Oh my gosh! While several Broadway folk are listed as extras for that Sock Snatcher bit, the Sock Snatcher himself is... Richard Libertini! Great character actor (Geezil in the Popeye film, tons of TV) but also a frequent Broadway performer, which no doubt explains it (at the time he was off-Broadway in Love's Labor's Lost). After falling flat on my face (literally) on stage tonight, this was a nice surprise.
Probably because he would have counted as a celeb guest, not an extra. The most interesting folks in that extra list are Jeff Blumenkrantz (tons of Broadway, you can see his 1989 headshot here) and Yancey Arias (TV mainly).
Some more research results: Can't find any visuals for Noel Twitchell; unless there's another older actor in the scene, at a guess I'd say the bearded guy since his career dated to 1964. He came from Utah (and worked on several Mormon stage projects and one of those LDS animated Bible videos) but by 1991 was in New York and mainly a set builder/stagehand (and a linkedin lists him as an NBC electrician). So he could have been hired as an extra *or* been doing crew work and just used. (Peter Michaud might be the same as a relatively younger stage actor in New Hampshire, which would make him the guy next to Blumenkrantz, but not sure from the visualevidence, could be different guy with same name).
Antoinette Greene is probably this lady. If there's an older woman in the scene, "Faye Greenbaum" *might* be Fay Greenbaum, who did translation and interpretive work for NY stage shows working from the Russian and is probably the same Fay Greenbaum in the 1988 TV movie Lincoln. More work needed there. Carmen Bonafont turns up a small part actress in one 1996 TV movie and a 1998 indie flick (both shot in NY, so promising, but both also inaccessible) and a Carmen Bonafont who's a musician born and living in Barcelona (so definitely not her). Zilch on Michelle Speer.
Dr. Marzullo, comparing with her appearance in 1973's film of Godspell, it's doubtful it's Lynne Thigpen (though I can see the resemblance and there's definitely an earlier appearance from her on Sesame somewhere, from her 1979 Playbill bio). The folks on Facebook or wherever it was suggesting it was Madge Sinclair are also wrong (thanks to a 1972 short on the Salem witch trials which prominently features Sinclair).
ETA: Antoinette Green's IBDbPro resume, while some is obscured or inaccessible to non-subscribers, shows "Sesame Street/day player," confirming she's the one.
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Hey man, are you still working on that article about commerce on Sesame Street? The episode where Maria gets hired at the Fix-It Shop has a sequence where Big Bird and a kid walk out with items that have been fixed on the spot, but they don't pay.
In contrast to another episode guide I recently did (I forget which, I'll have to look it up) where David tricks Dr. Nobel Price (I think) into paying for something he scammed David out of in Hooper's Store.
Great find! Things have reached the really hectic stage (under three weeks and still no place to mnove to) but I still want to make that Wiki article (possibly reworking some stuff from my Kermit Culture piece) one day. It's nice to observe those occasions where money actually changes hands, as opposed to being ignored or treated just as an opportunity for counting or showing circles.
Speaking of which, didn't the wiki use to have a page about instances of spending/charging money on Sesame Street, even if it was just a sandbox page? I recall looking for it a few months back and, not entirely remembering the title, couldn't find any such page (and I looked in both sandbox and categories I would have expected them to be in, as well as "what links here" from images and pages I expected it to link from, not really remembering if we had images there).
Episode 0036 has Big Bird trying to raise money after eating food without realizing he was supposed to pay for it, and I recall that season one has another episode where Oscar looks for a job so he can make money to buy something for his grouch friends.
I thought we had one too, but maybe we've just talked about it so much I created the memory in my head. There's Communism and Capitalism, but I know Andrew has had Commerce on the mind over the years, too.
I'm not sure if this is exactly what you're seeking for a commerce article, but another good example could come from Episode 0013. Particularly Scene 1 and Scene 2, the latter with Mr. Hooper explaining how a store works to Big Bird. Video reference, should start at Scene 2.
I wonder if the ending of Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art should warrant a mention. At the end, Bob says he's so proud of Cookie Monster for not eating the pictures that he can have anything he wants for breeakfast, which I take to mean Bob is agreeing/offering to pay for Cookie's food, though to a kid, it could be seen as a parent letting their kid eat anything they want.
Now I remember seeing this (thanks for the video link), and the name of the background music is 'Corn on the Keys' by Johnny Pearson, which was also used not only in some NFL Films clips, but also another Sesame Street clip from the 1970's which I hope to see again sometime - a time-lapse film demonstrating 'beginning' and 'end' with kids waiting in line at a movie theater.
Impossible for it to be DeVito (as a comparison would show, not to mention height), and if you meant Canadian actor Al Waxman, not him either. This will take direct comparison (in a directory say) or recognizing clearly the same person in another project.
OK, Andrew, thanks. Those were just two names to come to my mind upon initially looking at the man's face. However, I hope I was 'spot on' with the name of the clip's background music and the other clips where that piece was used. Thanks again.
I added the word "altogether" to the Bob page in order to illustrate that his removal from the show was an intensification of his role having been diminished. I would have appreciated it if you had given consideration to the likely thought process behind my edit before you reverted it; it's what I try to do when I edit.
"Phased out" means that in itself. Altogether (which also follows a clause about "most of the other humans" so not just about Bob) isn't really necessary there. At least I still don't understand why it would be, which is what I said in my summary. That was the consideration I gave it.
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No instant recognition, and while he sort of seems vaguely familiar, it may just be the type (balding, moustachioed professional with light accent). 1979 is outside the years of the Academy Players directories I use for a lot of this stuff (1962 and 1989; I checked 89 just in case, he's not there, but Edouard DeSoto is). They don't always list people who worked mainly or only in NY anyway (basically depending on if that person thought it worthwhile to be listed).
I'll pass on an image to some of my fellow TV researchers who screengrab supporting players (it's worked before), and there's one other possibility: Playbill.com's Vault, with scanned playbills for almost every show, since as we've seen a lot of Broadway folk have been used for the one-time roles. You can look by season (chronologically by show opening), so I'm seeing if his picture or even a bio mentioning Sesame gives a lead. Downside is since it's scans, it's not text searchable so it can be a slog (and if they were just off-Broadway, not included). I've already ruled out 1979, but did find that Lynn Thigpen bio I mentioned on Facebook, from 1979's But Never Jam Today (Alice in Wonderland with an African-American cast):
That places her earlier Sesame spot somewhere between 69 and 79.
And.... guess what. We have his name already! I found Gonzalo Madurga in a 1979 playbill listing Sesame Street (for the musical Carmelina, his only Broadway show), but trying to confirm, he returned in Episode 1399, where he's listed as Dr. Sanchez. So on one you had images but no name, and on the other names and no images.
P.S. I don't know if it's feasible, but right now it might be worth tracking pages like that which ID guest actors but either redlinked or unlinked (I'm pretty sure "Don Moore" in Episode 0637 is Donald C. Moore, who was in Fiddler on the Roof at the time and did some NY TV like The Adams Chronicles which I have on DVD, before relocating for part of the eighties to Canada, appearing with Raul Julia in Overdrawn at the Memory Bank.)
Also, any writer info on those? May not matter, but in 2000, Madurga (still active but now based out of Florida) was in a new play by Luis Santeiro, so mildly curious if he scripted those.
But nice catch on the actor! They don't always cite the actors in these small parts. Would it be helpful to you if we made a sandbox page or such collecting them as we come across them?
I keep forgetting we had the Daffy Duck page due to a comic book mention, so it would be nice to repay the favor (there's that and episode 1247). It looks like most of the same 0596 comics were used in Episode 1232 (or rather, Episode 0954); it's clearly the same Pink Panther but part of Heckle and Jeckle's cover looks doctored this time round.
Also, in the "screengrabbed but forgot to mark the episode" department, there's this Betty Boop furniture toy inside Hooper's (from one of that batch of episodes on YouTube with the time code text all over, obviously), in case you should run across it (they usually changed up the comic displays, but that's the kind of prop that might conceivably be in more than one episode).