Emilio Delgado, who played Luis on “Sesame Street,” has died. He was 81 at the time of his death. According to his wife, Carol, the actor passed away Thursday surrounded by his family at his home in New York City.
Emilio had been in hospice care after he was diagnosed with the blood cancer Multiple myeloma in December 2020. Carol said Emilio had been working until the pandemic hit.
His last role was the lead in “Quixote Nuevo,” a theater production that had a 3-city run before it got shut down due to the pandemic. He also recently did some voiceover work in January 2022.
The beloved Mexican-American actor was a pioneer in children’s television, playing Luis, the ‘Fix-It Shop’ owner for a total of 40 years on the ‘Street.’ He took a brief hiatus from the show in the late 80s, but returned within a year.
He also performed in live theater throughout his career – including some “Sesame Street” stage productions – and appeared at various conventions over the years prior to his death.
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