Actress and comedian Ruth Buzzi is best known for her comedic appearances on Laugh-In and That Girl. She appeared on Alice and also had a role on NBC's daytime soap Passions. In 2006 and 2007, she guest starred on the children's show Come on Over.
Prior to her work on Sesame Street, Annette Calud starred in Miss Saigon on Broadway.
Savion Glover, who portrayed Savion, made his Broadway debut as a child, playing the lead in The Tap Dance Kid. Glover won a Tony Award in 1996 for choreographing the smash hit Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, in which he also starred, and has acted in major films including Jelly's Last Jam and Spike Lee's Bamboozled.
Michael Jeter was an acclaimed actor who brought emotion and humor to his work. In 1990 Jeter won both an Emmy for his work on the TV show Evening Shade and a Tony for his performance in the Broadway musical Grand Hotel. His film credits include The Green Mile, The Fisher King, and Patch Adams. Jeter passed away in 2003.
Will Lee began his career in experimental, political theater. After serving in World War II, he continued to pursue an acting career on stage and screen. He also spent a number of years as an acting instructor. Lee, a member of the original Sesame Street cast, died suddenly in 1982. The death of his beloved character was discussed openly in a poignant Thanksgiving episode.
Kermit Love, one of the original Muppet designers, has given many of the Muppets their distinctive appearances. He designed Big Bird's costume, based on Jim Henson's original concept for the puppet, and also created Snuffleupagus.
Winner of a Tony Award for his work on Broadway, McCutcheon also appeared in a number of television series and several feature films, including Steel Magnolias. He died in 2002 at the age of seventy-seven.
A folk singer and songwriter, Sainte-Marie wrote many of the songs she performed on Sesame Street. She has also written music recorded by the likes of music greats Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, and Neil Diamond. In 1982, she won an Academy Award for "Up Where We Belong," the memorable theme song from An Officer and a Gentleman.
Bove joined Sesame Street in 1971, becoming a full-time cast member in 1977. In addition to other roles on television and stage, she has been active in creating opportunities for other deaf actors. Bove was a founding member of the National Theatre of the Deaf in 1963, and in 1991, co-founded DeafWest, a resident sign-language theater, with her husband.
Calloway joined Sesame Street in 1972 and remained a cast member until 1989. In addition to playing David, Calloway was also the voice behind Same-Sound Brown, a Muppet with a talent for rhyming. Calloway had a long career performing on and off Broadway, starring in The Me Nobody Knows and Pippin, among others shows. He died in 1990.
Olamide Faison joined the Sesame Street cast in 2003, the third actor to play Miles. In addition to his work in television, film, and commercials, the multi-talented Faison is also the lead singer and guitarist for the Universal/Motown group Imajin.
Bill Irwin's broad range of theater experience includes not only acting, but also writing and choreographing. The winner of a Tony and other prestigious awards, Irwin has appeared in numerous Broadway and off Broadway shows, as well as feature films. In addition to Sesame Street, his television credits include Northern Exposure, Saturday Night Live, and The Cosby Show.
Chet O'Brien worked as a Broadway dancer in the 1930s before moving into stage management. He was Sesame Street's floor manager for more than ten years, working alongside his twin brother, Mortimer "Snooks" O'Brien, who was the show's stage manager. In their youth, the brothers performed together as a vaudeville dance act.
When she left Sesame Street, actress and singer Alaina Reed didn't have to move far. Her new show, 227, shared a set with Sesame Street. In fact, the front steps of the 227 apartment building were the stairs next to Oscar the Grouch's trash can! Reed has appeared in stage productions on and off Broadway. Her film credits include Death Becomes Her and Cruel Intentions.
Actor and writer David L. Smyrl has worked as a staff writer on sitcoms, including Benson and The Cosby Show. In addition to Sesame Street, he has had parts on The Cosby Show and Law & Order and appeared in the feature film, The Preacher's Wife.
Lillias White earned an Emmy for her work on Sesame Street in 1992. Her screen credits include Disney's Hercules and Pieces of April. She has also appeared in numerous Broadway productions, including Once on This Island, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Chicago.