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Different Types of Clowns

There are three basic types of clowns: The Whiteface clown is the oldest and most well-known of the clowns The Auguste  clown is the least intelligent, and zaniest of the clowns The character clown is most commonly represented by the Sad Tramp or Happy Hobo Special thanks to Jim Howle, for the graphics...
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Pat Cashin

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.
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Achille Zavatta

Achille Zavata
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.
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Barry Lubin – Grandma

Barry Lubin as Grandma the Clown
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...
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Jackie Le Claire (1927 – 2019)

Jackie Le Claire, inducted into 1996 Clown Hall of Fame
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,...
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Charlie Rivel

Charlie Rivel, 1967, performing his act
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....
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Steve Smith, aka. TJ Tatters

Steve "T.J. Tatters" Smith (1951 - )
Steve “T.J. Tatters” Smith (August 8, 1951 – ) Steve 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...
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Leon McBryde, aka. “Buttons” biography

Face of Leon McBryde as Buttons
Leon McBryde, aka. “Buttons” (1943 – ) Inducted into the 1990 Clown Hall of Fame Growing 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...
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