‘Sesame Street’ star Emilio Delgado has died aged 81.
The actor who brought “beloved” character Luis to life for more than five decades has died of blood cancer.
A Sesame Workshop spokesperson told the New York Post in a statement, “A beloved member of the Sesame family for more than 50 years, his warmth and humor invited children to share a friendship that echoed through the generations.
They praised him for being “at the forefront of representation” for Mexican-Americans.
They continued, “At the forefront of portrayal, Emilio proudly claimed the record for longest-serving role for a Mexican-American in a television series.
“We are so grateful that he shared his talents with us and with the world.”
According to his widow Carla – who spoke to TMZ – Emilio had been living with the disease for a few years and died with his family by his side, but was still rehearsing for a theater production of “Quixote Nuevo”.
Emilio took on the role of Luis on the PBS children’s show – which features classic characters Elmo, Big Bird and the Cookie Monster – in 1971, the owner of the local Fix-It Shop and remained there until 2016.
In 2020, he got excited about the role and his pride in showing “Latinos in a good light.”
Emilio – who was born and raised in California – said: “I’ve tried my whole professional life to be somewhere where I can change that, whether I’m talking about it or trying to get into a project. which showed Latinos in a good light.. That’s why “Sesame Street” was such a good thing.For the first time on TV, they showed Latinos as real human beings.
“We weren’t drug addicts. We weren’t maids or prostitutes, as we were shown on TV in movies.
“Here on ‘Sesame Street,’ there were different people speaking different languages and eating interesting food, and they were all Americans.”
Along with Carla, he leaves behind his two adult children Aram Delgado and Lauren Delgado.