Arne Arnardo

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Arne Arnardo
Arnardo receiving the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1988.
Born Arne Otto Lorang Andersen
(1912-10-12)12 October 1912
Died 4 May 1995(1995-05-04) (aged 82)
Tøyen, Oslo
Resting place Vestre Moland cemetery, Lillesand
58°15′31″N 8°21′54″E / 58.25861°N 8.36500°E / 58.25861; 8.36500
Occupation Circus performer and -owner
Known for "Circus king" of Norway
Spouse(s) Gerd Gløgaard
Eva Sørensen
Parent(s) Einar and Elna Andersen

Arne Arnardo (12 October 1912 – 4 May 1995), born Arne Otto Lorang Andersen, was a Norwegian circus performer and -owner, generally referred to as the "circus king" of Norway.[1] He escaped with the circus at an early age, took the stage name "Arnardo", and developed proficiency in several different acts. In 1949, he opened his own circus, under the name of Cirkus Arnardo.


Arnardo was born in Sarpsborg, the son of lumberjack Einar Andersen and his wife Elna.[2] He was interested in the entertainment industry from an early age, and escaped with Cirkus Empress as a teenager.[1] Here he worked as a contortionist, illusionist and acrobat.[2] In 1927, he took the stage name "Arnardo", under which he was invariably known since. He also performed as an equilibrist, trapeze artist, hypnotist and ventriloquist.[1] In 1939 he became director of Cirkus Berny, before he was finally able to open his own circus in 1949 – under the name Cirkus Arnardo.[2] Through a keen sense for public relations, Arnardo built the brand of his circus to become the best-known in Norway.[2] He died in his caravan during a show in Tøyen, Oslo, in 1995.[1]

Works and honours[edit]

Arnardo played in the movie Cirkus Fandango in 1954, and authored the autobiography Sirkusliv (Circus Life) in 1962.[3] In 1973 he received the King's Medal of Merit in gold, and he was made Knight, First Class, of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav 1988.[2] He was married twice; to Gerd Gløgaard and Eva Sørensen, née Steene.[2] After Arne Arnardo's death, his son Arild took over the role as director of Cirkus Arnardo.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Johansen, Per Kristian (2004-12-30). "Arne Arnardo". Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Jørgensen, Jørn-Kr. "Arne Arnardo". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  3. ^ Henriksen, Petter (ed.). "Arne Arnardo". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  4. ^ "Cirkus Arnardo" (in Norwegian). Cirkus Arnardo. Archived from the original on March 31, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Arnardo; Bjørnsen, Bjørn (1962). Sirkusliv. Oslo: Cappelen. 
  • Jor, Finn; Jørgensen, Jørn-Kr. (1998). I livets manesje : et møte med Arnardo og hans cirkus - i går, i dag og i morgen. Oslo: Grøndahl Dreyer. ISBN 82-504-2517-0.