Noberto Kerner

Norberto Kerner with co-star on the TV series The Equalizer.

Norberto Kerner (b. 1929 - 1999) was a Chilean-born character actor whose career has been spent primarily in New York City. He played Mr. Ortz, a recurring guest character in multiple SESAME STREET episodes: 2 in Season 9, a 1981 episode & a few in the 1982 - 1983 season. In Season 10, he also supplied the voice of Osvaldo, el Gruñón in episode 1316.[1]

Kerner played in Broadway productions My Old Friends (1979) & Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1995), originating the role of Xius, a widower. Off-Broadway, his credits include Don Juan of Seville (1989), & La Carreta (The Oxcart, 1992); of the latter, The New York Times praised Kerner for his performance "as a grandfather who embodies the values [playwright] Marques cherished most."[2]

On TV, his work ranged from appearances on early TV shows like 1 Step Beyond (1959) to 1970s & 80s action series, including Miami Vice & multiple episodes of Kojak & The Equalizer.

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  1. Old School: Volume 3 DVD (2012). Sonia Manzano audio commentary on episode 1316
  2. The New York Times "Theater in Review" April 22, 1992, by D.J.R. Bruckner

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