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Miles Orman is the son of Roscoe Orman, who played Miles Robinson's adopted father Gordon. Roscoe originally suggested that Gordon and Susan have a child when he first joined the show in 1974. At the time, the producers felt that it was too complicated to cast a baby to play the part. Ten years later, when Roscoe's son Miles was a year old, he revisited the idea. Roscoe remembers, "Caroll Spinney offhandedly said one day, 'That son of yours is so cute -- he's such a great kid -- we should bring him on the show and let him be your son.' I said that I had suggested something like that years ago but it was shot down. And he said, 'Well, you know, you could even adopt him.' That really started my wheels turning and I mentioned it to [Executive Producer] Dulcy Singer."
The producers were intrigued by the adoption angle, and cast Miles in the role. "The idea is that he'll grow up on the show -- for as long as he wants to," Roscoe said in 1986. "He's very outgoing and friendly. He likes people and that's helpful; he's not a wallflower."
Orman grew up in Englewood, New Jersey and attended Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, a Catholic all-male college preparatory school. He played varsity basketball for the Crusaders from 1999-2003. Orman attended Marist College and played for four seasons on its basketball team.
- "Meet Gordon: Roscoe Orman", by Rebecca Herman. Sesame Street magazine, Parents' Guide, issue 160, December 1986.