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 appearances in Episode 1557, Episode 1661 and Episode 1662.

In subsequent episodes, Gabriel Velez took over the role of the character, including Episode 2003.[3] In his latest appearance in Episode 3258, he was performed by Peter Linz.

The Osvaldo puppet has the ability to move his eyes, and later was used 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