- Matt Robinson
name = Matt Robinson
birthname = Matthew Thomas "Matt" Robnson Jr.
January 1, 1937
deathdate = death date and age|2002|8|5|1937|1|1|
Los Angeles, California
notable role = "Gordon Robinson"
Sesame Street" (TV)
spouse = Dolores Robinson
Matthew Thomas "Matt" Robinson, Jr. (
January 1, 1937– August 5, 2002) was an American actor. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniaon New Year's Day in 1937, he was the first actor to portray the character of Gordon Robinson, on the long-running children's TV program " Sesame Street". When Sesame Street began in 1969, not only did Robinson play Gordon, but he also provided the voice of the puppet Roosevelt Franklinand also was one of the show's producers. He left the show in 1972. In later years, when producers needed a last name for the Gordon character, then played by Roscoe Orman, they used Matt's last name.
He wrote and produced the films "Save the Children" and "Amazing Grace" in the early 1970s, and authored scripts for "
Sanford and Son" and " Eight Is Enough". In 1983, he joined the staff of the NBC's " The Cosby Show" as a producer and staff writer. By that time, he was beginning to show symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, but stayed with the show for seven seasons despite the difficulty; however, he ultimately succumbed to the disease on August 5, 2002in Los Angeles, Californiaat the age of 65.
He is survived by his daughter, actress
Holly Robinson Peete(" 21 Jump Street", " Hangin' with Mr. Cooper", "For Your Love"), son Matt Robinson III, his wife, Dolores Robinson, and five grandchildren.
* [http://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/308-matt-robinson Matt Robinson Charity]
* [http://origin.www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2002/08/08/gordon080802.html Obituary at cbc.ca]
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