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Bert Williams

Bert Williams
Bert Williams (Egbert Austin Williams) (1874 – 1922) Born in the West Indies, Bert Williams was a black entertainer appearing as a song-and-dance clown in the minstrel/tramp tradition of McIntyre and Heath. He was also an excellent pantomimist. His contemporaries considered him the greatest entertainer of his generation....
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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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Joe Jackson Sr (1873-1942)

Joe Jackson Sr.
Joe Jackson Sr. was born as Joseph Francis Jiranek in Vienna, Austria. He was Austrian bicycle champion, and a member of a world champion bicycle polo team before he became an entertainer. He started with a serious bike riding act, and then developed it into a comedy break-...
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Al Ross, famous Shrine clown

Al Ross - shrine clown
Al Ross (1907 – 1981) Born Alphonse Helwig in Cincinnati, Ohio, he took the professional name Al Ross in 1930 when he was part of the Ross acrobatic troupe. Ross, a tramp clown, provided training for fellow shrine clowns in proper clowning skills and etiquette. He would shoot...
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Jim Howle, tramp clown, artist and teacher

Hobo Jim - Jim Howle
JIM HOWLE (1939 – ) Jim Howle is one of the most versatile clowns performing today. In addition to his performing skills, which are finely honed, he is also a famous artist and expert on clown make up. Jim is a native of Darlington, South Carolina, where his...
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Otto Griebling – circus tramp clown

Otto Griebling - color photo
Otto Griebling (April 28, 1896 -€“ April 19, 1972) Inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame 1989 Otto Griebling, who became a fixture of the American circus as a tramp clown performing for the most famous circuses of the 20th Century, began his career not as a clown, but...
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Mark Anthony, famous tramp clown

photograph of Mark Anthony in tramp clown makeup
Mark Anthony, famous circus tramp clown Mark Anthony was born Mark Galkowski in Norwich, Connecticut in 1915. During the depression, he first joined the circus in 1937 in South Carolina. Except for a two-year stint in the Merchant Marines during World War II, he spent most of his...
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Homer / Don Burda – last walkaround

Don Burda as Homer with Dee
(from Richard Snowberg) Dear Clown Camp Family Members, We have lost a member of our family. With sorrow I am writing to tell you that Don Burda passed away this morning (Thursday, September 11) at 5:15 AM. I have spoken with his daughter, Denise, and she was able...
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