Mcgrath, one of the founding cast members of the beloved children’s television show sesame street, has died at the age of 90. mcgrath was best known for portraying the friendly music teacher bob johnson on the show for nearly 50 years. he was one of the longest-running human characters on sesame street, along with loretta long. his final episode, titled having a ball, aired in 2017.
Died on sunday at his home in new jersey. he was born in illinois in 1932 and studied music at the university of michigan. mcgrath also served in the us army in germany and toured france with the seventh army symphony. he was a singer in the nbc television show sing along with mitch and was a successful folk singer in japan.
Initially was not interested in auditioning for sesame street, but eventually joined big bird, oscar the grouch, bert, and ernie in 1969 for the show’s pilot. he died of complications after a stroke. actor holly robinson peete said mcgrath was “the nicest, sweetest, kindest man” who was “loved all over the world”. he was survived by his wife and five children.