|Roscoe Orman as Gordon in 2011|
|PERFORMER||Garrett Saunders (test pilots)|
|Matt Robinson Seasons 1-3|
|Hal Miller Seasons 4-5|
|Roscoe Orman Season 6-|
Gordon Robinson is one of the original residents of Sesame Street, having debuted in the first episode along with his wife Susan. Originally working as a history teacher (as mentioned in All About Sesame Street) after serving in the army (as he mentions in Episode 0950), Gordon later became a science teacher.
Gordon and Susan reside at 123 Sesame Street and, in 1985, the couple adopted a son, Miles. Gordon was conceived as a strong paternal character and a role model for African American children who lacked a positive father figure. Like many of the other Sesame Street adults, however, Gordon has transcended across the board to appeal to children of all races. Though friendly and kind, Gordon is the most likely of the Sesame Street adults to offer firm admonishment when the situation requires. Gordon has also appeared in both Sesame Street films, Follow That Bird (where he played a key role in rescuing Big Bird) and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. In 2004, Gordon developed a recurring alter-ego, Trash Gordon, in bedtime stories told by Oscar to Slimey.
Since season 46 in 2016, Gordon has been phased out of the show, only appearing in a cameo at the top of Episode 4629 and in reused material from previous seasons. However, Gordon has reappeared sporadically outside of the series, most prominently in two read-along web videos in 2018, reading We're Different, We're the Same in one. He also appeared with cast members old and new in Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration. His nephew Chris, introduced in 2007, continues to appear on the show.
Though the characterization of Gordon has remained consistent, the casting has not, with three different performers taking the role in the series proper. Roscoe Orman recalled the difficulties with passing on the role: "The kids who were on the show that first season would not accept me as Gordon. One day there's Hal [Miller] as Gordon and the next day there's this new guy who says he's Gordon... the kids, both on the show and at home... they just assume that we are that person we're playing."
Around 1991, Gordon's surname was revealed in a storyline that involved Gordon teaching in the classroom, and the students couldn't address their teacher as "Gordon." Orman suggested "Mr. Robinson," in honor of the original Gordon, Matt Robinson. Gordon was named after photographer-filmmaker Gordon Parks.
- According to Episode 1444, Gordon and Susan first met in Paw Paw, Michigan (the town where Loretta Long, who plays Susan, hails from).
- Sesame Street
- Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
- Don't Eat the Pictures
- Follow That Bird
- Sesame Street, Special
- Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting
- Big Bird's Favorite Party Games
- Sesame Street Visits the Hospital
- Sesame Street Visits the Fire House
- Elmo Saves Christmas
- The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
- Elmo's World: Happy Holidays!
- The Street We Live On
- What's the Name of That Song?
- Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce
- Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration
- Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism
- The Power of We
- Big Bird's Blunder Book (1972)
- Gordon of Sesame Street Storybook (1972)
- Big Bird's Birthday Party (1972)
- The Sesame Street Block Party Coloring Book (1977)
- The Sesame Street Library Volume 11
- I'll Miss You, Mr. Hooper
- Susan and Gordon Adopt a Baby
- It's Not Fair!
- Grover's Bad Dream