Gordon is a fixture on Sesame Street, having been there from the very beginning.
A strong male role model, he is married to Susan and father of Miles. Susan and Gordon have been happily married for many years, providing a good example of a successful and united family.
Gordon is a caring and competent man, who is sometimes firm but is also soft and gentle. Gordon loves sports and music, and he gives good advice; he's the guy to talk to if something is bothering you.
In Season 17, Gordon and Susan adopted their little boy, Miles, who was played by Roscoe Orman's real-life son, Miles. Miles Orman played the role until he was seven years old. Olamide Faison took over the role in Season 34.
A born and bred New Yorker, Orman studied at Circle in the Square Theatre School and Manhattan School of Music, debuting onstage with the Next Stage Theatre Company in 1962. He was originally an elementary school teacher, and then became a high school teacher before his acting career began.
Orman has worked on many television shows, including All My Children, Kojak, and Sanford and Son. His film work includes the title role in the 1974 film Willie Dynamite.
His acting repertoire has also extended to Broadway, where he appeared in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning play Fences.
Orman joined the Sesame Street cast in 1973. He is the third actor to play Gordon; Matt Robinson had the role from 1969 to 1971, and Hal Miller from 1971 to 1973. Besides his main role, Orman has performed several other roles and done other voices, including those of Trash Gordon and Hardhead Henry Harris.