Bob McGrath Biography – Bob McGrath Wiki
Bob McGrath was an American actor, singer, musician, and children’s author best known for playing the original human character Bob Johnson on the long-running educational television series Sesame Street.
In addition to singing the Sesame Street theme song, McGrath also sang other well-known children’s tunes on the iconic show such as “If You’re Happy And You Know It,” “Sing a Song” and “People in Your Neighborhood.”
McGrath described his mother in the 2004 interview as “tremendously musical” and credited her with his success in the music business, where he spent his early years performing in radio competitions.
He studied music at the University of Michigan, where he was a soloist in the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, and graduated in 1954. After college, Mr. McGrath spent two years in the Army, then received a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
After two years of freelance music work that ranged from Gregorian chants at funerals to commercial radio jingles, McGrath joined the televised “Sing Along With Mitch Miller,” singing as a featured soloist for the American band leader for four years, before becoming a popular draw in Japan.
But the bulk of McGrath’s fan base stemmed from “Sesame Street,” on which he appeared in more than 460 episodes. Fans were outraged when in 2016, Mr. McGrath and two other longtime cast members — Roscoe Orman, who played Gordon, and Emilio Delgado, who played Luis — were fired; their contracts were not renewed ahead of the program’s move to HBO in 2015 for first-run broadcast rights.
Bob McGrath Age
Robert Emmett McGrath was born on June 13, 1932, in Ottawa, Illinois, U.S. He died on December 4, 2022, in Norwood, New Jersey, U.S. He was 90 years old.
Bob McGrath Wife
McGrath married his wife Ann Logan Sperry in 1958. They have three daughters and two sons.
Bob McGrath Family
McGrath is survived by his wife Ann Sperry; five children; a sister; and eight grandchildren.
Bob McGrath Death
Sesame Street star Bob McGrath died aged 90 on December 4, 2022, at his home in New Jersey, according to a post on his official Facebook page. “Our father Bob McGrath, passed away today. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family,” the post read.
The Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces “Sesame Street,” paid tribute to McGrath in a statement on Facebook: “Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of Bob McGrath, a beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years.
“A founding cast member, Bob embodied the melodies of Sesame Street like no one else, and his performances brought joy and wonder to generations of children around the world, whether teaching them the ABCs, the people in their neighborhood, or the simple joy of feeling music in their hearts.
“A revered performer worldwide, Bob’s rich tenor filled airwaves and concert halls from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan to Tokyo many times over. We will be forever grateful for his many years of passionate creative contributions to Sesame Street and honored that he shared so much of his life with us.”
Bob McGrath Cause of Death
The cause of death was complications from a stroke, his daughter Cathlin McGrath confirmed to The Washington Post in an email.
Bob McGrath Net Worth
Sesame Street star Bob McGrath’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million.