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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Clowns
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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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Clowns
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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: 49
    • Birthplace: Johnstone, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Cook, Television director, Television producer, Restaurateur, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, The F Word, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares
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    Wavy Gravy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Clowns
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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: 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: 65
    • Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA
    • 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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Clowns
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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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Clowns
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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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