Matt Robinson

Actor + Voice + Producer
Born Jan 1, 1937

Matthew Thomas "Matt" Robinson, Jr. was an American actor. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on New Year's Day in 1937, he was the first actor to portray the character of Gordon Robinson on the long-running PBS children's TV program Sesame Street. When Sesame Street began in 1969, not only did Robinson play Gordon, but he also provided the voice of the puppet Roosevelt Franklin and also was one of the show's producers. He left the show in 1972.… Read More

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1937 Birth Born Matthew Thomas Robinson Jr., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Matthew Robinson Sr. and Marie Robinson on January 1, 1937. … Read More


1958 21 Years Old Robinson attended West Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before going on to Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania and graduating in 1958 with a degree from the College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. … Read More
1962 25 Years Old Before that, in 1962, Robinson wrote a slave revolt drama titled Rained All Night.


1969 32 Years Old Robinson's television breakthrough came in 1969 when he joined the Children's Television Workshop (CTW) to assist in the development of a new children's program for National Educational Television, Sesame Street—his initial role with CTW was to produce and oversee filmed segments focusing on the diversity of different characters on the show. … Read More
He should be the Gordon.'” He ultimately resigned from the role in 1972.
1974 37 Years Old …  Robinson would continue his work as a producer and writer in the 1974 film Amazing Grace, about a group of neighbors seeking to overthrow the a few shady, money hungry politicians in town. … Read More


1982 45 Years Old Robinson was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1982 at the age of 45, but continued to battle the disease for 20 years.


1997 60 Years Old In 1997, during her father's struggle with the disease, daughter Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, started the HollyRod Foundation. … Read More
2002 65 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He ultimately succumbed to the disease on August 5, 2002 in Los Angeles at the age of 65. … Read More
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