List of clowns

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"ON THE LAST DAY OF THE CARNIVAL, Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday,) promiscuous masking is allowed on the streets, which are thronged with picturesque bands of maskers of every age and condition, and their costumes run in every garment from the clown to kings and queens."
The view shows a group of maskers in the street, most in costumes of clowns with polka-dots and pointed hats. A sign on the neutral ground reads "Welcome to the Winter Capital of America". Early 20th century postcard

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  • Abbott & Costello (William (Bud) Abbott, 1897–1974); Louis Costello, 1906–1959) American comedy duo whose mastery of the white clown (straight man) /red clown (comic) relationship made them one of the most popular and respected teams in American comedy history
  • Ben Turpin (September 19, 1869 – July 1, 1940) cross-eyed comedian, best remembered for his work in silent films
  • Buster Keaton – (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) The Great Stoneface. His innovative work as both a comedian and a director made great contributions to the development of the art of cinema
  • Charlie Chaplin – (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) British born comedian. The most famous actor in early to mid Hollywood cinema era, he acted in, directed, scripted, produced, and eventually scored his own films. His principal character was "The Little Tramp"
  • Chester Conklin (January 11, 1886 – October 11, 1971) American comedian and actor
  • Harry Langdon – (June 15, 1884 – December 22, 1944) was an American silent film comedian and a first class mime
  • Jacques Tati – (October 9, 1908 – November 5, 1982) was a French comedian, mime and filmmaker best known as the socially inept Monsieur Hulot
  • Keystone Cops incompetent group of policemen created by Mack Sennett for his Keystone Film Company between 1912 and 1917
  • Laurel & Hardy – perhaps the most famous comedy duo in film history
  • Martin & Lewis – an American comedy duo, comprising singer Dean Martin (as the "straight man") and comedian Jerry Lewis (as his stooge)
  • The Marx Brothers – a team of sibling comedians that appeared in vaudeville, stage plays, film and television
  • Peter Sellers – (September 8, 1925 – July 24, 1980) Extremely versatile and talented English comedian and actor best remembered for the character of Inspector Clouseu
  • Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle (March 24, 1887 – June 29, 1933) One of the most popular actors of his era, but is best known today for his central role in the so-called "Fatty Arbuckle scandal"
  • Shaggy 2 Dope; DJ of the Insane Clown Posse, a Detroit-based hip-hop group with a fan army of "schizophrenic wizards" called the juggalos and star of underground film Big Money Hustlaz
  • Slim Pickens, rodeo clown and film actor
  • Snub Pollard (November 9, 1889, Melbourne, Australia, – January 19, 1962) was a silent film comedian, popular in the 1920s.
  • The Three Stooges – starred in many short features that consisted of masterful ways of showcasing their extremely physical brand of slapstick comedy
  • W.C. Fields – (January 29, 1880 – December 25, 1946) was an American comedian and actor. Fields created one of the great American comic personas of the first half of the 20th century
  • Violent J; The leader of the Insane Clown Posse, a Detroit-based hip-hop group and star of Big Money Hustlaz underground film.
  • In Halloween (1978 film) and the remake Halloween (2007 film) the main character Michael Myers (Halloween) is dressed in a clown costume when he murders his older sister Judith Myers on Halloween night.
  • In Poltergeist (1982 film) a supernatural movie directed by Tobe Hooper features a clown doll in several scenes. During the finale, this doll becomes possessed by a demonic presence and attempts to strangle the character Robby Freeling.

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Famous[edit]

  • A. Robins – Vaudeville's "The Banana Man" and "One Man Music Shop"
  • Andy Kaufman American comic and one of the most famous practitioners of anti-humor
  • Clark & McCullough – Bobby Clark & Paul McCullough started as circus clowns and progressed to be stars of stage and screen
  • Ed Wynn – The Perfect Fool
  • George Carl – Longtime star of the Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris
  • George Washington Lafayette Fox, perhaps the most famous American stage clown during the 19th century and one of the first known performers to become typecast in a role
  • Joseph Grimaldi credited with being "the first whiteface clown" — in an homage to Grimaldi, circus clowns began referring to themselves and each other as "Joey"s, and the term 'joey' is now a synonym for clown
  • Olsen & Johnson – Stars of Broadway's Hellzapoppin'
  • Richard Tarlton – actor and clown in the Elizabethan theatre in England
  • Robert Armin – actor and clown in Shakespeare's company
  • Spike Jones and his City Slickers – Murdered the classics with their "Musical Depreciation Revue"; versatile American musical act featuring slapstick circus-style comedy
  • Tommy Cooper – British comedy magician
  • W. C. Fields – Vaudeville comedy star who mastered the variety as well as the legitimate stage, silent and talking films, print and radio
  • Will Kempe (fl. c 1589–1600) – actor dancer and clown who worked with Shakespeare; famously jigged his way from Norwich to London in 1600

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ernie Blinko Burch (1929 – 1997)". Famous Clowns. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  2. ^ Alan Clay (2005) Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide, Artmedia ISBN 0-9578844-1-9
  3. ^ Bryan Chan (2011-09-14). "Cirque du Soleil performers before and after photos". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  4. ^ Ginia Bellafante (21 August 2005). "A Funny Kind of Love". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Bowers, Paul. "The wisdom and sorrow of Puddles, the clown with the golden voice", Charleston City Paper. (accessed 25 September 2014)