Prince Paul, circus clown

Paul ‘Prince Paul’ Alpert (1913 – 1987)

clown picture - painting of Paul Alpert, aka. Prince Paul

Inducted into the  Clown Hall of Fame in 1992, Paul Alpert became a  famous little person, after gaining a start in clowning in 1933 with the Paul Jung troupe.  The Bangor, Maine native went on to fame as a  Ringling Bros. clown, performing for more than 50 years. He also became a frequent instructor at the circus’ Clown College in Florida.
Alpert produced several numbers for the circus, including his famous “Wild West Whoop De-Do“, a funny version of the early frontier days. His efforts earned him a rare circus program credit by Ringling officials. He also met a number of famous entertainers during his career. He retired in 1980 after heart surgery and went to Massachusetts to live with his sister.


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