Godfrey Cambridge with director St. Clair Bourne, filming a Sesame Street insert

Godfrey Cambridge (1933-1976) was a comedian and actor.

He appeared on Sesame Street in a 1971 film insert, demonstrating the word TELEPHONE on a booth.[1] He also appeared on a 1974 episode of Good Evening, Good Morning in a skit with Oscar the Grouch.

Cambridge was a popular stand-up comedian who made himself familiar on the TV variety show circuit. He co-starred with James Coburn in the satire The President's Analyst (1967) and starred in the 1970 film Watermelon Man (as a bigoted white salesman who turns black). Other films include Friday Foster, Beware! The Blob (as the first victim), The Busy Body (with Sid Caesar and Richard Pryor), and Cotton Comes to Harlem.

Outside of talk and variety series, Cambridge made guest appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Spy, Night Gallery, Love, American Style, and Car 54, Where Are You? On Broadway, he earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor for his role in Purlie Victorious (1961, written by and starring Ossie Davis).


  1. Jet. October 7. 1971. p. 37

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