Close up of Ron “Toto” Johnson’s auguste face

Toto Johnson photo gallery

Toto Johnson photo gallery, former Ringling Brother clown – a talented Auguste. (more…)

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Pat Cashin and three of his clown characters

Pat Cashin

Pat Cashin and three of his clown characters
Pat Cashin and three of his clown characters

Pat Cashin (1968- July 24, 2016)

Pat Cashin was a former Ringling Brothers clown, who performed a variety of characters, at a variety of circuses, owner of the Captain Kangaroo character, and was a popular mall Santa.

Pat Cashin was a 1997 graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. Pat began his career with Hansen’s Spectacular Circus Thrill Show and became a seasoned veteran with the following:

  • Circus Spectacular
  • Circus Royale
  • the Hamid Circus
  • the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
  • the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros Circus
  • Caesar’s Royal Roman Circus at Caesar’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.

He was chief “Producing Clown” with the Dingbats, a team of traveling baseball stadium clowns and holds the distinguished position of ‘Stupidvisor of Pedia-tricks and Clownocology’ of the Jersey Shore Clown Doctors program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. He has toured as both a clown and a comedy ringmaster throughout the United States.

Last walk around for Pat Cashin

Patrick Cashin, 48, of Tinton Falls, NJ – husband, father, Clown, Santa, Captain Kangaroo, and all-around comedian and entertainer, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, July 24, 2016.  He was married to Terry Cashin in full clown makeup and attire in Madison Square Garden before performing in one of many shows at the Ringling Brothers Circus.

Pat Cashin had a passion for clown history and was the founder and chief operator of, in addition to being a member of the Board of Directors of the International Clown Hall of Fame. With his death, Pat’s plans for reviving the Captain Kangaroo show have, of course, ended. His wife Terry is attempting to sell the copyright to the Captain Kangaroo character to someone who shares Pat’s vision.

For more information about Pat’s work, visit his website http:/

Pat Cashin was also an actor, as seen in the famous ‘multiplying rabbits’ Visa commercial below.

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Achille Zavata

Achille Zavatta

Achille Zavatta (May 6, 1915 – November 16, 1993)

Achille Zavatta was one of the most famous French clowns, as well as an artist, composer, and circus operator. (more…)

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Barry Lubin as Grandma the Clown

Barry Lubin – Grandma

Barry Lubin as Grandma
Barry Lubin as Grandma

Biography of Barry Lubin – “Grandma”

(July 3, 1952 – )

A member of the 1974 class of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he performed for 5 years with the Greatest Show on Earth. He also performed at the prestigious International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in 1977. Since 1982, Barry has been featured in 15 productions of the Big Apple Circus and has become that show’s Director of Clowning conceiving, co-writing and starring in the Big Apple Circus’ production Grandma Goes to Hollywood. He performed at the 6th International Circus Festival of Budapest in January, 2006 where he was awarded the Special Prize from the Director of The Great Moscow Circus. (more…)

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Jackie Le Claire, inducted into 1996 Clown Hall of Fame

Jackie Le Claire (1927 – present)

Jackie’s parents were performers with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus when he was born. He started clowning at a very young age, and as a young man became a salaried performer in partnership with his father who was also a clown. When he was 19, Jackie became an aerialist. He soon returned to clowning but maintained his aerial skills. He doubled on the trapeze for Cornell Wilde in the film Greatest Show on Earth. After graduating from high school, Jackie took his father’s place in the show the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey sent to Havana, Cuba. During the 1950’s Jackie booked his one-man act for fairs and other circuses. In the 1960’s he once again worked with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus. (more…)

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Charlie Rivel, 1967, performing his act

Charlie Rivel

Josep Andreu i Lasserre (April 23, 1896 – July 26, 1983), best known as Charlie Rivel, was an internationally known Spanish circus clown. He was born in Cubelles (Barcelona, Spain). His parents Pere Andreu Pausas (Spanish) and Marie-Louise Lasarre (French) were circus artists as well.

Charlie Rivel was Europe’s most famous and popular clown. His costume trademark was a long red jersey that had accidentally been stretched in the laundry. A performance at the Grona Lunds Tivoli in Stockholm in 1979 marked his 80th year in show business. (more…)

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Steve "T.J. Tatters" Smith (1951 - )

Steve Smith, aka. TJ Tatters

Steve “T.J. Tatters” Smith (1951 – )

Steve Smith, aka. TJ TattersSteve Smith is best known as the director of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey‘s Clown College. He was a graduate of the college (1971) and a performer and goodwill ambassador with the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey show’s blue unit for the next six years. He moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he received his bachelor’s degree in acting from the Goodman School of Drama. At Clown College, Steve not only served in an administrative capacity, but also taught several classes and conducted nationwide auditions for new students. Steve’s energy and enthusiasm has made him a popular teacher and lecturer on clowning throughout the U.S. He was appointed director for the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus in 1992. (more…)

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Face of Leon McBryde as Buttons

Leon McBryde, aka. “Buttons” biography

Leon McBryde, aka. “Buttons” (1943 – )

Inducted into the 1990 Clown Hall of Fame

Buttons, Leon McBrydeGrowing up in Texas, at the age of 7 young Leon McBryde watched Lou Jacobs perform in the Ringling Brothers circus, and thought that it would be wonderful to do that when he grew up.

In 1969, he got that opportunity when “Buttons” was accepted into the Ringling Brothers Clown College; a year later, he was touring with the Blue Unit of Ringling as a professional clown, and the following year working as Ringling’s Good Will Ambassador — as well as teaching at their Clown College.   He spent the next six years traveling coast to coast, performing at schools and hospitals. (more…)

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Lou Jacobs listening

Lou Jacobs biography – Auguste circus clown

Lou Jacobs (January 1, 1903 – September 13, 1992)

Lou Jacobs listeningInducted into the 1989 Clown Hall of Fame

Lou Jacobs is a legend among clowns. Nearly a decade after his death, he is still immediately recognizable to millions of people, with his bulbous nose, cone-head topped by a tiny fedora hat with a shock of bright red hair around his ears and the ever-present oversize plaid coat, Lou Jacobs personified clowning for Children of All Ages. He entertained audiences at Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey for more than 60 years before retiring from performing at age 84. (more…)

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clown pictures - Michael Polakov - "Coco" - 1991 Clown Hall of Fame

Michael Polakovs, aka Coco

clown pictures - Michael Polakov - "Coco" - 1991 Clown Hall of FameMICHAEL “Coco” POLAKOVS (1923 – 2009)

Inducted into the 1991 Clown Hall of Fame

Coco is a third generation Russian circus clown, who achieved his fame in England where the family came while he was a youth. He was associated with the Bertram Mills and Billy Smart Circuses in England, which later included tours of Europe. (more…)

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