List of guest stars on Sesame Street

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The following is a list of guest stars who have appeared on the television series Sesame Street.











  • Ice Cube tells Elmo about "astounding" things
  • Ice-T
  • Eric Idle
  • India.Arie sings the ABC's with Elmo
  • James Ingram
  • Mark Ingram one special: Ingram, a New York Giants player, appears during the celebrity performance of "Put Down the Duckie" in Put Down the Duckie: The Sesame Street Special.
  • Jeremy Irons appears during the celebrity performance of "Put Down the Duckie" in Put Down the Duckie: The Sesame Street Special, 1988.
  • Bill Irwin
  • Judith Ivey










  • R2-D2
  • R.E.M. sing the song "Furry, Happy Monsters"
  • Sally Jessy Raphaël
  • Ahmad Rashad defines the word "gigantic" in episode 4152
  • Lou Rawls one segment: Rawls appeared in a segment during the first season, to sing the alphabet. He dismissed the concept of using cue cards for the performance, but reversed such decision when he forgot the order of the letters.[13]
  • Rachael Ray two segments, one baking pumpernickel bread, one describing the word 'amazing.'
  • Helen Reddy
  • Christopher Reeve three segments: Reeve first appeared on the show in the 1980s. He reappeared in 2000 for two segments; in one Reeve says the alphabet with Ernie and Ernie's Rubber Duckie, the other he demonstrates the independent living skills he developed after acquiring a disability in 1995 (quadriplegia).
  • Paul Reubens two segments: Reubens, as Pee-wee Herman, recited his own version of the alphabet in a 1987 insert. Reubens was also recorded for the celebrity version of Put Down the Duckie.
  • Malvina Reynolds season 4 cast member: A folksinger, songwriter, and political activist, then 73-year-old Reynolds appeared on the show performing songs "This House Is Your House".
  • Ryan Reynolds as the letter A in "The A Team"
  • Andy Richter one special: While trying to deliver a tape in the Elmopalooza special, Big Bird runs through the set of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, where Conan is interviewing the Yip Yips; Richter is seen in the background very briefly.
  • Sally Ride one segment: In January 1984, the year immediately following her historic mission, Ride taped a segment on the series where she talks about how A is for astronaut, while Grungetta visits.
  • Kelly Ripa unable to find the slip of paper on which she wrote the meaning of "frustrated" in episode 4144.
  • Tim Robbins two segments, one street scene: Robbins appeared in two 1990 insert segments. In the first, he performs at Prairie Dawn's pageant about the seasons; Robbin's then 5-year-old daughter Eva appeared at the end of the segment.[14] The second, first aired episode 3960, he talks about surprises with Elmo. In a 1997 street scene, Robbins rents a room at the Furry Arms Hotel, which he shares with Muppet animals. Talking to Sesame Street Magazine in 1997, Robbins listed three reasons for appearing on the show: his children, Eva, Jack Henry, and Miles.[14] Robbin's then five-year-old son Miles taped three segments with Baby Bear that appeared throughout the 29th season.[14]
  • Doris Roberts two appearances in one special: In the introduction to Sesame Street special The Street We Live On, Roberts is one of the celebrities in the "My Favorite Sesame Street Moments" clip. She later appears in a celebrity montage of the song "Dance Myself to Sleep".
  • Julia Roberts Elmo demonstrates to her how to look scared
  • Craig Robinson defines the word "pattern" with Elmo
  • Jackie Robinson recites the alphabet in season 1.
  • Smokey Robinson sings "You Really Got a Hold on Me" for the letter "U"
  • Chris Rock
  • Adam Rodríguez As Detective (Alphie) Betts, helps Elmo and Abby find the missing R objects stolen by the Letter R
  • Rico Rodriguez defines the word "magnify" with Elmo
  • Seth Rogen defines "embarrassed" with Elmo
  • Fred Rogers
  • Al Roker
  • Ray Romano
  • Rebecca Romjin defines "accessories" with Abby Cadabby
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Diana Ross sings the song "If You Believe" with Big Bird in 1979.
  • Emmy Rossum defines the word "focus" with Abby Cadabby
  • Mike Rowe appears with Oscar the Grouch in a segment parody of Dirty Jobs called "Dirtiest Jobs"
  • Paul Rudd discusses "brilliant" with Grover
  • Maya Rudolph demonstrates "brainstorm" with Elmo
  • Mark Ruffalo defines "empathy" with Murray
  • Amy Ryan defines the word "paleontologist" with Elmo






  • Alice Walker
  • Bill Walsh
  • Barbara Walters
  • Patrick Warburton explains "stuck" with a chicken stuck in his shirt
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner
  • Denzel Washington
  • Naomi Watts explains "exchange" with Elmo and her husband Liev Schreiber and also appeared in Elmo's Got the Moves.
  • Rutina Wesley demonstrates the word "plan" with Elmo and Abby Cadabby
  • Forest Whitaker defines "imagination" with Count von Count
  • Lillias White season 21-24 cast member, 1 street scene: White appeared from 1989 through 1993 as "Lillian", a regular cast member of the show, winning a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance. During her stint, she also voiced the lead singer of The Squirrelles, a Muppet singing group, consisting of three squirrels. She returned in 2006 as a guest for a season 37 street scene, playing Gabi and Miles' kindergarten teacher Ms. Walsh, in a flashback sequence.
  • sings "What I Am"
  • Brian Williams demonstrates "squid" in a separately-recorded segment, and also as a guest news-anchor reporting that nobody on Sesame Street is sharing
  • Jesse Williams defines "furious" with Elmo
  • Joe Williams
  • Robin Williams seven segments: Williams appeared numerous times in the 1990s and 2000s. In the first, aired in 1992 as episode 2963, Williams uses his shoe to demonstrate what makes something alive. Robin then appeared in a celebrity version of "Monster in the Mirror". Another segment has Robin comparing the similarities and difference between himself and a Muppet robin. In another segment, Williams asks Elmo and the kids whether they would allow a nonsense talking, horned two-headed stranger to play baseball with them. In 2000's episode 3684, Williams talks to Elmo about what you can do with a stick. In 2001's episode 3923, Williams shows off the wonders of feet. The Two Headed Monster shows up to play. In 2012's episode 4280, Williams defines the word "conflict" with The Two Headed Monster.
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Venus Williams
  • Wendy Williams defines the word "veterinarian"
  • Chandra Wilson defines the word "half" with Murray
  • Flip Wilson
  • Mookie Wilson
  • Oprah Winfrey on season 41 premiere, as the voice of 'O' on "The O Show".
  • Henry Winkler
  • Lee Ann Womack
  • Stevie Wonder
  • B. D. Wong
  • Noah Wyle sings with Big Bird



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