Paul ‘Prince Paul’ Alpert (1913 – 1987)
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 circusâ 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.