ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Happy birthday to Englewood's Roscoe Orman -- better known to many as Gordon on "Sesame Street -- who will turn 72 this Saturday, June 11.
Born in the Bronx, Orman has had multiple New Jersey residences.
Orman began his career in theater -- including roles in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" and "Coriolanus" -- but landed the role of Gordon in 1974. He was actually the third to play the character, following Matt Robinson and Hal Miller, who played him three and two years, respectively.
Orman defined the character, however, playing this soft-spoken character for more than half his life, for 40 years. He also brought his son Miles into the show for several years, playing Gordon's adopted son, imaginatively named Miles.
"Sesame Street" wasn't the whole of his career, however. He made several TV guest appearances -- for example, on "Sanford and Son," "Law & Order" and, more recently, "Alpha House" -- and had movie roles as well, including "F/X" and "Striking Distance."
Orman has also written two books and narrated dozens of audiobooks, including several on Shakespeare, in a fitting full circle.