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Sesame Street Star David Smyrl, AKA Mr. Handford, Dead At 80

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A legend has died!

David Smyrl, the actor best-known for playing Mr. Handford on Sesame Street, died on Tuesday at Lukenau Medical Center in Philadelphia. He was 80 years old.

Smyrl joined Sesame Street in 1990, playing the former fireman-turned-store owner, and was with the show through 1998.

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He played the character a little less grumpy than did the previous actor, Leonard Jackson, and Smyrl was well-liked throughout his tenure on the show.

According to reports, the actor died of lung cancer, a disease he had developed back in January.

The actor also appeared routinely on the sitcom Benson in the 1970s, winning a People's Choice Award for his work there, and he played contractor Sam Lucas on The Cosby Show, on which he also was a writer.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

[Image via Muppet Wikia/WTAE.]

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