Frankie Cordero (b. February 15) is a performer and puppet builder who has performed ensemble and right-handing work for Sesame Street, including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float for several non-consecutive years, the video Music Works Wonders, Families Stand Together, and seasons 46 on. In 2017, he began performing recurring character Rudy. He also serves as the US performer for Zeerak of Baghch-e-Simsim.
His other credits include work on It's a Big Big World, Oobi, Jack's Big Music Show, Curious Buddies (Nick Jr.), CSI:Las Vegas, and the Henson series Julie's Greenroom. He has also performed in spots for Comedy Central, McDonald's, Hasbro, Playskool, Reese's, Brisk, Jolly Rancher, and Discover Card.
Frankie is also a director/producer/editor for videos, and has produced works for and collaborated with artists such as Tally Hall , Julia Nunes , and The Gregory Brothers . He co-produces Corduroy Cat videos through Frankenstudio with his company partner Ken Berman, and composer Devin Shepherd.
Frankie also performs as a puppeteer for theater. He toured with groups such as Blair Thomas & Co, Walking With Dinosaurs- The Arena Spectacular! and Dramaton Theater, and performed at many NYC venues, including HERE, La MaMa ETC, Radio City Music Hall, PS-122, Carnegie Hall, and The Metropolitan Opera, where he was one of three principal puppeteers who portrayed "Sorrow," Cio Cio San's 3-year old boy in Anthony Minghella's production of Madama Butterfly.
Among his awards are the 2015 Armstrong Vine Award in Comedy, the 2004 Kevin Clash Scholarship for Puppeteers of Color, and the 2002 and 2004 Jim Henson Memorial Prize in Puppetry, as a student of The University of Connecticut's Puppet Arts Program.
- Sesame Street
- Music Works Wonders
- We Are Family music video
- 2005 Sesame Workshop board of trustees dinner
- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
- Families Stand Together
- Julie's Greenroom
- Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas
- The Real Grouches: Diva Garbagedump's dog
- The Magical Wand Chase
- Elmo's Food Rap Battle