Emilio Delgado, who captured the hearts of children and adults alike for more than 40 years as Luis on “Sesame Street”, is dead.
His death at the age of 81 was confirmed to the Post by a Sesame Workshop representative.
“A beloved member of the Sesame family for over 50 years, his warmth and humor invited children to share in a friendship that will reverberate through generations,” the rep said in a statement.
“At the pinnacle of representation, Emilio proudly laid claim to the record for the longest-running role by a Mexican in a television series.
“We are so grateful that he shared his talents with us and the world.”
The actor, singer and voice actor’s wife, Carole Delgado, said TMZ that her husband had been battling blood cancer for the past few years and died surrounded by his family in NYC. The Post has asked its representative for confirmation.
Delgado – also a stage actor who appeared in several productions of “Sesame Street” – reportedly worked in a theatrical production of “Quixote Nuevo” until his death.
The Mexican-American actor first became a household name when he played Luis — the singing owner of the neighborhood “Fix-It Shop” — on the long-running children’s television show in 1971.
He stayed in the series until 2016 but continued to perform at conventions for the show. He has also appeared on numerous other television shows over the years, including Quincy ME, Falcon Crest, Lou Grant, Law & Order, Person of Interest, and House of Cards.
Delgado was born on the California side of the US-Mexico border and grew up in Mexico with his grandparents. he told the Houston Chronicle in 2020. He worked in a real repair shop and repaired bikes. When his family moved to Los Angeles, he picked up trombone and drums, and later pursued singing and acting, landing his first major gig on the Mexican-American soap opera Cancion de la Raza while also serving as a voice actor was active.
When he was hired to play Luis, he took the opportunity to improve the way Latinos were portrayed on television.
“I’ve been trying my entire professional life to be in a place where I can change that, whether it’s talking about it or trying to get into a project that shows Latinos in a good light,” he told the Chronicle . “That’s why ‘Sesame Street’ was such a good thing. For the first time on television, they showed Latinos as real people.
“We weren’t drug addicts. We weren’t maids or prostitutes like we were portrayed on TV in the film,” he added.
“Here on ‘Sesame Street,’ there were different people who spoke different languages and ate interesting foods, and they were all Americans.”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/10/emilio-delgado-luis-on-sesame-street-dead-at-81/ Emilio Delgado, Luis from Sesame Street, has died at 81