Paris, 2022-03-10 21:17:46. Emilio Delgado, from ‘Sesame Street’, dies at 81
Emilio Delgado, who spent more than 40 years entertaining generations of kids playing Fix-It store owner Louis on “Sesame Street,” has died, according to his manager.
He was 81 years old.
“We are saddened by the news of Emilio’s passing. Emilio was a tremendous talent who brought many joys and smiles to his fans. He will be missed by many and we know his legacy will live on. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his wife Carol,” Robert Atterman, CEO of A3 Artists Agency, told CNN in a statement. .
The actor died Thursday at his home in New York City. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, in 2020, according to a report by TMZ citing his wife.
Delgado remained active in the theater, starring in “Quixote Nuevo,” a version of “Don Quixote,” before the pandemic broke out in early 2020. His extensive theatrical work included working as artistic director for the Barrio Theater in East Los Angeles.
However, he will be remembered better than the popular children’s program. Delgado pointed to the importance of PBS as a cultural touchstone in the way people of color are portrayed on television.
“For the first time on TV, they showed Latinos as real human beings,” Delgado told the Houston Chronicle in 2020. “We weren’t addicted to steroids. We weren’t maids or whores, which is how he appeared to us on TV and in the movies. Here, on Sesame Street, There were different people speaking different languages and eating fun foods, and they were all American.”
“A beloved Sesame family member for more than 50 years, his warmth and sense of humor has invited children to share a friendship that has resonated across generations,” Sesame Workshop said of Delgado in a statement to CNN. At the forefront of acting, Emilio proudly announced the “record for the longest-running Mexican-American role in a television series.” We are so grateful that he has shared his talents with us and the world.”
After “Sesame Street”, Delgado appeared in series such as “Law and Order”, and at the beginning of his career in the dramas “Le Grant” and “Falcon Crest”. He also co-starred in the 1975 TV movie I Won’t Fight Anymore Forever, a true story about Native American leader Nez Perce Chief Joseph.
Delgado was born in Calexico, California, but was raised by his grandparents on the other side of the US-Mexico border in Mexicali.
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