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Curly Robbins

W.D. Robbins – Curly Robbins – 1928 – 2002

Curly Robbins

Curly Robbins

Curly Robbins began his clown career in 1959. He volunteered to be a clown at a underprivileged children’s Christmas party and found he had a passion for it. In 1962, a booking agent for Clyde Beatty – Cole Bros asked him if he’d like to appear with the circus. Curly is known for his many appearances with the Shrine Circuses.

He won many awards for face make-up, costumes and character and was featured in the advertisement for Tebala Temple Shrine Circus. He performed on Tzv as a white face, auguste and hobo clown. He was internationally know for over 40 years of performance. He was known for his humor and generosity.

Curly Robbins was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 2004.


Computer nerd by day, professional clown on evenings and weekends (Raynbow), who combines the two by maintaining a bunch of websites dedicated to the history and performances of clowning, such as Free Clown Skits, and comedy such as Best Clean Funny Jokes.

One thought on “Curly Robbins

  1. Nicholas "Scraps" Gatrell says:

    This is very interesting stuff…I’m a clown history buff also and had never heard of Curly before reading this. Is there any other info on him available other than what you posted here?

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