Bob McGrath, ’54

Photo of Bob McGrath on the set of Sesame Street
Credit: Photo by the Sesame Workshop

At the start of 1969, BOB MCGRATH, ’54, was a classically trained vocalist with network TV appearances and international tours to his name. A chance reunion with U-M fraternity brother and former “Captain Kangaroo” producer Dave Connell, ’55, MA’56, brought the premise of a new children’s educational show—“Sesame Street”—to McGrath’s attention. Although he initially turned down the chance to audition, McGrath became enthusiastic about the idea after watching video of the distinctive work of Jim Henson and his Muppets. McGrath successfully auditioned and became one of the four original human cast members when “Sesame Street” premiered on Nov. 10, 1969. He enjoyed an on-screen presence for 45 seasons.

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