Roscoe Orman

the brooklyn mouth speaks with Bronx native Roscoe Orman who has played Gordon on Sesame Street for 38 years. Orman attended The High School of Art and Design where he started out in the visual arts. Spotted by a producer in a school production, he began performing Off-Broadway during his last year of high school.

Orman discusses his theater roots and his time during the 60s with the Free Southern Theater based in New Orleans, an integrated company of actors who traveled throughout the South performing plays relevant to the civil rights movement.

Roscoe Orman in a production of August Wilson's Jitney

In part 2 of the brooklyn mouth interview with Roscoe Orman he starts off discussing his musical side and talks about the challenge of portraying a real life individual like Lincoln Perry, commonly known as Stepin Fetchit. He also delves into how he approaches the character of Gordon and his evolution over the years.

Orman says he knew instantly Sesame Street was not your average kids show and goes into how its diverse cast changed the face of television.

Roscoe Orman at the Crystal Awards

In part 3 of the brooklyn mouth interview with Roscoe Orman who has played Gordon on Sesame Street for 38 years, he talks about his writing including his memoir and children’s book, Ricky and Mobo, as well as his painting.

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