GEORGE “BUMPSY ANTHONY” HULME (1901-1989)
“Bumpsy Anthony” was born George Anthony Hulme in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Bumpsy Anthony began his career in vaudeville with a breakaway bicycle act and then moved to circuses as a clown. Bumpsy Anthony left home to join the circus at the age of 16, and for 62 years worked on various shows including Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, Tom Mix, Sells Floto, Clyde Beatty, the Robbins Brothers, Walter L. Main, the Keith Brothers, the Wild West, the Hagenback-Wallace Show, Howe’s Great London Shows, Sparks, and Cole Brothers.
He wore a baggy suit with low cut neckline and continued the lines of his unique make-up design down his neck to accentuate his long neck. An acrobatic clown, he performed the table rocking routine. One of his trademarks was carrying a long knotted rope which would get tangled on objects causing him to do a pratfall.
Bumpsy Anthony was posthumously inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 1994.