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Roosevelt Franklin appeared on Sesame Street from Season 1 (1970) to Season 7 (1975). The precocious Roosevelt Franklin attended Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School, where he taught the class as often as not. He taught concepts like family, pride, respect, geography and not drinking poison. Roosevelt was a cool kid who loved to scat, rhyme and sing the blues. His mother was proud of him.

In addition to his elementary school, he had his own stadium, Roosevelt Franklin Stadium, where he coached Headball. Roosevelt has a younger sister, who wishes that she could go to school like he does. [1]

Matt Robinson, who played Gordon during the first three seasons, created the character and performed Roosevelt's voice. [2]

For a while, Roosevelt was considered one of the main characters on Sesame Street. He even had his own record album, The Year of Roosevelt Franklin. Despite significant popularity, he was dropped from the cast following letters complaining of a negative African-American stereotype, and because his rowdy elementary school did not set a good example for children. Roosevelt continued to surface occasionally in storybooks, however, as late as 1996.

As one of the many Muppets to be honored in Season 40, Roosevelt Franklin will make a special cameo in Episode 4212, performed by Paul Rudd.



See also Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School

Roosevelt Franklin counts to 10 for his mother.
Roosevelt Franklin says the alphabet. (YouTube)
Roosevelt's mother asks him to sing about the days of the week. (YouTube)
Roosevelt shows that he can spell his name.
Roosevelt Franklin tells the story of an old king named Morty Moot Mope, from the kingdom of Boebitty Bope, who loves to hear words that sound the same.
  • Same Sound Brown
Roosevelt sings about his friend, Same Sound Brown, who can rhyme faster than anybody else that he knows.
Lyrics appear in Sesame Street Unpaved.
  • Headball
Hard Head Henry Harris, coached by Roosevelt Franklin, participates in Headball and must answer a question. The headball is held at Roosevelt Franklin Stadium. Audience members include Bert, Guy Smiley, Simon Soundman, Biff, Sully, Grover, Herry Monster and Count von Count.

Book appearances

See also


  1. A Day on Sesame Street, Western Publishing, 1979. Drawings by Irra Duga.
  2. Children's Television Workshop Season 2 press release, November 1970: "A versatile artist, Robinson created the character Roosevelt Franklin which Muppeteer Jim Henson has translated into an engaging black puppet figure. Robinson has written several songs for Roosevelt and voices the character as well."

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