Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson

Infobox actor

name = Matt Robinson
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birthname = Matthew Thomas "Matt" Robnson Jr.
birthdate = January 1, 1937
location = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
deathdate = death date and age|2002|8|5|1937|1|1|
deathplace = Los Angeles, California
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homepage =
notable role = "Gordon Robinson"
"Sesame Street" (TV)
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spouse = Dolores Robinson

Matthew Thomas "Matt" Robinson, Jr. (January 1, 1937August 5, 2002) was an American actor. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 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 Franklin and 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, 2002 in Los Angeles, California at 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.

External links

* [ Matt Robinson Charity]
* [ Obituary at]

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