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DEBUT 1979


Osvaldo and Gabriel Velez

Osvaldo, el Gruñón (Oswald the Grouch) is a Grouch who lives in Puerto Rico. He first appeared in the Season 11 premiere of Sesame Street, voiced by Norberto Kerner and puppeteered by Bob Payne.[1]

After the week of shows in Puerto Rico, he re-appeared in Episode 1325, where he visited Oscar in New York, and then in Episode 1443, where he becomes an air steward for a Grouch airline. He continued to make recurring appearances over the next few seasons. In some episodes (including Episode 1682), it was established that Osvaldo had a pet dog named Peligro.

In Episode 2003 (1985), Gabriel Velez performed the character for a street scene.[2] In his latest appearance in Episode 3258, he was performed by Peter Linz.[3]

The Osvaldo puppet has the ability to move his eyes, and later was used as a background Grouch, sans nose as well as other Grouch characters (including Worby, Dr. Kvetch, Harry Bellagrouchy, and Spill O'Reilly). The puppet also appeared among the Sesame Street gang in A Muppet Family Christmas and Follow That Bird (used as Osvaldo and some background Grouches).

Episodic appearances


  • In some books and scripts featuring the character, his name is spelled as "Oswaldo" instead.

Book appearances


See also