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[[File:Gordon1257.jpeg|thumb|300px|Rosoce Orman as Gordon in Season 8.]]
 
[[File:Gordon1257.jpeg|thumb|300px|Rosoce Orman as Gordon in Season 8.]]
 
[[image:Gordon2.jpg|thumb|300px|Hal Miller as Gordon.]]
 
[[image:Gordon2.jpg|thumb|300px|Hal Miller as Gordon.]]
 
[[image:Gordon1.jpg|thumb|300px|Matt Robinson as Gordon.]]
 
[[image:Gordon1.jpg|thumb|300px|Matt Robinson as Gordon.]]
 
[[File:Gordon sized.jpg|thumb|300px|(From left) Robinson, Miller, and Orman in their portrayals as Gordon.]]
 
[[File:Gordon sized.jpg|thumb|300px|(From left) Robinson, Miller, and Orman in their portrayals as Gordon.]]
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[[File:0744 Gordon beard.jpg|thumb|300px|Gordon with a beard in [[Episode 0744]].]]
 
[[File:Gordonsclass.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Telly Monster]] visits Gordon's high school science class in a 1991 episode.]]
 
[[File:Gordonsclass.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Telly Monster]] visits Gordon's high school science class in a 1991 episode.]]
   
'''Gordon Robinson''' is one of the original residents of ''[[Sesame Street]]'', having debuted in [[Episode 0001|the first episode]] along with his wife [[Susan]]. Originally a history teacher (as mentioned in the book ''[[All About Sesame Street]]''), Gordon later became a science teacher.
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'''Gordon Robinson''' is one of the original residents of ''[[Sesame Street]]'', having debuted in [[Episode 0001|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.
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Gordon and Susan reside at [[123 Sesame Street]] and, in [[Season 17 (1985-1986)|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 the Grouch|Oscar]] to [[Slimey]].
   
Gordon and Susan reside at [[123 Sesame Street]] and, in [[Season 17 (1985-1986)|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]]''. More recently, Gordon has developed a recurring alter-ego, [[Trash Gordon]], in bedtime stories told by [[Oscar the Grouch|Oscar]] to [[Slimey]].
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Since [[Season 46 (2016)|season 46]], Gordon has been phased out of the show, appearing mainly in reused material from previous seasons. He made a brief cameo at the top of [[Episode 4629]] and prominently appeared in [[Read Along Series|two read-along web videos]] in 2018, reading ''[[We're Different, We're the Same]]'' in one. He also appeared in ''[[Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration]]''. His nephew [[Chris]], introduced in 2007, continues to appear on the show.
 
Although he still appears on the show, Gordon's presence on the show has gradually diminished since [[Season 43]], appearing in only a few episodes per season. His nephew [[Chris]] has largely taken up the role of the father figure.
 
   
 
==Casting history==
 
==Casting history==
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Actor [[Garrett Saunders]] played Gordon in the series' [[Sesame Street Test Show 1|first test show]]. He was unidentified until a 2011 [[The Case of the Missing Gordon|online campaign]] launched by Sesame Workshop, seeking to identify the performer.
 
Actor [[Garrett Saunders]] played Gordon in the series' [[Sesame Street Test Show 1|first test show]]. He was unidentified until a 2011 [[The Case of the Missing Gordon|online campaign]] launched by Sesame Workshop, seeking to identify the performer.
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==Notes==
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*According to [[Episode 1444]], Gordon and Susan first met in Paw Paw, [[Michigan]].
   
 
==Filmography==
 
==Filmography==
 
 
 
*''[[Sesame Street]]''
 
*''[[Sesame Street]]''
 
*''[[Christmas Eve on Sesame Street]]''
 
*''[[Christmas Eve on Sesame Street]]''
*''[[Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art]]''
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*''[[Don't Eat the Pictures]]''
 
*''[[Follow That Bird]]''
 
*''[[Follow That Bird]]''
 
*''[[Sesame Street, Special]]''
 
*''[[Sesame Street, Special]]''
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*''[[Elmopalooza]]''
 
*''[[Elmopalooza]]''
 
*''[[The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland]]''
 
*''[[The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland]]''
*''[[Elmo's World: Happy Holidays]]''
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*''[[Elmo's World: Happy Holidays!]]''
 
*''[[The Street We Live On]]''
 
*''[[The Street We Live On]]''
 
*''[[What's the Name of That Song? (video)|What's the Name of That Song?]]''
 
*''[[What's the Name of That Song? (video)|What's the Name of That Song?]]''
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*''[[Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration]]''
   
 
==Book appearances==
 
==Book appearances==
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* ''[[Big Bird's Blunder Book]]'' (1972)
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* ''[[Gordon of Sesame Street Storybook]]'' (1972)
* ''[[Big Bird's Blunder Book]]'' (1971)
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* ''[[Big Bird's Birthday Party (book)|Big Bird's Birthday Party]]'' (1972)
 
* ''[[Sesame Street coloring books|The Sesame Street Block Party Coloring Book]]'' (1977)
 
* ''[[Sesame Street coloring books|The Sesame Street Block Party Coloring Book]]'' (1977)
* ''[[Gordon of Sesame Street Storybook]]''
 
 
* ''[[The Sesame Street Library Volume 11]]''
 
* ''[[The Sesame Street Library Volume 11]]''
 
* ''[[I'll Miss You, Mr. Hooper]]''
 
* ''[[I'll Miss You, Mr. Hooper]]''
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* ''[[Grover's Bad Dream]]''
 
* ''[[Grover's Bad Dream]]''
   
==References==
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==Sources==
 
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
 
 
*[[The Case of the Missing Gordon]]
 
*[[The Case of the Missing Gordon]]
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
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*[http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/theshow/gordon The Case of the Missing Gordon] at [[Sesamestreet.org]] and on [http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150391326119549&set=a.314049424548.149622.169731464548&type=1 Facebook]
   
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*[http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/theshow/gordon The Case of the Missing Gordon] at [[Sesamestreet.org]] and on [http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150391326119549&set=a.314049424548.149622.169731464548&type=1 Facebook]
 
 
[[Category:Sesame Street Characters]]
 
[[Category:Sesame Street Characters]]
 
[[Category:Sesame Street Human Characters]]
 
[[Category:Sesame Street Human Characters]]

Revision as of 15:57, March 11, 2020

Gordon and Oscar season 42
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-
DEBUT 1969
Gordon1257

Rosoce Orman as Gordon in Season 8.

Gordon2

Hal Miller as Gordon.

Gordon1

Matt Robinson as Gordon.

Gordon sized

(From left) Robinson, Miller, and Orman in their portrayals as Gordon.

0744 Gordon beard

Gordon with a beard in Episode 0744.

Gordonsclass

Telly Monster visits Gordon's high school science class in a 1991 episode.

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, Gordon has been phased out of the show, appearing mainly in reused material from previous seasons. He made a brief cameo at the top of Episode 4629 and prominently appeared in two read-along web videos in 2018, reading We're Different, We're the Same in one. He also appeared in Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration. His nephew Chris, introduced in 2007, continues to appear on the show.

Casting history

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."[1]

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.[2]

Actor Garrett Saunders played Gordon in the series' first test show. He was unidentified until a 2011 online campaign launched by Sesame Workshop, seeking to identify the performer.

Notes

Filmography

Book appearances

Sources

  1. Lance, Steven. Written Out of Television: A TV Lover's Guide to Cast Changes, 1945-1994. Maryland: Madison Books, 1996.
  2. Street Gang, page 168.

See also

External links

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