Emilio Delgado (born May 8, 1940) is an American actor. He is best known for his long-running role as Luis, the friendly Fix-it Shop owner, on the children's television series Sesame Street. Delgado joined the cast of Sesame Street in 1971 and has remained with the show ever since. He began his professional career in Los Angeles in 1968. Delgado lives in New York City with his wife Carole.
Life and career:
Delgado was born in Calexico, California. He can easily claim the longest running part for a Mexican-American actor in a continuing television series. He has also performed in live shows throughout his Sesame Street career, singing the songs of Sesame Street and entertaining thousands of children and their families.
On Sesame Street, his character, Luis, was one of the first human additions to the original cast. Luis was a handyman and an aspiring writer, who debuted on the show in 1971 simultaneously with Raul Julia as Rafael. Together they ran the L&R Fix-It Shop until Julia left the show after one season, and Luis ran the Fix-It Shop alone from then on. In a much later season Luis fell in love with Maria, performed by Sonia Manzano, and married her. The characters Luis and Maria have taught viewers about Hispanic culture and language throughout the run of the show.
In Los Angeles, he was a company member of Inner City Rep, The Group Repertory, and LA Repertory. Some of his New York theatre credits include Floating Home (HExTC), Boxing 2000 (Richard Maxwell NYC Players), Dismiss All the Poets (New York Fringe Festival 2002), Nilo Cruz's adaptation of A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Dinosaurios (IATI), Night Over Taos (INTAR) and an adaptation of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (Round House Theatre).
Other television appearances include Cupid, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He was a regular cast member of Lou Grant and the short-lived Born to the Wind. He also appeared in episodes of Police Story, Hawaii Five-O, Quincy, M.E., and Cosby.
Emilio's latest creative endeavor has been to sing and record with the internationally popular band Pink Martini. He has performed with the band at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in New York City, The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, in Woodinville, Washington at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, and in Portland, Oregon at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Crystal Ballroom and the Oregon Zoo. He appears on their latest album, Splendor in the Grass, in which he recorded the song "Sing", a duet with China Forbes.