List of Famous Clowns People

List of Famous Clowns

188k views 108 items tags f p @
This list of famous clowns includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top clowns in the world? This includes the most prominent clowns, living and dead, both from America and abroad. This list of notable clowns and clown names is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these popular clowns were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but they're all regarded as famous clowns in history and today.

No clown names list would be complete without the likes of Willard Scott, Red Skelton, and more. Did you know serial killer John Wayne Gacy had a career as a clown as well? Famous circus clowns, famous TV clowns, and others are full of surprises.

From reputable, prominent, and well known clowns to funny clown names you might not have heard of, these are some of the funniest famous clown names int the business. You'll even find a few female clown names on this list! So, who are the most famous clowns ever? What are the names of famous clowns? This list has them all, with French, Italian, and other world famous clowns for your amusement.
List Photo:  Stephen King, IT!
G Options B Comments & Embed
  1. 1
    Bill Irwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Clowns
    Photo:  Matthew Eisman /Getty Images

    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

    more ABOUT
    • 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
  2. 2
    John Wayne Gacy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Clowns
    Photo: Freebase/Fair use

    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

    more ABOUT
    • Age: Died at 52 (1942-1994)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Clown
  3. 3
    Emmett Kelly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Clowns
    Photo: Freebase/Public domain

    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

    more ABOUT
    • Age: Died at 81 (1898-1979)
    • Birthplace: Sedan, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Clown
    • Credits: The Greatest Show on Earth, Wind Across the Everglades
  4. 4
    Red Skelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Clowns
    Photo: Freebase/Public domain

    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

    more ABOUT
    • Age: Died at 84 (1913-1997)
    • Birthplace: USA, Vincennes, Indiana
    • 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
  5. 5

    Soupy Sales was an American comedian, actor, radio-TV personality and host, and jazz aficionado. He was best known for his local and network children's television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales; a series of comedy sketches frequently ending with Sales receiving a pie in the face, which became his ...more

    more ABOUT
    • Age: Died at 83 (1926-2009)
    • Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Franklinton
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Presenter
    • Credits: Holy Man, The Making of '...And God Spoke', Angels with Angles, Black Scorpion Returns, Birds Do It, + more
  6. 6


    Grock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Clowns
    Photo: Wiki Commons

    Grock, born Charles Adrien Wettach, was a Swiss clown, composer and musician. Called "the king of clowns" and "the greatest of Europe's clowns", Grock was once the most highly paid entertainer in the world. more

    more ABOUT
    • Age: Died at 79 (1880-1959)
    • Birthplace: Loveresse, Switzerland
    • Profession: Clown
    • Credits: Goodbye Mr. Grock
  7. 7

    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

    more ABOUT
    • 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
  8. 8

    Joseph Grimaldi

    Joseph Grimaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Clowns
    Photo: Freebase/Public domain

    Joseph Grimaldi was an English actor, comedian and dancer, who became the most popular English entertainer of the Regency era. In the early 1800s, he expanded the role of Clown in the harlequinade that formed part of British pantomimes, notably at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the Sadler's Wells and ...more

    more ABOUT
    • Age: Died at 59 (1778-1837)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Clown
L List Options B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >