From the Publisher
The face is instantly recognizable to millions of Sesame Street viewers who have grown up with Gordon, the on air personality who has offered comfort and friendly guidance to two generations of children. Roscoe Orman, who has portrayed this beloved character for thirty-two years, is now the author of Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of an Actor.
As important as his presence on this classic childrens television program are Mr. Ormans ongoing contributions to theater during his forty-year professional career. His acting credentials are impressive and he, along with Ossie Davis, Morgan Freeman and untold numbers of other black actors helped define Black Theater as we now know it.
A strong element of Sesame Street Dad is Ormans belief in honing the onstage and film personification of the black male, reestablishing the concepts of honor and integrity. His appearance on Sesame Street as a trustworthy friend to children places him at the forefront of this "movement," his image being emblematic for trust, honesty and friendship for millions of Americans.
The actor continues to appear on Sesame Street and because of its favorable filming schedule is able to continue his acting career at the same time. He remains very involved with the Black Theater scene and is currently appearing in a one-man play, The Confessions of Stepin Fetchit. He has appeared in countless other plays, films, and Sesame Street outreach programs all over the United States and has just completed a short feature film entitled, Twilights Last Gleaming.
Sesame Street Dad features a number of photographs that profile some of the highlights from Ormans career, many from his early years on the stage. There are also photos with a wide variety of guests from Sesame Street that include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Denzel Washington, Gregory Hines, Lily Tomlin, B.B. King, Julianne Moore, Yolanda King, Gordon Parks the list goes on.
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About the Author
A multi-faceted performer with over forty years of experience as an actor and entertainer in theater, film and television, Roscoe Ormans career, particularly as the beloved "Gordon Robinson" on TVs most highly acclaimed childrens program Sesame Street
, has touched literally millions of people the world over. Orman studied acting at Circle In The Square Theatre School and singing at the Manhattan School of Music. An early member of the Free Southern Theater in the mid-1960s, he toured throughout the South for two years and was also a founding member of Harlem, New Yorks famed New Lafayette Theatre from 1967 to 1972. As an award-winning theater actor, he has performed in over 50 productions on the stages of Broadway, off-Broadway, regional, and repertory theaters across the country.
Orman made his film debut in the title role of Universal Pictures Willie Dynamite
in 1973 and has also appeared in Follow That Bird
, Striking Distance
, New Jersey Drive
, Full Court Press
, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
, and Twilights Last Gleaming
, his most recent film project. In addition to the multiple Emmy Award-winning Sesame Street
, television audiences have seen him on such programs as Sanford and Son
, All My Children
, Hard Time on Planet Earth
, A Man Called Hawk
, Law and Order
, and Sex and the City
. A busy voice-over artist, Orman has narrated and/or hosted such documentaries as Langston Hughes: The Dreamkeeper
for PBS, Heritage of the Black West
for National Geographic, Lifeline
for the Discovery Channel, and Images in Black and White
Mr. Orman has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean with his Gordon of Sesame Street
concerts and with Matt Robinsons one-character play, The Confessions of Stepin Fetchit
. He is a board member at Luna Stage where he also teaches acting.