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List of Famous Clowns

Updated August 8, 2017 252.2k views106 items

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

    Age: 70
    William Mills Irwin (born April 11, 1950) is an American actor, clown, and comedian. He began...  more
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    John Wayne Gacy

    Dec. at 52 (1942-1994)
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    Emmett Kelly

    Dec. at 81 (1898-1979)
    Emmett Leo Kelly (December 9, 1898 – March 28, 1979) was an American circus performer, who...  more
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    Red Skelton

    Dec. at 84 (1913-1997)
    Richard Bernard Eheart (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) professionally known as Red...  more

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    Soupy Sales

    Dec. at 83 (1926-2009)
    Milton Supman (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009), known professionally as Soupy Sales, was...  more

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    Grock

    Dec. at 79 (1880-1959)
    Grock (January 10, 1880 – July 14, 1959), born Charles Adrien Wettach, was a Swiss clown,...  more
  • 7

    Bob Keeshan

    Dec. at 77 (1927-2004)
    Robert James Keeshan (June 27, 1927 – January 23, 2004) was an American television producer...  more
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    Joseph Grimaldi

    Dec. at 59 (1778-1837)
    Joseph Grimaldi (18 December 1778 – 31 May 1837) was an English actor, comedian and dancer,...  more
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    W. C. Fields

    Dec. at 66 (1880-1946)
    William Claude Dukenfield (January 29, 1880 – December 25, 1946), better known as W. C....  more

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    Dimitri

    Age: 85
    Dimitri Jakob Muller (September 18, 1935 – July 19, 2016), known as Dimitri was a Swiss clown...  more
  • 11

    Otto Griebling

    Dec. at 76 (1896-1972)
    Otto Griebling (April 28, 1896 – April 19, 1972) was a German-born circus clown who performed...  more
  • 12
    Michael Carey Goudeau (born May 11, 1959) is a juggler and an ex-circus clown who graduated...  more
  • 13

    Chester Conklin

    Dec. at 85 (1886-1971)
    Chester Cooper Conklin (January 11, 1886 – October 11, 1971) was an early American film ...  more
  • 14

    Wavy Gravy

    Age: 84
    Hugh Nanton Romney (born May 15, 1936) — known as Wavy Gravy — is an American entertainer and...  more
  • 15

    Bud Abbott

    Dec. at 79 (1895-1974)
    William Alexander "Bud" Abbott (October 2, 1897 – April 24, 1974) was an American actor, best...  more

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    Avner Eisenberg "Avner the Eccentric" (born August 26, 1948) is an American vaudeville...  more
  • 17

    Oleg Popov

    Age: 90
    Oleg Konstantinovich Popov (Russian: Олег Константинович Попoв, 31 July 1930 – 2 November...  more
  • 18

    Bob Bell

    Dec. at 75 (1922-1997)
    Robert Lewis Bell (January 18, 1922 – December 8, 1997), better known as Bob Bell, was an...  more
  • 19

    Pinto Colvig

    Dec. at 75 (1892-1967)
    Vance DeBar Colvig Sr. (September 11, 1892 – October 3, 1967), professionally Pinto Colvig,...  more
  • 20

    Yuri Nikulin

    Dec. at 76 (1921-1997)
    Yuri Vladimirovich Nikulin (Russian: Юрий Владимирович Никулин; 18 December 1921 – 21 August...  more
  • 21

    Jim Allen

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  • 22

    Lou Jacobs

    Dec. at 89 (1903-1992)
    Johann Ludwig Jacob (January 1, 1903 – September 13, 1992), professionally known as Lou...  more
  • 23
    Willard Herman Scott Jr. (born March 7, 1934) is an American weather presenter, author,...  more

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    Arisa

    Age: 38
    Rosalba Pippa (born 20 August 1982), better known by her stage name Arisa, is an Italian...  more
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    Achille Zavatta

    Dec. at 78 (1915-1993)
    Achille Zavatta (6 May 1915 – 16 November 1993) was a French clown, artist and circus...  more