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Eight-time Emmy Award winner David Smyrl is best known for his role as Mr. Langston Handford on the hit children’s show, “Sesame Street.” David Smyrl is the second-highest Emmy award winner as an actor in children’s programming. From 1990 to 1998, Smyrl starred on the award-winning children’s show as the man who owned Mr. Hooper’s store.

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David Smyrl began his career in the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village in the 1960’s. He broke into television during the 1970’s on an east coast show called “Express Yourself.”

A former Broadway star, Smyrl joined the writers of the hit show “Benson” in 1980. Through this show, Smyrl was awarded a People’s Choice Award. He worked in freelance at Kaleidoscope Films in Hollywood before landing a job as a gag writer, audience warm-up man and actor on “The Cosby Show,” playing the role of Mr. Sam Lucas. Smyrl worked with Cosby for five years.

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