Osvaldo, el Gruñón
DEBUT 1979
Osvaldo and Gabriel Velez

Osvaldo and Gabriel Velez

Osvaldo, el Gruñón (Oswald the Grouch) is a Grouch who lives in Puerto Rico. He first appeared in the Season 11 premiere of Sesame Street, voiced by Norberto Kerner and puppeteered by Richard Hunt.[1][2] After the week of shows in Puerto Rico, he re-appeared in Episode 1325, where he visited Oscar in New York, and then in Episode 1443, where he becomes an air steward for a Grouch airline. He then made an appearance the following season, visiting in Episode 1557.

He was then performed by Gabriel Velez in subsequent seasons on the show, including Episode 2003.[3] In his latest appearance (episode 3258), he was performed by Peter Linz.

The Osvaldo puppet has the ability to move his eyes, and also appears as a background Grouch, sans nose (such as in Follow That Bird). The puppet also appeared briefly in A Muppet Family Christmas.

Book appearances


  1. Old School: Volume 3 DVD (2012). Sonia Manzano audio commentary on Episode 1316.
  2. The Muppet Mindset: Interview with Muppeteer Gabriel Velez - Part 1
  3. Video of Velez performing Osvaldo in a Street scene, circa 1980s

See also