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Frank Biondo, both before and behind the camera, in "Elmo's World: Cameras."

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Frankie, the Muppet caricature of Biondo.

Frank Biondo has been camera 1 operator on Sesame Street since the very first show. He worked with Jim Henson on projects before Sesame as well, and appeared as himself in a montage in "Elmo's World: Cameras."

Biondo is an Emmy winner in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control for Sesame Street. He's spoken proudly of his work on the series:

This is the biggest show in the world. In the world! The biggest star on television is Big Bird. Big Hollywood stars come on the show, they bow down to Big Bird. At the end of the day, that's something I can brag about. Some other guy's going around saying, 'Hey, I work on The Tonight Show!' Yeah, good for you, buddy. I work with Big Bird! [1]

Notes

  • Biondo founded the Make a Kid Smile Foundation which gives gifts to seriously ill children.
  • Among the things that Alison Bartlett O'Reilly recalls from her first episode as Gina: "the sound of camera operator Frank Biondo’s frightening New York accent after every take stating “Dat was…average.”"[2]

Sources

  1. The Cincinnati Post  "Sesame Street turns 30" Matt Zoeller, 11/20/98.
  2. "Growing Up Gina", sesame family newsletter, December 17, 2010.

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