Oleg Popov performing with the Russian State Circus, Worms, Germany, 28 March 2009
|Born||Oleg Konstantinovich Popov
31 July 1930
|Occupation||Clown and circus artist|
He was born on 31 July 1930 in Moscow, the son of a clock-maker. He studied elements of acrobatics, juggling, and other circus skills in his youth. In 1949, he graduated from the Russian circus school in Moscow and started his career in the Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard. Six years later, he became the first clown from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to perform in the Western world. In 1969, he was honored with the title of People's Artist of the USSR. Popov's fame extended to Melbourne, Australia, where he was named King of Moomba (1971).
Popov has performed as a clown, a mime, a tightrope walker, and a juggler. At the 8th International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo in 1981, he won the "Oscar of the clown world": the Golden Clown award. His role as a clown follows the tradition of the Russian "Ivanushka," who fools other people and who is teased himself.
In 2006, Popov was invited to perform at the 30th anniversary of the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo; at 75 years of age, he still managed to inspire a standing ovation.
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- Oleg Popov at the Internet Movie Database
- (Russian) Article about Popov in Argumenty i Fakty, 25 May 2006 Part I Part II.