A long-time cast member of Sesame Street, Emilio Delgado, has died at the age of 81. He played Luis Rodriguez, owner of the Fix-It Shop, on the show for 45 years.
He “proudly claimed the record for the longest-running role for a Mexican-American in a TV show,” the show said. This is what they said:
Statement: “Sesame Workshop is saddened by the death of Emilio Delgado, who played Luis on Sesame Street. Emilio was a beloved member of the Sesame Street family.”
“Sesame Street has been a big part of my life for more than 50 years, and for that I’m grateful.”
Emilio was proud to say that he had the “longest-running role for a Mexican-American in a TV show.”
“We are grateful that he shared his skills with us and the world.”
DeLgado joined Sesame Street as Luis when it was still called Sesame Street in 1971.
The way he acts is unique. On the show in 1988, Luis married the show’s other big Latin star, Maria Figueroa played by Sonia Manzano.