Charlie Rivel

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Charlie Rivel
Charlie Rivel (1943)
Born Josep Andreu i Lasserre
(1896-04-23)April 23, 1896
Died July 26, 1983(1983-07-26) (aged 87)
Sant Pere de Ribes
Occupation clown
Charlie Rivel, in Vienna, Austria, in 1972.

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.

He debuted when he was three and formed the group Los Rivels with his brothers Polo Rivel and René Rivel. He took his artistic first name from Charlie Chaplin whom he encountered first in 1910. Each respected the other. Legend has that Chaplin later asked him: "Is it you who imitate me or I who imitate you?"

At the start of the Second World War he discovered his definitive routine, featuring a chair, a guitar and a long jersey. During the war he stayed two years in Nazi Germany where a film (Akrobat schö-ö-ö-n, 1943) about his life was produced. The theater play by Gerard Vàzquez Uuuuh! is based on that time. He was a big admirer of Adolf Hitler, to whom he sent birthday greetings as late as 1943. From 1935 until the end of the war embraces Nazism working for the Department of Propaganda of the Third Reich. In that situation, maintains friendly relations with Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels. Later, after the war, Charlie asks for help to General Franco, which provides you passport and entry to Spain.

In 1954 he returned to Barcelona where he became the star of Circo Price. His routine of the ululating clown is still remembered. In 1971, he appeared in Federico Fellini's film Clowns.

Nowadays in Cubelles a Museum is dedicated to him, the Charlie Rivel Hall

There is also a park dedicated to him in Vigo in the province of Pontevedra, Spain.

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