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Pat Cashin

Pat Cashin and three of his clown characters
Pat Cashin (1968- July 24, 2016) Pat Cashin was a former Ringling Brothers clown, who performed a variety of characters, at a variety of circuses, owner of the Captain Kangaroo character, and was a popular mall Santa. Pat Cashin was a 1997 graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum...
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Bim Bom

Bim Bom - Founder duo Bim-Bom I. Radunsky (left) with partner M. Stanevsky
Bim Bom  was a Moscow circus clown duo consisting of IvanSemenovich,Radunsky(1872 – 1955) (as Bim) and various “Boms”, active intermittently from 1891 up until at least the World War II. Their clown act was enormously popular, but often banned or censored due to its satirical political content. Each act...
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Achille Zavatta

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Achille Zavatta (May 6, 1915 – November 16, 1993) Achille Zavatta was one of the most famous French clowns, as well as an artist, composer, and circus operator.
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Bill Ballantine

Bill Ballantine
Bill Ballantine (1910 – 1999) Born in 1910 in Millvale, Pennsylvania, Ballantine was introduced to circuses by his father, a member of the Mystic Shrine and once mayor of their home town. Mixing sawdust and grease paint with the sparkling tarnish of the music hall next door to...
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Earl Chaney – Mr. Clown

Earl Chaney - Mr. Clown
Earl Chaney (May 14, 1945 – ) Earl Chaney – Mr. Clown – has been making children of all ages laugh for over twenty years. He perfected his clowning talent in Clown College.  Earl Chaney went on to become one of the best-loved clown characters with the Ringling...
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Giovanni Zoppé – “Nino”

Nino Zoppé with child
Sixth-generation circus performer Giovanni Zoppé has nothing against the modern lions-and-tigers-and-bears spectacle of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, or the Vegas-style slickness of Cirque du Soleil. He just doesn’t think high-concept shows like those capture the essence of the circus. “If somebody came to see our...
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Frank “Slivers” Oakley

Frank "Slivers" Oakley in his baseball skit
Frank Oakley, aka. Slivers, 1871-1916 Frank Oakley, also known as Slivers (1871–1916) was the most popular circus clown of his generation. Born in Sweden, both of Oakley’s parents were concert singers. At the age of 14 he began to practice as a contortionist and at 16 he joined...
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Happy Kellems

Harold “Happy” Kellems
Harold “Happy” Kellems (1905-1987) Happy Kellems was a tramp-character clown, minstrel, and vaudeville performer. A native of Evansville, Indiana, he began his entertainment career in medicine shows, joined by longtime partner, Van Wells. Together they moved to vaudeville and burlesque and then turning to minstrel shows, which became...
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Irvin Romig

Irv Romig
Irvin ‘Ricky’ Romig (1920-2010) Irvin ‘Ricky’ Romig was born into show business and was working in the family’s acts by the age of four. An acrobatic clown skilled in comedy falls; Irv appeared with many circuses throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s, including the Walter l. Main Circus, Kelly...
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Jackie Le Claire (1927 – present)

Jackie Le Claire, inducted into 1996 Clown Hall of Fame
Jackie’s parents were performers with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus when he was born. He started clowning at a very young age, and as a young man became a salaried performer in partnership with his father who was also a clown. When he was 19,...
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