b/s Melissa
  8. Jackie

    Jackie New Member

    I saw him on Noggin, and I'm glad i got to know the very first Gordon. :)
  9. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    Sesame Street, one of my favorite childhood memories

    This is pretty tragic. The only clip I saw Matt on was the first episode of sesame street, which was when him and the little girl ran into Big Bird. I've never seen many of his Roosevelt Franklin skits (or poems and songs).
  10. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt New Member

    Sad news...

    We'll miss you!

    What makes it worse is, I knew he was very sick with Parkinson's, and he wouldn't be around much longer. His daughter, actress Holly Robinson Peete, along with her husband (NFL quarterback Rodney Peete) support the causes for finding a cure for Parkinson's.

    - Billy :cool:
  11. sidcrowe

    sidcrowe New Member

    Thank you for the story, Phil.

    I appreciate it that you remember these nice people.
  12. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Sad news indeed, but I never realized how extensive Matt's post-Sesame career was. Thanks for posting this item Philip.
  13. Ol' Buddy Bert

    Ol' Buddy Bert New Member

    Thank you for the posting this sad news, Phil.

    Mr. Robinson will be remembered fondly by many, including myself.
  14. Cantus Rock

    Cantus Rock New Member

    :( Another great passes on. Truely horrible news. I have always been a Cosby Show fan, now I know why it was so very funny. Matt was the first person to speak on Sesame Street and a very fun person on the show. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and may Matt Robinson be remembered by us all as being one truely magical person with a wit and sharpness that made us laugh on the sitcoms he wrote for, and a warmth and tenderness that made us smile when we saw him on Sesame Street. Peace be with him always.
  15. Joggy

    Joggy Member

    Rest in peace, Roosevelt.

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