Robert Townsend as Speedy van Gough

Robert Townsend (b. 1957) is an actor who starred in the TV series The Parent 'Hood as well as the films The Meteor Man (with Bill Cosby) and A Soldier's Story (with Denzel Washington and David Alan Grier).

In Episode 2923 of Sesame Street, Townsend played a character named "Speedy Van Gough" who was commissioned to paint the mural on the side of Hooper's Store. Everyone had a different opinion on what it should be about, so he combined everyone's ideas to create the final piece.

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