Graveyard Shift List of Famous Clowns

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This list of famous clowns includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top clowns in the world? While most clowns don't intend to scare, these reasons why kids hate clowns might bring back some childhood fears. This list 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, Bill Irwin, 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, old, 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.

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Bill Irwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Clowns
age 68 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 ...more

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John Wayne Gacy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Dec. at 52 (1942-1994) John Wayne Gacy, Jr., also known as the Killer Clown, was an American who was convicted of a minimum of 33 teenage boys and young men committed between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. All of ...more

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Emmett Kelly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Dec. at 81 (1898-1979) Emmett Leo Kelly was an American circus performer, who created the memorable clown figure "Weary Willie", based on the hobos of the Depression era.

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Red Skelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Dec. at 84 (1913-1997) 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 ...more

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Soupy Sales is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Dec. at 83 (1926-2009) 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 ...more

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Grock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Grock Dec. at 79 (1880-1959) 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 ...more

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Bob Keeshan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Dec. at 77 (1927-2004) 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 ...more

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Joseph Grimaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Joseph Grimaldi Dec. at 59 (1778-1837) 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 ...more

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W. C. Fields is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Dec. at 66 (1880-1946) William Claude Dukenfield, better known as W. C. Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. Fields's comic persona was a misanthropic and hard-drinking egotist, who remained a ...more

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Dimitri is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Dimitri age 83 Dimitri. After changing his name, his official name is Jakob Dimitri. He is a well-known Swiss clown and mime.

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Otto Griebling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Otto Griebling Dec. at 76 (1896-1972) Otto Griebling was a German-born circus clown who performed for many years with the Cole Brothers and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circuses. He was one of four clowns given the title ...more

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Michael Goudeau is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Clowns
age 59 Michael Carey Goudeau is a juggler and an ex-circus clown who graduated from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He was an Emmy-nominated writer and executive producer for ...more

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Chester Conklin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Dec. at 85 (1886-1971) Chester Cooper Conklin was an American comedic actor who appeared in over 280 films, about half of them in the silent film era.

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Wavy Gravy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Clowns
age 82 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 ...more

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Bud Abbott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Dec. at 79 (1895-1974) William Alexander "Bud" Abbott was an American actor, producer and comedian. He is best remembered as the straight man of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Lou Costello.

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Avner the Eccentric is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Clowns
age 70 Avner Eisenberg "Avner the Eccentric" is an American vaudeville performer, clown, mime, juggler, and sleight of hand magician. He played the title role in the 1985 film The Jewel of ...more

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Oleg Popov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Oleg Popov age 88 Oleg Konstantinovich Popov is a famous Soviet and Russian clown and circus artist. Popov is also called the "Sunshine clown". He was born on 31 July 1930 in Moscow, the son of a ...more

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Bob Bell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Dec. at 75 (1922-1997) Robert Lewis Bell, better known as Bob Bell, was famous for his alter-ego, Bozo the Clown. He was the original portrayer of the character for Chicago superstation WGN-TV.

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Pinto Colvig is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Dec. at 75 (1892-1967) 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 ...more

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Yuri Nikulin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Died at 76 (1921-1997) 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 ...more

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Jim Allen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Jim Allen Jim Allen is a television producer.

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Lou Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Dec. at 89 (1903-1992) 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 ...more

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Willard Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Clowns
age 84 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.

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Arisa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Clowns
age 36 Rosalba Pippa, better known by her stage name Arisa, is an Italian singer and actress.

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Achille Zavatta is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Clowns
Dec. at 78 (1915-1993) 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 ...more