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Roscoe Orman

While a student at New York's High School of Art and Design, Orman made his theatrical debut in the 1962 topical revue "If We Grow Up." He was an early member of the Free Southern Theater for two years in the mid-1960s and a founding member of Harlem, New York's New Lafayette Theatre, where he acted in and directed numerous plays. His many other stage appearances have included roles in "Julius Caesar" and "Coriolanus" at Joseph Papp's Public Theater, the Broadway production of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Fences", and Matt Robison's one-man play "The Confessions of Stepin Fetchit" at the American Place Theatre. Orman is the recipient of an Audelco Theatre Award and a five-time nominee. He made his feature film debut in the title role of Universal Studios' 1974 drama, Willie Dynamite and has also appeared in such films as F/X, Striking Distance, New Jersey Drive, Follow That Bird, Twilight's Last Gleaming,The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, and "Jeremy Fink And The Meaning of Life". His television credits include work on such shows as All My Children, Kojak, Sanford and Son, Cosby, Sex and the City, The Wire, andLaw & Order. He most recently appeared on episode 5 of the Garry Trudeau/Amazon streaming production Alpha House. In June 2006, Orman's memoir Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of An Actor was released. In September 2007, his children's book Ricky and Mobo was released. On October 8, 2008, he became the Chief Storyteller of (a service of, a website for parents, teachers, and children to connect with one another and download and listen to audiobooks oniPods, MP3 players, and computers. In his role as Chief Storyteller, Orman narrates audiobooks and communicates with children, parents and teachers online and at community, literacy and library events, lectures and conferences, and via other media to encourage the use of audiobooks to help build an interest in reading and develop literacy skills. He commented on being Chief Storyteller on October 8, 2008: “When Sesame Streetbegan, television was a new and even controversial medium. But we showed how that technology, if used correctly, could become a powerful learning tool...I see the same kind of opportunity emerging today as parents and educators increasingly view iPods with skepticism. With, I believe we can help turn these players into magnificent storytellers, tools for learning, and a way to promote a lifelong love of stories and language.” His new role was announced at a community event at The Educational Alliance Boys & Girls Club in New York City, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office commended Orman’s life work and willingness to embrace new technology to help encourage children to read books, by naming October 8, 2008 AudibleKids Day in New York City. Orman is a resident of New Jersey. He has four children, Rasheda, Solana, Miles, and Cheyenne. His son, Miles Orman, was on Sesame Street playing Gordon and Susan's adopted son Miles Robinson from the mid-1980s into the early 1990s.

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Jun 11, 1944 In Bronx - New York - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-11-10
Latest Project:
Movie Holiday Rush 2019-11-28
Known For
Poster of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Poster of Striking Distance
Poster of Law & Order
Poster of Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
Movie Holiday Rush Reginald Miller 2019-11-28
Movie All These Small Moments Dr. Rogers 2019-01-17
Movie Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration! Gordon 2019-11-09
Movie Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life Dr. Grady 2012-03-06
Movie Sesame Street: Elmo's Magic Numbers Unknown 2012-07-12
Movie Sesame Street: C Is for Cookie Monster 2010-10-19
Movie Sesame Street: Bedtime with Elmo Gordon Robinson 2009-06-01
Movie Sesame Street: Elmo's Potty Time Gordon 2006-08-22
Movie 30 Days Unknown 2006-10-06
Series The Wire Unknown 2002-06-02
Movie American Pimp Willie Dynamite 2000-06-09
Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jerome Howard 1999-09-20
Movie Sesame Street: Kids' Favorite Songs Gordon 1999-03-09
Movie The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Gordon 1999-10-01
Movie Sesame Street: Elmopalooza Gordon 1998-02-20
Movie New Jersey Drive Judge 1995-04-19
Movie Striking Distance Sid 1993-09-17
Series Law & Order Unknown 1990-09-13
Series Hard Time on Planet Earth Captain Ralston 1989-03-01
Movie Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie: An All-Star Musical Special Gordon 1988-10-05
Movie Sesame Street: Sleepytime Songs & Stories Gordon Robinson 1986-01-01
Movie Follow That Bird Gordon 1985-08-02
Movie Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gordon 1983-11-16
Movie Christmas Eve on Sesame Street Gordon 1978-12-12
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Movie Willie Dynamite Willie 1973-12-19
Series Sanford and Son Unknown 1972-01-14
Series Sesame Street Gordon Robinson 1969-11-10