Achille Zavatta

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The French Clown Achille Zavatta, 1974.

Achille Zavatta (May 6, 1915 – November 16, 1993) was a French clown, artist and circus operator.

Achille Zavatta was born in La Goulette, Tunisia, the son of Federico Zavatta, a circus owner. He started performing in his family's circus show at the age of three, forming with his brothers Michel and Rolph, the Zavatta Trio. He was the interval act at the 1962 Eurovision Song Contest in Luxemburg. To this day the Zavatta Circus tours France and surrounding countries, these performances include live tiger acts, which means the circus cannot tour Britain under the Animal Welfare Act. The circus is rated as a top show in France.

He became famous for his skills as a pantomime.[1]

He committed suicide[2] in 1993 in Ouzouer des Champs, Loiret and was interred in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Achille Zavatta : «Le clown est un homme universel»
  2. ^ Vie et mort d'un Auguste
  3. ^ Paul Bauer. Deux siècles d'histoire au Père Lachaise Mémoire et Documents, 2006, ISBN 978-2914611480

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