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Famous Male Clowns

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List of famous male clowns, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male clowns list contains the most prominent and top males known for being clowns. There are thousand of males working as clowns in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic clowns have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a clown then the people below should give you inspiration.

Toby Philpott and Andy the Clown are only the beginning of the people on this list.

While this isn't a list of all male clowns, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male clowns?" and "Who are the best male clowns?"


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    John Wayne Gacy
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    John Wayne Gacy, Jr., also known as the Killer Clown, was an American serial killer and rapist who was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of a minimum of 33 teenage boys and young men in a series of killings committed between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. All of Gacy's known murders were ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1942-1994)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Clown
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    Red Skelton
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    Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton was an American entertainer best known for his national radio and television acts between 1937 and 1971 and as host of the television program The Red Skelton Show. Skelton, who has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in radio and television, also appeared in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1913-1997)
    • Birthplace: Vincennes, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Radio personality, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Rudolph's Shiny New Year, Around the World in 80 Days, The Red Skelton Show, Ocean's 11, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, + more
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    Robert James "Bob" Keeshan was an American television producer and actor. He is most notable as the title character of the children's television program Captain Kangaroo, which became an icon for millions of people during its 30-year run from 1955 to 1984. Keeshan also played the original "Clarabell the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1927-2004)
    • Birthplace: Lynbrook, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Actor
    • Credits: Captain Kangaroo, The Stupids, Howdy Doody, CBS Storybreak
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    Gordon James Ramsay, Jr, OBE is a Scottish born British chef and restaurateur.His restaurants have been awarded 15 Michelin stars in total and currently hold 14. His signature restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, London, has held 3 Michelin stars since 2001. Ramsay is known for presenting TV ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Johnstone, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Cook, Television director, Television producer, Restaurateur, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Hell's Kitchen, Hell's Kitchen, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, + more
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    Wavy Gravy
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    Wavy Gravy is an American entertainer and activist for peace, best known for his hippie appearance, personality and countercultural beliefs. His moniker was given to him by B.B. King at the Texas International Pop Festival in 1969. "It's worked pretty well through my life," he says, "except with ...more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: East Greenbush, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Comedian, Actor, Clown, Entertainer, + more
    • Credits: The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose
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    William Mills "Bill" Irwin is an American actor, clown, and comedian. He is best known for his vaudeville-style stage performances and has been noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s. He has also made a number of appearances on film and television, and he won a ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Santa Monica
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Choreographer, Actor, Clown, + more
    • Credits: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Interstellar, Across the Universe, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Eight Men Out, + more
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    Pinto Colvig
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    Vance DeBar "Pinto" Colvig was an American vaudeville actor, radio actor, newspaper cartoonist, prolific movie voice actor and circus performer, whose schtick was playing the clarinet off-key while mugging. Colvig is best known as the original Bozo The Clown, as well as the original voice of the famed ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1892-1967)
    • Birthplace: Jacksonville, Oregon, USA
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Cartoonist, Actor, Animator, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Three Caballeros, Fun and Fancy Free, Saludos Amigos, + more
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    Yuri Nikulin
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    Yuri Vladimirovich Nikulin was a well-known Soviet and Russian actor and clown who starred in many popular films. He was awarded the title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1973 and Hero of Socialist Labour in 1990. He also received a number of state awards, including the prestigious Order of Lenin, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1921-1997)
    • Birthplace: Demidov, Smolensk Oblast, Russia
    • Profession: Ringmaster, Comedian, Mime artist, Actor, Clown
    • Credits: Andrei Rublev, Kidnapping, Caucasian Style, The Diamond Arm, They Fought for Their Country, + more
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    Johann Ludwig Jacob was an auguste clown who performed for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for more than 60 years. He was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 1989. He is credited with popularizing the clown car, which has been a staple of circus clown acts ever since. He is ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1903-1992)
    • Birthplace: Bremerhaven, Germany
    • Profession: Clown
    • Credits: The Greatest Show on Earth
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    Willard Scott
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    Willard Herman Scott, Jr. is an American actor, author, media personality, clown, and comedian, best known for his TV work on Today and as the creator and original portrayer of Ronald McDonald.more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: TV Meteorologist, Media Personality, Comedian, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Holy Man, Roommates, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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    Achille Zavatta
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    Achille Zavatta 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 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1915-1993)
    • Birthplace: Tunisia
    • Profession: Clown
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    Vladimir Durov

    Российский дрессировщик и цирковой артист. Заслуженный артист Республики. Учился в военной гимназии, но оставил ее, увлёкшись цирком. На арене с 1879 года. С 1883 — в цирке-зверинце Винклера в Москве, в цирке Безано. Начинал артистическую карьеру как силач, звукоподражатель, иллюзионист, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1863-1934)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Eurasia, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Russia, Soviet Union
    • Profession: Animal trainer, Clown
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    David Shiner is an American actor, clown, playwright and theater director. Shiner was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Francis Shiner, a computer programmer, and a homemaker mother. The lanky Shiner, usually donning a small dunce cap, started as a street mime, first in Colorado, and later in ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Clown, Playwright
    • Credits: Lorenzo's Oil, Man of the House, Silent Tongue
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    Justin Fletcher, MBE is an English children's television personality in the United Kingdom. Fletcher is most associated as a presenter and actor on the BBC pre-school television channel CBeebies, speaking and performing in various, often self-created, roles.more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Reading, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Actor, Clown, Voice acting, Singer, Presenter
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    Patch Adams
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    Hunter Doherty "Patch" Adams is an American physician, social activist, clown, and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1971. Each year he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries where they dress as clowns in an effort to bring humor to orphans, ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Physician, Clown, Writer
    • Credits: Patch Adams
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    Pierre Étaix
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    Pierre Étaix is a French clown, comedian and filmmaker. Étaix made a series of acclaimed short- and feature-length films in the 1960s, many of them co-written by influential screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. He has won an Academy Award. Due to a legal dispute with a distribution company, these films ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Roanne, France
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, Clown, + more
    • Credits: Le Havre, Pickpocket, Micmacs, Happy Anniversary, The Great Love, + more
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    Ryan Drummond is an American voice actor, actor, singer and comedian.more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: USA, Lima, Ohio
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: Bring It On
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    Markus Kupferblum is an Austrian theatre and opera director, author and clown. He founded the opera company "Totales Theater" in Vienna and is an expert in Commedia dell'arte and mask theatre. He has directed and shown productions in France, Austria, Germany, England, Spain, Belgium, the United States, ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Clown
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    Emmett Kelly
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    Emmett Leo Kelly was an American circus performer, who created the memorable clown figure "Weary Willie", based on the hobos of the Depression era.more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1898-1979)
    • Birthplace: USA, Sedan, Kansas
    • Profession: Actor, Clown
    • Credits: The Greatest Show on Earth, Wind Across the Everglades
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    Christopher Fitzgerald
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    Christopher Cantwell Fitzgerald is an American actor, singer, mime, clown, juggler, and acrobat. He is best known for his role as Boq in the musical Wicked and his role of Igor in Young Frankenstein, for which he earned Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and Tony Award nominations.more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Juggler, Mime artist, Actor, Acrobat, Clown, + more
    • Credits: Revolutionary Road, Boiler Room, Dedication, Girl Most Likely, The Kingdom Chums: Little David's Adventure, + more
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