Matt Robinson, Jr.

Matthew “Matt” Robinson, Jr. (Lib 1958) debuted as Gordon on the first episode of Sesame Street on November 10, 1969. Robinson was one of the original creators of the show and appeared on television for the first three seasons. He wrote The Gordon of Sesame Street storybook, recorded an album of children’s songs, and helped shape the show into an international success. He also wrote and produced The Cosby Show (1983 - 1990), movies Save the Children (1973) and Amazing Grace (1974), and the play The Confessions of Stepin Fetchit (1993). The former president of the Penn State Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Robinson and his wife, Dolores, had two children, Matthew Robinson III and actress Holly Robinson. A recipient of an NAACP Image Award, Robinson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1982 and died on August 5, 2002.